Category Archives: What we’re reading

What we’re reading: Realities to keep in mind when planning to eliminate TB and other diseases

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Open Letter by the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health — in the context of TB – When a preventable and treatable disease remains the world’s leading infectious killer, the reasons can be found in inequities that allow the disease to spread and kill. […]

What we’re reading: In health security and health rights, the costs of abandoning progress are high

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Advocacy to End Peace Corps HIV Dismissals – Last week we covered an effort by HIVMA and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors to learn more about, and to provide expertise to inform, current Peace Corps policies regarding volunteers living with HIV. The Peace Corps has since responded to a letter which […]

What we’re reading: Drug prices and global free-loading? Or pharmaceutical free-loading?

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On Friday, as the World Health Organization, related agencies, and international nonprofits geared up for the challenges confronting swift responses to the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Trump administration released a plan to bring down the price of medicines for diseases here in the United States. Among its analyses of […]

What we’re reading: HIV prevention options and a ticking clock, “protecting life” while defunding ID services, and overcoming a challenge to opioid ID prevention

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Why a promising new approach to HIV prevention could lose funding – From explaining the ways in which HIV can be stopped from infecting a new person, to explaining why research and development of prevention options could narrow in the next two years, health and science writer Heather Boerner tells how focus in the search […]

What we’re reading: The interwoven lessons of infectious disease and opioid responses

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An Opioid Crisis Foretold – This piece from the editorial board of The New York Times provides a brief history of errors in practice and policy that have led to, and sustained previous epidemics of opioid use. Among the lessons recounted here that should have averted and still could inform responses to the present opioid […]

What we’re reading: Training drives public health and pandemic preparedness

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Do we want another Spanish influenza pandemic? How can improving opportunities for educational loan repayment improve domestic and global health security and prevent future pandemics? In a look back at more than 60 years of contributions from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, this opinion piece by one its alumnae […]

What we’re reading: When the difference between words and actions on global infectious disease control hits home

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The State Department mismatch on global health rhetoric and reality –  Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought in, or left in place strong proponents of global infectious disease responses, including continuing U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Amb. Deborah Birx and USAID Administrator Mark Green, this analysis notes, but also notes that White House policies and […]

What we’re reading: A State Department switch, a trip to Africa, and DREAMS deferred?

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Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo – Secretary Rex Tillerson cut short his trip to Africa, this article notes, where he had cancelled an appearance at an event in Kenya highlighting achievements of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief there after learning of his dismissal. We […]

What we’re reading: An unimaginably bad budget plan, and its impacts . . .

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The Trump Budget’s Effect on HIV: Unimaginably Bad – Dr. Melanie Thompson is Chair of the HIV Medicine Association and principal investigator of AIDS research at the Consortium of Atlanta. As a physician specializing in HIV care she has seen the inequities that fuel the epidemic in Atlanta, Georgia, and the impacts. Here, she enumerates […]

What we’re reading: Global Health insecurity, why the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and ending AIDS at home

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The CDC is about to fall off a funding cliff – A couple of years after fast-moving and devastating outbreaks of Ebola and Zika overlapped, and even as the potential for both of those viruses to wreak havoc on families, communities, economies and on global stability continue in the absence of strong health response capacities, […]