Tag Archives: Africa

Health Systems & the Growing Threat of Drug Resistant HIV & TB

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Dr. Luis Sambo, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, sought to draw attention this week to the growing threat of drug-resistant strains of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria on the continent, calling for aggressive action “before the situation gets out of hand.” Sambo made his comments during the 59th session of the WHO regional committee meeting […]

New vaccine would revolutionize the fight against tuberculosis…if funding is available

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How could the world dramatically lower the incidence of tuberculosis and save millions of lives?  An effective TB vaccine would revolutionize the response to TB, which kills about 5000 people each day, and eliminate the need for lengthy and often difficult drug treatment.    An effective vaccine would be of tremendous benefit all over the world, including […]

Prioritize Fighting AIDS…or Health System Strengthening…Or Both?

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Last night I attended a session here in Cape Town that addressed the controversial issue of to what extent HIV/AIDS programs have helped strengthen the delivery of non-AIDS health services in developing countries. This has been a hot topic in the global health debate, in the wake of last-month’s release of a WHO-led study of […]

MSF Report: ARV Shortage in Africa Threatens Progress on Global AIDS

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Just before the 2009 International AIDS conference got underway, Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) released a report detailing HIV drug shortages in Africa that could threaten to unravel the fragile gains made in recent years putting patients on treatment across the developing world. The MSF report says that “disruptions in the supply of anti-retroviral […]

A hopeful look at HIV prevention

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When it comes to the strategies of preventing HIV/AIDS, many say the world has failed. They point to daunting numbers from last year: an estimated 2.7 million new HIV infections, while 1 million were put on treatment. The race is still being lost, and it’s common to hear now that countries can’t treat their way […]

PEPFAR Succeeds in Preventing HIV/AIDS Deaths, But Not In Cutting Prevalence

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How effective is PEPFAR? That’s been a contentious question of late.   Now, a new study highlights one stunning success, and another troubling failure, of the global AIDS programs started by ex-President George W. Bush in 2003.   First, the good news: PEPFAR decreased the HIV/AIDS death toll in targeted countries by more than 10 […]