Tag Archives: Ambassador Deborah Birx

Birx, Farmer: Global AIDS lessons can inform, equip hepatitis response

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WASHINGTON, DC — Health leaders who gathered Wednesday at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day agreed that recognition of the needless toll and continuing threat of that global, infectious and often deadly disease has been a long time coming. They also cited practical promise in the recent World Health Assembly Hepatitis Resolution that […]

AIDS 2014: HIV and tuberculosis are one disease in Southern Africa

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia through the coming week, with updates on research, policy and insights from the 20th International AIDS Conference. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – “We must ensure that the worlds of HIV and TB focus on individual human beings instead of individual diseases” This message headlined remarks from Mark […]

While a baby in Mississippi proves what science can do, just a third of HIV-infected children get the treatment they need, leading to question: What will it take?

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Can pediatric AIDS end with numbers still uncounted? What has to happen to propel the progress of two and a half decades of confronting HIV in children to the success of no child contracting the virus, getting sick with AIDS, and no child dying from the disease? That was the question posed to a panel […]

USAID’s 50 Years of Global Health charts changing priorities, offers history in progress and “catalogue of lessons”

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In the decade that the United States Agency for International Development began its work in global health, life expectancy in low-income countries averaged about 43 years, about 240 of every thousand children died before the age of five, and no records existed of maternal mortality rates. HIV was unheard of. A half century later, with […]

Ambassador Deborah Birx on viral load testing, young women, South Africa, and the T word

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In Part 2 of a Science Speaks interview with PEPFAR’s new leader, Ambassador Deborah Birx looked at impact, accountability and transparency in a sustainable response. When Dr. Deborah Birx was sworn in as the fourth leader of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief in April, she confronted a unprecedentedly complex, and some said, […]

Ambassador Deborah Birx on Uganda, and why she doesn’t say “country ownership”

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Part I of a Science Speaks interview with PEPFAR’s new leader to be presented in two parts, looking at impact, accountability, transparency in a sustainable response Part I A week after  Ambassador Deborah Birx took office as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, she issued her first official statement, ” . . .on the Principles of PEPFAR’s […]

Uganda law concerns at home and abroad, CDC PrEP guidelines endorsed, getting ready for World AIDS Vaccine Day . . . We’re reading about what’s next

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Ambassador Deborah Birx, on the Passage of the HIV Prevention and Control Act by the Ugandan Parliament –  With more than three decades of experiences at home and abroad offering lessons, Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx responds to the Uganda Parliament’s new HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act, which criminalizes HIV transmission, mandates […]

AIDS among children, teenagers a “Hidden Epidemic”

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Elizabeth Chester held up a picture of half a dozen large pills – the daily treatment regimen for a child infected with HIV. She then held up a picture of the child, showing that a child no more than three years old has to do what an adult would have difficulty doing, swallowing down pill […]

Making AIDS history, amfAR counts down to a cure at Capitol Hill briefing

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Ambassador Deborah Birx,  Anthony Fauci, Michel Sidibe, Kenneth Cole, Miss Universe, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Tom Harkin, and World Bank President Jim Kim among participants in event to “Make AIDS History.” It already sounds like history now, before testing, before treatment, before activism, science, money and policy introduced hope into the time when an AIDS […]

Ambassador Birx formally sworn in by Secretary Kerry at State Department event

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At the swearing in ceremony for Ambassador Deborah Birx as the new Global AIDS Coordinator today at the State Department, Secretary John Kerry told the very personal story of Dr. Birx’s first brush with HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s. Ambassador Birx had lost a lot of blood as she was in labor with her daughter, […]