Tag Archives: Kenya

Lockdowns due to COVID-19 projected to stall TB detection and treatment leading to increased incidence, deaths globally over next five years

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While stay-in-place and physical distancing measures to control the spread of COVID-19 are projected to also slow the spread of other illnesses, lockdowns prompted by that pandemic will delay TB diagnoses and treatment efforts by much greater proportions, leading to rising rates of tuberculosis illness and deaths, an analysis released today shows. Focusing on impacts […]

HIV: Best practices lead to a practical guide for lowering mother-to-child transmission of HIV

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The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Sutherland, PhD, of MEASURE Evaluation The Partnership for HIV-Free Survival was an innovative project designed to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in six sub-Saharan African countries: Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. An evaluation of these programs, conducted in 2018, revealed several best practices that […]

Africa and COVID-19: Facts, figures, and myths

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi China has been courting African nations for years. Chinese investment and infrastructure include the $200 million African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as a glistening medical school nestled in greenery of the Volta Region of Ghana. With the volume of Chinese […]

116th Congress: Meet the new Republican, two new Democrats on the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee

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With oversight of funding for the State Department, and, with that, for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and for USAID, the House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and related programs plays a pivotal role in American leadership of global infectious disease responses. With the Democratic majority the subcommittee gets two […]

Stigma surrounding tuberculosis keeps patients from services, worsens health risks, but remains largely unmeasured, unaddressed

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Interviews in Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia health facilities found that the more staff knew about patients’ rights, the likelier they were to recognize — and report — discrimination against people with tuberculosis. A study in Lesotho found links between stigma surrounding HIV and TB and increased rates of depression and alcohol use among co-infected patients. […]

Access to medicine, diagnostics and human rights . . . We’re reading how to fight TB

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Just 2 percent of people with the severest cases of drug-resistant TB currently have access to new, more effective treatments that could save their lives – Remember the excitement a couple of years back when the first new kinds of drugs to treat TB to be developed in half a century were approved? When delamanid […]

Harm reduction and an AIDS-free generation, sex work research, and sustainable development goals . . . We’re reading about the inextricable ties of health and human rights

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Harm Reduction and the Global HIV Epidemic – Looking at access to health and harm reduction services in five countries where HIV epidemics intersect with injecting drug use, this report from amfAR points out that “an AIDS-free generation” would need to include everyone, but that most current national policies don’t. Examining the extent to which […]

PrEP for sex workers in Kenya, HIV and contraception research, Uganda a gay-friendly tourist destination? . . . We’re reading about approaches with promise

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State to buy sex workers HIV prevention drugs – This article, topped by a photo that tells its own story, backs into the description of a promising plan unpromisingly (“Kenyan taxpayers will have to part with approximately Sh4 billion [4 billion Kenyan shillings] annually to provide sex workers with a daily HIV and AIDS prevention […]

Dr. Deborah Birx: Fighting AIDS with research and treatment changed landscapes of care, prevention, colleagues say

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Two events make up the pillars of the narrative people who have worked with Dr. Deborah Birx tell, when they talk about the the physician researcher who has been nominated to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. One event concerns the only clinical trial for an HIV vaccine candidate to yield proof of […]

HIV, TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases: An International Infectious Disease Reporting Contest awards on-the-ground views of harm reduction, co-infection, living in sickness and silence, and more

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A nurse and a drug dealer make a deal to get clean needles to injecting drug users in a Tanzania slum, confronting HIV and TB where they thrive. The result is powerful, and the story of how and why they work together, The Street of Blood and Smoke, gives an in-depth, inspiring, and informative look […]