Tag Archives: Malawi

A doctor’s path, directed by devastation, supported by science, takes him back to Africa

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Dr. Charles Holmes was completing his medical education when he lived and worked for three months in Malawi in 1999. The AIDS epidemic there, uncontrolled, was peaking. Medicine had been saving AIDS patients’ lives in wealthy countries for the last five years, but was still out of reach for most Africans. Desperately sick people lay […]

Catching up: TB talk show, Addictophobia, the gap between sex worker data and reality, and the first to go

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In the lull following AIDS 2012, Science Speaks is catching up on reading — and watching — pieces that came out in the days before and during the conference. Tuberculosis and HIV: Protecting the Vulnerable: “People fear TB more than HIV,” says a young Ugandan woman who survived the disease and now works with young […]

Groups to Global Fund, PEPFAR: Support switch from toxic treatment

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Imagine a country that, while poor, serves as something of a model for getting treatment for HIV out to those who need it —  addressing  obstacles that can make the  vision of full-scale coverage and  treatment as prevention seem like a mirage elsewhere. That’s how international donors and implementers talk about Malawi, where, they say, […]

Doing TB Diagnosis With Shopkeepers and Bicycles? Not a Sustainable Strategy

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There were plenty of frightening statistics and unsettling trends highlighted at today’s World TB Day briefing on Capitol Hill. But one photo captured the true scope of the problem in scaling up diagnosis and treatment of the global TB epidemic. Celine Gounder, MD, an IDSA member and TB/HIV specialist at Johns Hopkins University, described a […]

Another Piece of Evidence in the Case for Earlier, Wider Access to ART

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The case for earlier and wider initiation of antiretroviral therapy just keeps getting stronger. First, there’s the increasing solid consensus that initiating ART earlier significantly increases an HIV patient’s chances of survival. Then there’s the fact that initiating ART earlier reduces the number of people needing more costly second-line therapy. We also know that the […]