Tag Archives: Paul Farmer

TB trials highlight needs, opportunities

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Two recently announced tuberculosis study results  could change approaches to treatment delivery and development, but only if funding allows the realization of the opportunities they highlight. One of the studies was the REMoxTB trial, which set out to address the desperate need for shorter, simpler routes to cure tuberculosis, by determining if substituting the antibiotic […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why response to drug-resistant tuberculosis lags, deadly disease in Togo prisons, while science leaps money lags . . .

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Tuberculosis, Drug Resistance, and the History of Modern Medicine: From what may have been the first published randomized clinical drug trial, to  neglect when deaths declined in the affluent countries where “headlines are written,” to the widening fault lines that divided those who had to worry about tuberculosis, and those who could ignore it, to […]

AIDS Vaccine 2012: Of YECIs and generations of work

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BOSTON, MA — When Bill Snow, now director of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, first became interested in the quest for a vaccine against the AIDS virus, he had a life expectancy of less than 10 years, he said Sunday. That was in 1989, he told the audience gathered for the opening of AIDS Vaccine […]

Farmer To Be UN Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti

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Did Paul Farmer get a consolation prize from Bill Clinton? That’s one possible reading of the news that the ex-president appointed Farmer, founder of Partners in Health and chair of Harvard University’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, to be UN deputy special envoy to Haiti. Until last week, Farmer was rumored to be […]

Crunch Time for Shaping House Foreign Assistance Overhaul

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Congress is out of session, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing cooking in Washington. Indeed, when it comes to global health issues, this week could prove pivotal. That’s because the House Foreign Affairs Committee set a Friday deadline for feedback from the advocacy community on its plans to overhaul US foreign assistance. The House committee’s […]

Will Infectious Diseases Get Slighted in Foreign Assistance Overhaul?

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Congress is preparing to give US foreign assistance a dramatic make-over, and at least one initial outline does not bode well for efforts to combat infectious diseases in the developing world. The House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday released a “concept paper” detailing the panel’s ideas for overhauling foreign aid reform and the US Agency for […]

Vertical vs. Horitonal and the Future of PEPFAR

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With PEPFAR seemingly at risk of being shortchanged by the Obama administration, there was a special urgency to Wednesday’s Capitol Hill briefing about the future of global health programs. The debate was framed, in health advocate speak, as vertical vs. horizontal. In other words, are vertical programs like PEPFAR, focused specifically on HIV/AIDS, draining money and […]