Tag Archives: Rwanda

Amid other challenges, Burundi begins front-line, health worker Ebola vaccinations at border

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DRC neighbor boosts preparedness for spread of virus while grappling with increasing malaria cases, continued cholera outbreak Burundi’s health ministry Tuesday launched a campaign to vaccinate  health workers and others on the front line of a Democratic Republic of Congo border crossing Tuesday, the most recent in a series of steps preparing for the eventuality […]

Calling Goma Ebola confirmation a potential “game changer,” Tedros says he will reconvene WHO emergency committee

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Citing the confirmation of a man sick with Ebola in Goma, a Democratic Republic of Congo city of 2 million near neighboring Rwanda’s border, and the continuing impacts of violence and political instability on efforts to control the spread of the virus, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ended a speech before a […]

As Ebola vaccinations begin in South Sudan, DRC officials highlight challenges, perceptions

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Vaccinations against Ebola in a South Sudan city close to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the virus continues to spread, began today, the latest recognition of the potential for the ongoing war-zone outbreak still not officially deemed a Public Health Emergency of International Concern — or PHEIC — to become one. […]

Fauci: No excuse for HIV treatment wait

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Dr. Anthony Fauci was remembering when he knew virtually all of his AIDS patients would die within months. He was recounting the bitter frustration of being trained to be a healer, and having no recourse. He was talking about “one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of medicine,” that in the three decades since […]

A little human rights analysis, a little funding news, a little traditional medicine . . . We’re reading a little of everything on global HIV frontlines

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Access to HIV prevention in Rwandan prisons: Rwanda’s post-genocide government recognized the importance of meeting the needs of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable populations and built the right to health into its 2003 Constitution. This is all looking like good news, especially as the article goes on to describe how prisoners with HIV in […]

Cross-Continent Collaboration Seeks to Bolster Pediatric HIV Care

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When Gilbert Tene, a Rwandan pediatrician, first examined Joseph, the 9-month-old baby boy had acute pneumonia and severe failure to thrive. His short life had already been marked by repeated episodes of illness—fevers, diarrhea, coughs. He was severely malnourished, weighing only about 12 pounds, and could not sit steadily by himself. His diagnosis: advanced HIV […]

An End to the Vertical Vs. Horizontal Debate?

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For decades, global health experts, policymakers, and others have been debating the merits of disease-specific initiatives versus broader efforts to strengthen health systems. It’s the old the vertical vs. horizontal argument. No one has settled that debate. But maybe we should stop asking that particular question. Or at least start asking some new ones.  “It’s not a […]

The question of universal access for TB patients

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This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. In the world of HIV/AIDS, a long rallying cry has been universal access for treatment. Now it’s coming to the world of TB – and likely for other […]