Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Stalled funding, policies of 2018 pose continuing challenges to infectious disease responses ahead

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A year that started with a shutdown of the U.S. government is ending the same way, demonstrating ongoing instability in American policy, funding and global health leadership. At the same time, from events dividing the ranks of global HIV responders, to the first Ebola outbreak fought in a war zone, the year has highlighted needs […]

Measles report shows how setting reachable goals can guide progress, but not fast enough

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The report on outcomes of measles elimination efforts released last week by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, as its title suggests, progress. Between the first year of this century and 2017, according to the report, Progress towards regional measles elimination, access to the first dose of […]

In Zika, as in Ebola responses, emergency responses meet status quo

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Of the $9.6 million the United Nations Population Fund tried to raise to address the sexual spread of Zika virus in countries around the world, it has received just $250,000, according to the World Health Organization’s most recent update on global responses to the disease, released last week. UNFPA had estimated that $9.6 million would […]

Ebola: Known chains of transmission ended, leaving changed health landscape

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“There’s no question the disease did get away from us all, collectively, and in retrospect, there are a number of things that we would have done better and sooner . . .”  Dr Rick Brennan, Director, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, WHO Calling this “a good day . . . an important day,” representatives […]

Once again, “Ebola-free,” Liberia begins three months of surveillance, while Guinea and Sierra Leone see dwindling crisis, continued challenges, and CDC looks ahead

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A medical student in Guinea doesn’t reveal that he was exposed to Ebola when he’s admitted to a Conakry hospital, where he then shares a room. By the time he is diagnosed with the virus, a visitor of the roommate has fallen ill and taken a dozen taxis to a series of doctors and hospitals, transmitting […]

One more reason global health news matters: Ebola reporting provides real time data

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By the time the World Health Organization learned of an Ebola outbreak sparked in December 2013, when a bat likely transmitted the virus to a child playing in a tree, nearly four months had passed and the disease had spread across three countries in West Africa. In the process of the response that followed, information that could […]

Access to treatments for MDR TB, hepatitis C, other health threats set to expand with UNITAID grants targeting market barriers

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The first new tuberculosis drug in more than 40 years, a treatment for hepatitis C currently priced in the United States at $84,000, and an early infant diagnostic test for HIV are among the breakthrough medicines and technologies the global health financing organization UNITAID is aiming to make available to people in low- and middle-income […]

TB advocates respond to Global Fund proposal for “historical disease allocation” model

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As board members of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria prepare to meet Thursday and Friday in Geneva, advocates for tuberculosis detection, treatment and prevention have signed a response to a proposal they say will foster a divisive “disease against disease” approach to funding, and seriously undermine efforts to roll out cost-effective […]