Author Archives: ScienceSpeaks

Advanced illness at HIV treatment start is dropping in some countries surveyed, still seen in a…

Categories: HIV/AIDSThe prevalence of advanced HIV among people beginning antiretroviral treatment has declined in eight of 10 resource-constrained countries surveyed, while median immune cell counts went up — indicating less weakened immune systems — in six countries, indicating improved access to testing and treatment, but still, about one third of patients starting treatment during the time […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, General Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease | Tagged , | Comments closed

Survey found pregnant women in Puerto Rico concerned about spread of Zika, took some, but not…

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingBy August 2016 the connection between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and severe debilitating neurological birth defects among infants had been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention four months earlier, and experts had termed the spread of the virus in Puerto Rico “explosive.” The needs to confront the virus effectively on […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, General Global Health, Infectious Disease, Women & Children | Tagged , | Comments closed

Bedaquiline effective, safe, manageable across wide range of settings, five-continent data show

Categories: UncategorizedData on patients treated with one of the two newest tuberculosis medicines in 15 countries across five continents show that the treatment, which represents a last resort for hundreds of thousands of people with drug-resistant strains of disease, can be administered safely in a wide range of settings, and bring greatly improved outcomes compared to […](Read more…)

Posted in General Global Health, Infectious Disease, Tuberculosis | Tagged | Comments closed

Office of AIDS Research gets a shout out — and a $544 million cut in NIH budget…

Categories: HIV/AIDSCiting priorities of HIV research slated to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, dispatching the Fogarty International Center while extolling its contributions, document released by National Institutes of Health director tallies steep and devastating cuts without explanation ” . . .the HIV epidemic represents the most serious health crisis of our time, a critical and […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, General Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease | Tagged , , , | Comments closed

Tracking patients raises numbers returning to antiretroviral treatment — but tracking the…

Categories: HIV/AIDSWhen community health workers went looking for patients who had started antiretroviral treatment but had stopped showing up for care at 14 clinics across Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, 13 percent of those sought returned to treatment. That represented a significant, if still small improvement over the 10 percent who returned for care when no effort […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, General Global Health, Infectious Disease | Tagged , , | Comments closed

It’s time for a new question in disease outbreaks

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingThe following is a guest post by Brittany Iskarpatyoti, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation. Diseases are not blind to gender. Many of them biologically prefer or are more in contact with one sex over another: be it male rice field workers occupationally exposed to leptospirosis[i] or school-age girls exposed to schistosomiasis when fetching water.[ii] Unfortunately, the […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, General Global Health, Infectious Disease | Tagged , | Comments closed

Global gag rule spelled out, restricting services, support and resources, turning recipients…

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingThe foreign-aid restricting policy known as the Global Gag Rule for its intended impact on medical services offered to women in resource-limited countries, re-emerged this week in its new, sweeping form with restrictions to funding and activities of a greatly expanded range of health, and health-related service providers spelled out in detail in USAID’s Standard Provisions for […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, General Global Health, Infectious Disease | Tagged , | Comments closed

Trump budget proposes to gut research, responses that counter disease threats at home and…

Categories: Transition 2017, Transition 2017, Science funding, U.S. Policy and FundingAdministration details deep cuts to CDC domestic and global health programs, steep drops in National Institutes of Health funding, and a retreat from efforts to find and control outbreaks where they start . . . and calls it “Putting America’s Health First” Work led by the United States to prevent, detect, treat and control diseases, […](Read more…)

Posted in Funding, General Global Health, Infectious Disease | Tagged , , , | Comments closed

We’re reading about a new WHO leader with a vision of health care for all, and a very…

Categories: What we’re readingThe World Health Assembly election this week of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to be the next Director General of the World Health Organization followed the release of the Trump administration’s budget proposal by one day. That led to overlapping discussions of two starkly irreconcilable views of the role that access to health care plays in a […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, Funding, General Global Health, Global Health Delivery Project, Infectious Disease | Tagged , | Comments closed

As an #Ebola outbreak raises unmet challenges, we’re reading how politics drives public health

Categories: What we’re readingWhile the World Health Organization’s announcement of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo raised appropriate alarm, the recognition of and response to the disease following nine cases of illness with three deaths over the last several weeks represent some degree of progress. The outbreak is the eighth in the country that was […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid, Aid & Development, Ebola, Infectious Disease | Tagged | Comments closed

Understanding of DRC #ebola outbreak unfolds and highlights the continuing challenges

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingPending regulatory, ethics approvals in-country, DRC government, WHO and MSF preparing to offer investigational vaccine to contacts, including healthworkers, frontline teams Suspected cases all found in single health zone, WHO regional office reports A month after the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have begun, knowledge of where, […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid, Aid & Development, Ebola, Infectious Disease | Tagged , , | Comments closed

Expanded global gag rule restricting services to women will affect about $8.8 billion in U.S….

Categories: Transition 2017With a new policy titled “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” the United States will restrict its international support for a broad array of medical services and disease responses that include HIV prevention and treatment, maternal and child health interventions, malaria care and control, Zika monitoring, surveillance, diagnosis, and more, the Department of State announced […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, General Global Health, Infectious Disease, Malaria, Women & Children | Tagged , , , | Comments closed

U.S. global health leadership more critical to security, stability and prosperity than ever,…

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingAs priorities shift under new administration, report makes case that foreign assistance in U.S. interests, but requires improved efficiencies, sustainability In a report written with an eye to a new administration’s views on the value of foreign aid, and released Monday, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine makes a case that U.S. global […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, Funding, Global Health Corps, Infectious Disease | Tagged , | Comments closed

Biomedical research benefits bring House members, NIH leaders together

Categories: Research and DevelopmentIn the face of a proposal by the Trump administration to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health by nearly a quarter with an $8 billion drop, House members hold a hearing that covers “from AIDS to Zika,” the “Cancer Moonshot,” the quest for a universal flu vaccine, how researchers working in their own […](Read more…)

Posted in Aid & Development, General Global Health, Infectious Disease, Noncommunicable Disease | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed