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10 Years in Rwanda: Leaders Reflect

Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), PIH’s sister organization in Rwanda, has made tremendous progress over the years. On the occasion of IMB’s 10th anniversary, we asked five leaders to reflect on the changes. Their memories and insights are below. Anatole Manzi Director of Mentorship, Enhanced Supervision for Health Care and Quality Improvement It was May 2005 when I heard about Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB). I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, but I already had an advanced diploma in general nursing


Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.

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Toward an HIV vaccine: A scientific journey

An interesting discussion by Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH) and Dr. Hilary Marston, medical Read More


Institute Of Human Virology To Begin Human Clinical Trial Of HIV Vaccine Using Different…

Baltimore Sun: HIV vaccine to be tested on people “After years of research, a promising HIV/AIDS vaccine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is moving into the critical human testing stage. The school’s Institute of Human Virology, headed by Dr. Robert Gallo, who helped discover the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS and…More

Innovation and Commitment Needed to Turn Back the HIV Epidemic Among Girls 

Director of CDC’s Division of HIV & TB Shannon Hader on 2015 International Day of the Girl A girl leans against a tree in the village of Usoma, Kenya. Every year, an astonishing 380,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV. That’s more than 1,000 every day. These numbers are worth noting any day, but it’s especially relevant today as we recognize International Day of the Girl. Consider sub-Saharan Africa, where one in four new HIV infections occurs among young women and girls.

Botswana Looking To China To Help Improve HIV Prevention, Monitoring Programs, Health Official…

Xinhua News: Interview: Botswana eyes closer cooperation with China in fight against HIV “Botswana is eyeing closer cooperation with China in the fight against HIV/AIDS, especially on education and monitoring programs, said a senior health official. In a recent interview with Xinhua, National Coordinator of Botswana National AIDS Cooperating Agency (NACA) Grace Muzila said China…More

WHO “test and start” ART guideline highlights difference between “finding” and…

Categories: What we’re readingThe World Health Organization’s early release last week of some of the agency’s updates to guidelines on antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV served as a heartening new sign of the direction HIV-fighting efforts will take, but also as a reminder, for those who need it, of the stark difference between medical and political […](Read more…)

11K Beijing University Students Take HIV Prevention Lesson As Part Of Curricula

Xinhua News: Beijing makes HIV/AIDS prevention first lesson in college “For students admitted to seven universities in Beijing this year, the first lesson they were given this September was on HIV/AIDS. According to the Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, 11,000 students from seven universities had participated in nine sessions on HIV/AIDS prevention last…More

U.S., World Must Continue To Finance HIV/AIDS Programs To Control Epidemic

New York Times: The Tools to Fight HIV Editorial Board “Medical leaders have the knowledge and the tools to greatly curtail the global AIDS epidemic within the next 15 years. The question is whether the nations of the world will invest the resources to do it. … Financing for AIDS programs is supplied by industrialized…More

Number Of HIV Cases Detected Among Young People In Sri Lanka Rising, Health Ministry Says

Xinhua News: HIV/AIDS on rise amongst Sri Lankan youth: ministry “Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry on Thursday warned that the number of HIV/AIDS case was on the rise amongst the youth in the island nation. Quoting the ministry, local media reports said health authorities had identified some 160 people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS as of October this…More

WHO ART guideline: Treat all with HIV, offer PrEP to those at “substantial risk”

Categories: HIV/AIDSGUIDELINE URGES STANDARD OF CARE PRACTICED IN U.S., OTHER WEALTHY COUNTRIES, APPLY TO ALL . . . “We have no excuses,” says U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx They cost pennies to manufacture, and research has proven that accessing them upon diagnosis of HIV is life-saving, averts serious illnesses, and prevents transmission of the […](Read more…)

Experiences from the Field: Innovative Approaches to Improving Heart Health in Malawi

Alice Maida, MD, MPH, CDC Malawi As a Medical Program Specialist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Malawi, I provide HIV technical support at the national and site level. My public health practitioner work with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) national HIV program and PEPFAR implementing partners has provided many opportunities to engage in implementation science and expand evidence-based comprehensive models for HIV care and treatment. Recognizing the increased burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) among Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV), especially cardiovascular disease, my scope of work has expanded to support the integration of hypertension care at PEPFAR-supported HIV care delivery sites.

News in the Humanosphere: Treat patients with HIV right away, WHO recommends

The World Health Organization announced a new protocol for people with HIV. In short, patients should begin treatment immediately after testing positive. It is in line with what other countries, including the U.S., have recommended. It is no small deal since it means 37 million people living with HIV now need treatment. Doing so won’t

Strengthening Civil Society Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

Huffington Post: Building a Stronger Civil Society to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation Deborah L. Birx, ambassador-at-large and coordinator of U.S. government activities to combat HIV/AIDS “…The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced that it will make a $10 million contribution to the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund (RCNF) over the next…More

PEPFAR announces prevention, treatment targets, highlights “DREAMS” for young women

Categories: HIV/AIDSTags: Ambassador Deborah Birx, Health Gap, treatment targets, WHO guidelinesWhile announcements from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief often highlight the program’s success stories, PEPFAR supplied depressing data along with its release Saturday of new targets for treatment enrollment, additional prevention interventions, and infections to be prevented, over the coming two years. That’s because the targets “for the first time ever” (as the […](Read more…)

UNAIDS Meeting Highlights SDGs As Way To End AIDS Epidemic By 2030

U.N. News Centre: Global Goals provide opportunity to ‘quicken pace of action’ to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 — U.N. “Speaking at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the leaders of Kenya and Malawi co-hosted [Sunday] with the Joint U.N. Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) a high-level panel discussion on scaling up efforts to end the…More

Report Examines TB In South Africa, Role Of U.S. In Prevention, Treatment

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Tuberculosis in the Age of Drug Resistance and HIV: Lessons from South Africa’s Experience In this report, Phillip Nieburg, CSIS senior associate (non-resident) and co-chair of the Prevention Committee of the HIV/AIDS Task Force, and Sahil Angelo, a program coordinator and research assistant for the CSIS Global Health Policy…More

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