by Anna Vassall, Michelle Remme, Charlotte Watts, Timothy Hallett, Mariana Siapka, Peter Vickerman, Fern Terris-Prestholt, Markus Haacker, Lori Heise, Andy Haines, Rifat Atun, Peter Piot
The following new articles are publishing this week in PLOS NTDs: Guillet J, Hallier M, Felden B (2013). PLoS Pathog 9(12): e1003767. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003767 The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, and there is currently much debate, discussion and jostling for position regarding what should replace them. The results of which is likely to prove extremely important for determining the global health budget over the coming decades. Here James Smith and Michelle Taylor discuss the history of NTDs in the context of the sixth MDG goal (to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases), as well as the case for including them in the post-2015 agenda
Stephanie M. Topp – As part of the current cohort of Emerging Voices (in residence in Cape Town preparing for the upcoming ICASA conference) those of us in the Health Systems track have been engaging in a lively debate around post-2015 HIV financing and policy options. As we approach the MDG target date and move towards the post-MDG era, many questions are being posed about the threats to, and opportunities for, disease-specific programs…
“[T]here has been tremendous progress in the medical and scientific aspects of HIV and AIDS. But there has been much less progress on the social aspects of the pandemic, especially the stigma associated with the disease,” David Barstow, president of EMPACT Africa, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Religion” blog. “Leaders of local faith communities have…More
When Regan Hoffman first moved to Washington D.C., she was asked by a potential landlord why she worked in HIV/AIDS advocacy. Fearing discrimination, she hesitated before saying that she works in HIV advocacy because she’s infected with the disease herself. Her landlord said he didn’t care about her status, and she breathed a sigh of […](Read more…)
To learn how we're getting to the hardest-to-reach patients, read about HIV Treatment Coordinator Charles Phiri's most difficult dirt bike ride.
“We are indebted to [Nelson] Mandela for his leadership role in making HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa an issue that the world could no longer ignore. Mr. Mandela’s speech at the International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000 changed the course of the epidemic in both his country and the continent,” Sharon Lewin, a professor at…More
The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog provides an overview of a new report from the Ukrainian Anti-corruption Action Centre and All Ukrainian Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS that looks at HIV and tuberculosis treatment access in the country. The report examines the public procurement system and “makes recommendations to reform the…More
Living amidst one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in Europe, with among the highest rates of both HIV and TB, one in eight people living with HIV in Ukraine also has tuberculosis and one in eight living with HIV dies, according to a report from, the country’s Anti-corruption Action Centre, and All Ukrainian Network […](Read more…)
CDC Malawi Laboratory Advisor Dr. Abdoulaye Sarr reviews a CDC supported HIV program during a site monitoring visit. This year, my staff and I have had the opportunity to spend considerable time in health facilities that our HIV-funded partners support throughout this beautiful country. Some of these facilities are on back-country roads; others are on forest-covered hills, while others sit on the shores of Lake Malawi.
In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, reflects on Nelson Mandela’s role in the global AIDS response. He recounts Mandela’s attendance at the July 2003 International Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Paris, writing, “We…More
“Philanthropic support for HIV/AIDS initiatives in low- and middle-income countries in 2012 totaled $500 million, or 5.4 percent of total international funding, a report from Funders Concerned About AIDS finds,” Philanthropy News Digest reports. “Produced with support from UNAIDS, the report [.pdf], ‘Global Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2012,’ found that philanthropic funding to…More