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Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector

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Treating Millions for HIV — The Adherence Clubs of Khayelitsha

Twenty miles from the gleaming, modern buildings of Cape Town, South Africa, is the township of Khayelitsha… Treating Millions for HIV — The Adherence Clubs Read More

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“If I Take My Medicine, I Will Be Strong: ” Evaluation of a Pediatric HIV Disclosure

Background: Despite known benefits, only a small proportion of HIV-infected children in sub-Saharan Africa know their status and limited disclosure interventions exist.

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Vietnamese HIV Group Seeks To Educate, Support HIV-Positive Women

PBS NewsHour: In Vietnam, learning to embrace life with HIV “…HIV/AIDS is one of Vietnam’s largest health issues. In the country of 93 million, an estimated 250,000 people are living with HIV and about 67,000 of them are women, according to UNAIDS, which receives its data from the Vietnamese Ministry of Health. The Sunflower group’s…More


To Achieve 90-90-90 Global HIV Targets, Prevention, Care Must Focus On Vulnerable Populations

JAMA: Focusing to Achieve a World Without AIDS Anthony Fauci, NIAID director, and Hilary Marston, senior policy fellow for HIV/AIDS at NIAID “…[T]he new [global AIDS] goals are the ’90-90-90’ targets: by 2020, 90 percent of all people living with HIV should know their HIV status, 90 percent of those who test positive for HIV…More


Data-Driven Approach Critical To Refocusing HIV/AIDS Response In Malawi

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: 2014: A pivotal year for the HIV response in Malawi Beth A. Tippett Barr, chief of health services at CDC Malawi, discusses efforts by CDC, PEPFAR, the Malawi government, and other stakeholders to revise their 2014 annual plan with a focus on how data can inform their HIV/AIDS response. “…The data…More


Gates Optimistic ‘Two Miracles’ Of HIV/AIDS Vaccine, Improved Treatments Will Be Available…

Bloomberg News: Gates Predicts Two Miracles for AIDS Relief by 2030 “…Improved treatment and the development of a vaccine to prevent new infections are the ‘two miracles’ needed to help turn the tide [on AIDS], the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Corp. [Bill Gates] said Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland…” (Cao, 1/23).…More


Blog Post Outlines 10 Top Global Health Issues For 2015

Humanosphere: 10 Global health issues to watch in 2015 In a guest post, Margarite Nathe, senior writer for IntraHealth International, outlines 10 top global health issues for 2015, including mental health, cancer, HIV/AIDS, family planning, mobile technology, global health security and surveillance, war and civil unrest, Ebola, the post-2015 development agenda, and people-centered health systems…More


Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

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It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector


Treating Millions for HIV — The Adherence Clubs of Khayelitsha

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Twenty miles from the gleaming, modern buildings of Cape Town, South Africa, is the township of Khayelitsha… Treating Millions for HIV — The Adherence Clubs Read More


Demedicalizing AIDS Prevention and Treatment in Africa

Demedicalizing AIDS Prevention and Treatment in Africa — NEJM.


OST Banned In Crimea, Ukraine, Putting Drug Users At Increased Risk for HIV, U.N. Envoy Says

Agence France-Presse: AIDS crisis brewing in Crimea and east Ukraine says U.N. “A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where injecting drug users have lost access to therapy to wean them off heroin, the U.N.’s AIDS envoy said Wednesday…” (Ingham, 1/21). The Guardian: Ukrainian drug addicts dying due to…More


China Reports Increase In New HIV Cases In 2014

Financial Times: China reports sharp rise in HIV cases “China has reported a sharp rise in new cases of HIV infection last year, highlighting increased incidence of the disease among the elderly and young students…” (Waldmeir, 1/16). Xinhua News: China reports over 100,000 new HIV/AIDS infections in 2014 “China reported 104,000 new HIV/AIDS infections in…More


PEPFAR’s Focus On Partnerships With Other Agencies Will Move World Forward On AIDS

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Fighting HIV: Time to Focus, Says Debbi Birx Todd Summers, senior adviser at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses a recent blog post by Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Deborah Birx on the PEPFAR 3.0 agenda. Summers outlines…More


USAID Works To Strengthen Health Care Workforce To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Invest in Health Workers to End AIDS Diana Frymus, the health systems strengthening adviser in the Office of HIV/AIDS, writes, “In most countries with a high HIV burden, health work force shortages are commonplace and create significant barriers to combating the epidemic.” She discusses USAID’s work to strengthen health care capacity as part…More


Government Investment, Behavior Change, Improved Health Care Access Contributing To Global…

Christian Science Monitor: HIV/AIDS: What’s behind the decline in new infections “Global efforts in recent decades to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS — reported to have killed some 39 million people — appear to be having an effect. The number of newly infected individuals worldwide is down 38 percent since 2001. Increased government investment in…More


Disaster Preparedness, Investment In Haiti Will Help Nation Recover From 2010 Earthquake

Devex: Learning the hard way: Lessons from the Haiti earthquake Ruth Ayarza, regional manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance “…Although the United Nations set up clusters around specific themes such as nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene [following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti], no group was established for HIV,…More


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