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Call for a Patient-Centered Agenda for #TB Diagnosis in High-Burden Countries

Technology and basic science, while important, are crowding out simple and patient-centered approaches to tuberculosis (TB) care that could make a difference immediately. Current approaches…

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World TB Day 2012

This year’s theme for World TB Day, celebrated today, is ‘Stop TB in my lifetime’. It is a very catchy slogan and, most of all, a very…

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Time to stop TB

It was almost 130 years ago, in March 1882, that Robert Koch presented his discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus. It was an important discovery and…

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Blog Highlights Global Health Publications, Campaigns

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights a new publication from AVAC examining pre-exposure prophylaxis to reduce the risk of HIV infection; updates from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria about its new funding model; a commentary on new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx; and a campaign…More


Africans Must Raise Voices Against Anti-Gay Law

In the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s “Voices” blog, Edwin Cameron, justice of the constitutional court of South Africa, discusses the impacts of anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda. Urging Africans to speak up, Cameron writes, “Africans of goodwill must raise their voices. The right to justice of LGBTI people is the…More


Working Paper Examines Global Fund’s Presence In China

The Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound” blog discusses a working paper assessing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s 10-year presence in China. Yanhzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at CFR, writes, “The Fund’s money has played a vital role in boosting resources to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria in China.…More


The Daily Impact: Global Climate Change Efforts are Falling Short

April 14, 2014 A UN panel warned that governments are not doing enough to prevent the risks posed by climate change. From the NY Times: In a report unveiled here, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that decades of foot-dragging by political leaders had propelled humanity into a critical situation, with greenhouse emissions rising faster than ever. Though it remains technically possible to keep planetary warming to a tolerable level, only an intensive push over the next 15 years to bring those emissions under control can achieve the goal, the committee found. “We cannot afford to lose another decade,” said Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chairman of the committee that wrote the report.


Strength in numbers: Community health workers in social franchise networks

Dr. Aye Aye owns a small, tin roof clinic nestled next to her home in Yangon, Myanmar. There she serves the poor of her community with integrated health services including family planning, tuberculosis screening and treatment, diarrhea treatment, and more. She was one of the first doctors to join the Sun Quality Health Network, PSI/Myanmar’s social franchise network.


Global Fund’s New Funding Model Launched In West, Central Africa

Media sources discuss the launch in West and Central Africa of the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bernama: African Countries Discuss New Funding Model To Fight Diseases “Twelve countries from the eastern and southern African regions met here over the past four days to discuss the new…More


USAID’s Shah Testifies Before Congress On Global Health Budget

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s lack of mention of global tuberculosis and HIV in his opening remarks during the FY 2015 congressional budget hearings on Capitol Hill earlier this week (Aziz, 4/10).


IHP news 266: The IHME report on global health financing

Dear Colleagues, Some of you are on early Easter holidays, so we’ll try to keep this newsletter a bit shorter than usual. Other good reasons for keeping it brief, is that Richard Horton occasionally pops up in my dreams now (which I’d like to avoid), and that I have to pick up my son from a table tennis camp, later this afternoon. In this newsletter we focus, among other issues, on the annual IHME report, ‘Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity’. Very nice report, apparently; on Twitter we learnt Chris Murray got a well-deserved “reception like a rock star”, when the report was launched. Unfortunately, the title is just plain wrong (granted, Bono himself gets it wrong on some issues too)


Anti-Gay Laws, Cultural Attitudes Prevent Access To HIV/AIDS Programs In Caribbean

Reuters: Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean — experts “Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said…” (Moloney, 4/9).


The Daily Impact: Foreign Aid rebounds to record high in 2013 – OECD

April 9, 2014 Foreign aid for development in poorer countries hit a record high last year, says a new OECD report published yesterday. From the Guardian: Figures released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday show official development assistance (ODA) grew by 6.1% in 2013 to $134.8bn (£80.3bn) after falling for two years in a row in as donors grappled with austerity measures and increasingly divided public opinion in many countries. Seventeen countries in the OECD’s development assistance committee (DAC) increased their aid spending last year, with huge jumps recorded by some donors. The UK’s spending grew by 27.8% to hit for the first time the international target to spend 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) as aid.