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If polio is on the run, why do we need new tools to help prevent it?

Guest contributor Laura Anderson is an editor at PATH. In the past 25 years, global immunization efforts have eliminated polio from most regions of the world. Over the last two decades, the number of cases has dropped by more than … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the right contraceptive can change a woman’s lifeWhat is PATH? A longtime colleague weighs inHow does military service provide unique training for global health work? ;

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HIV and Tuberculosis are One Disease in Southern Africa

“We must ensure that the worlds of HIV and TB focus on individual human beings instead of individual diseases” These messages headlined remarks from Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria and of Ambassador Deborah Birx, global AIDS coordinator for the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) […](Read more…)

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What’s the best way to measure empowerment?

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) used to send me into a coma, but I have to admit, I’m starting to get sucked in. After all, who doesn’t want to know more about the impact of what we do all day? So I picked up the latest issue of Oxfam’s Gender and Development Journal (GAD), on MEL in gende…

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Decreasing Stigma, Increasing HIV Services Access Critical To Reducing Risk Among Key…

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: We Will Not Banish AIDS Until We Banish Stigma David Olson, a freelance consultant for Olson Global Communication, discusses key populations at risk of HIV infection, the importance of providing accessible services, and decreasing stigma (7/22).


AIDS-Free Generation Within Reach If World Scales Up Treatment, Clinton Says

The Guardian: AIDS-free generation within reach if we boost HIV treatment, says Bill Clinton “The world needs to ‘scale up’ its treatment of HIV — particularly in women and children — to achieve the cherished goal of a generation free of AIDS, the former U.S. president Bill Clinton has said…” (Davey, 7/23).


Ending AIDS Proposed As Goal In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. working group wants goal of ending AIDS epidemic by 2030 — UNDP “Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is one of the goals proposed to replace U.N. development targets that expire next year, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Tuesday…” (Nguyen, 7/22).


Lancet Series Examines HIV Prevention Among Sex Workers

News outlets discuss findings of a new series of articles in The Lancet on HIV and sex workers, which was first presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. VOA News: Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention “A new series in the medical journal The Lancet says achieving an AIDS-free generation will not be…More


Congress Considering Measures To Help Electrify Africa

Inter Press Service: U.S. Debating “Historic” Support for Off-Grid Electricity in Africa “Pressure is building [in Washington, D.C.,] for lawmakers to pass a bill that would funnel billions of dollars of U.S. investment into strengthening Africa’s electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities…” (Biron, 7/21).


U.N. Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Drops By Air Amid Multiple Refugee Crises

News outlets report on the refugee crises in South Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, and Central African Republic, noting the U.N. is stepping up air delivery of humanitarian assistance. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. refugees in S.


Sierra Leone’s Chief Ebola Doctor Catches Virus

News outlets continue coverage on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus “The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said…” (7/23). VOA News: Sierra Leone’s Chief Ebola Doctor Contracts Virus “…The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan,…More


New Paper Highlights Key Progress, Challenges Ahead of Post-2015 Agenda Setting

; In an important new paper, “Neglected tropical diseases: now more than just ‘other disease’ — the post-2015 agenda,” published in International Health, David Molyneux, professor at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, captures why defeating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is so critical. He writes, “The overall context of NTD control is the contribution it […]


If polio is on the run, why do we need new tools to help prevent it?

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Guest contributor Laura Anderson is an editor at PATH. In the past 25 years, global immunization efforts have eliminated polio from most regions of the world. Over the last two decades, the number of cases has dropped by more than … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the right contraceptive can change a woman’s lifeWhat is PATH? A longtime colleague weighs inHow does military service provide unique training for global health work? ;


AIDS 2014 Provides Several Ways To Follow Conference Proceedings

International AIDS Conference: Stepping Up The Pace The AIDS 2014 Media Centre is updated daily with press releases and conference highlights, including the Daily Bulletin and a press briefing available on the official conference YouTube channel. For information on upcoming AIDS 2014 sessions and speakers, download the Daily Programme Highlights document (.pdf) (7/21).


Experts Warn Child Marriage, FGM Threaten Development Progress

News outlets discuss a new report from UNICEF on child marriages and genital mutilation, as well as the first summit to end child marriages. Associated Press: Britain, U.N. host 1st summit to end child marriages “More than 700 million women alive today were married before they turned 18, the United Nations’ children agency said Tuesday,…More


Laws Criminalizing HIV Transmission Threaten AIDS Efforts, Progress

Reuters: ‘Bad’ laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told “…[O]ne of the major concerns of the gathering of 12,000 AIDS activists, scientists, and people living with HIV is how the criminalization of groups at high risk of HIV — such as gay men, sex workers, and transgender people — is…More


Report Shows Mixed Results For HIV Funding In 2013

Devex: ‘A mixed story’ for HIV funding in 2013 “…While support for HIV and AIDS interventions over the years has been significant, a lot still needs to be done to reverse the spread of the disease. Global funding commitments [by donor governments] to HIV and AIDS in 2013 fell three percent year on year to…More


Number Of AIDS, TB Deaths Down, Report Shows

NBC News: AIDS and TB Down Globally, Study Finds “Dedicated efforts to fight the AIDS virus and tuberculosis are paying off: both infections are on the decline, according to new research published Monday. And while more people are being infected with malaria, fewer people are dying from it, especially children…” (Fox, 7/21).


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