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Opinions: Community-Based Health Care Models; U.S. Leadership In Reproductive Health Care

‘Accompaniment’ Can Reform Health Care Around The World “We don’t need to start fresh to create patient-centered medical homes. We just need to look to community-based models of care that are effective but often go unrecognized,” according to a Boston Globe opinion piece by Heidi Behforouz, the director of the…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Scientific American Examines Neglected Tropical Diseases A Scientific American article examines recent efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The author writes “NTDs have plagued humankind for thousands of years. … What is new, however, is that donors, drugmakers, health ministries in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization…

U.S. Health Officials Announce Shift In Focus Of PrEP Trial In Botswana

U.S. health officials on Thursday announced they will shift the focus of a clinical trial in Botswana aimed at testing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – the strategy that “a daily low dose of the drugs, which interfere with the ability of the virus to replicate, could also lower the risk of infection” – after researchers discovered they would be unable to determine the efficacy of Truvada, the medicine used in the trial, Reuters reports.

Orphanage Care In Developing Countries Is A ‘Viable Option,’ Study Finds

A study, published on Thursday in PLoS One, finds that the “care at orphanages [in developing countries] is often at least as good as that given by families who take in orphaned or abandoned children,” challenging “the widespread belief that orphans in poor countries fare best in family-style homes in the community and should be put into orphanages only as a last resort,” the New York Times reports (Grady, 12/17).

Opinion: Uganda Anti-Gay Bill; Shah Confirmation

Columnist Michael Gerson in a Washington Post opinion piece writes of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 being considered by the country’s parliament “that would impose new and harsher penalties on homosexuality, including life imprisonment and capital punishment. It also would force pastors and others to report homosexuals to the authorities. Ugandan…

PEPFAR Decisions To Be Grounded In Scientific Evidence, Goosby Says

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “said future programmes to prevent HIV infection would be those supported by the best scientific evidence,” reports the Financial Times. Goosby told the Financial Times in an interview: “I will always wrap myself in the science as the justification of decision-making. I will not factor in an ideological rationale.”