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U.S. Innovation Improving Global Response Against Ebola

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: How Innovation Is Transforming the Fight Against Ebola USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes about how “evidence, innovation, and data” are allowing the U.S. to help lead the global response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (1/17).

Carter Foundation On Track To Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease Worldwide

The Atlantic: The Second Disease Ever Eradicated “…[G]lobally, there are only 126 cases left [of Guinea worm], [former President Jimmy] Carter announced this week during the unveiling of a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, called Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease. … Though most…

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: China reports over 100,000 new HIV/AIDS infections in 2014 “China reported 104,000…

TV Can Impact Poverty, Public Health By Changing Social Behaviors

Bloomberg Businessweek: Fighting Poverty and HIV With Soap Operas “…Governments have long known that TV can have an impact on poverty by changing behavior. In the 1970s, after the launch in Peru of Simplemente María, a telenovela about an aspirational maid, the country’s government noticed a rise in demand for…

India Must Focus On Stopping Drug-Resistant TB Transmission, Involve All Sectors In Ending TB

Huffington Post India: Understanding India’s Evolving Tuberculosis Challenge Nerges Mistry, trustee and joint director of the Foundation for Medical Research “…Given its dangerous implications, curbing transmission-generated drug-resistant TB in India is the need of the hour. This is only possible if every suspected patient undergoes drug susceptibility testing during their…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash discusses the importance of dialogue and cooperation for achieving global health goals; reaching key populations with HIV prevention, treatment, and care services; and preventing malaria in Myanmar (1/16).

Researchers Seek To Understand Aging HIV Population’s Increased Risk Of Chronic Diseases

Wall Street Journal: Researchers Delve Into HIV-Infected Population’s Aging Risks “Faced with an aging HIV-infected population, international researchers are trying to understand whether the virus or the medications that treat it may accelerate aging. As the life expectancy of those with HIV has increased dramatically since the 1990s because of…

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…

Drug Resistance Lower Than Previously Thought Among People On PrEP, Study Shows

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: PrEP: Risk of resistance to antiretroviral drugs used to prevent infection is lower than thought, study finds Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a study published in the January…