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Despite Kinks In Progress, Kenya Takes Steps Toward Zero New HIV Infections

Inter Press Service: Kenya’s Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters In Kenya, “PMTCT [prevention of mother-to-child transmission treatment] coverage fell by 20 percent in 2011-2012, says the Progress Report 2013 of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).” However, “[e]xperts agree on the main reason behind the reduction…

Blog Highlights Post On PEPFAR Funding

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights a recently published blog post on PEPFAR, “written by amfAR Public Policy Director Chris Collins and Health GAP Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Kavanagh, [which] warns that with current funding levels and proposed continued funding cuts, the pace of treatment enrollment…

Financial Times Reports On Controversy Over Cost Of New HCV Medication

Financial Times: Hepatitis C: Treated — at a price “…The launch in recent weeks of sofosbuvir, the first of a series of new drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV) set for regulatory approval, raises the prospect of curing and potentially eliminating a disease that levies a heavy global burden. ……

Obama Administration, Congress Must Fund PEPFAR To ‘Accelerate The End Of AIDS’

Health Affairs Blog: Don’t Put The Brakes On Ending AIDS Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and Matthew Kavanagh, a senior policy analyst for Health Global Access Project, Mumford Doctoral Fellow in Politics at the University of Pennsylvania, and fellow…

Viral Load Monitoring Can Be Successfully Used In Sub-Saharan Africa

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, “Helen Bygrave of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) considers the challenges of making HIV viral load testing an effective reality in sub-Saharan Africa.” She concludes, “In summary, sorting out the technical issues seems, dare I say it, to be the easy part. It…

Scientists In Senegal Make Progress In Preventing Schistosomiasis

Al Jazeera: Scientists make breakthrough on bilharzia “A parasitic disease known as bilharzia, or schistosomiasis, has infected more than 200 million people, but scientists in northern Senegal say they have made a breakthrough in treating it…” (Haque, 1/24).

Death Of Texas Woman Highlights Dengue Fever’s Presence In U.S.

Two news outlets report on the death of a Texas woman who died from dengue fever, an illness not commonly found in the U.S. HealthDay News/U.S. News & World Repor: Texas Woman’s Death Highlights Danger of Overlooking Dengue Fever “The case of a Texas woman who died after becoming infected…

The Economist Examines Different Strategies To Eradicate Malaria

The Economist: Malaria eradication: Cure all? “What if it were possible to get rid of malaria? Not just bring it under control, but wipe it from the face of the Earth, saving 660,000 lives a year, stopping hitherto endless suffering, and abolishing a barrier to economic development reckoned by the…

AIDS-Related Stigma In Cameroon Proves To Be Public Health Problem

IRIN: Enduring HIV stigma in Cameroon “People living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon, which has the highest prevalence of the disease in West and Central Africa, endure widespread stigma, with some facing difficulties obtaining bank loans or suffering mistreatment at hospitals, patients and observers say…” (1/23).

Major Drug Trial Fails To Control TB In South African Gold Mines

News sources report on the results of a study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine evaluating tuberculosis (TB) control in South African gold mines. Agence France-Presse: Tuberculosis trial fails to aid S. African miners “What researchers described as a ‘radical’ bid to cut down on tuberculosis…