Archive for the ‘What we’re reading’ Category

3pm – Just announced: The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is now the first patent-holder to share intellectual property with the Medicines Patent Pool. The pool is a recently-established initiative – funded by UNITAID – to expand access to treatments in developing countries. The announcement is here.

Ken Mayer – co-chair of the Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee – has a review article on the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) as HIV prevention in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Public Health. In it, he and co-author Kartik Venkatesh, PhD, discuss the status and prospects for successful use of ART in decreasing HIV transmission globally.

Plan USA released the video above as part of its “Because I Am a Girl” campaign, which focuses this year on how the digital world impacts women and girls. Kate Darlington gives a good overview of the report and campaign at Change.org, relating it to the increasing focus on women and girls as the key to reducing poverty and disease. The report, called “Digital and Urban Frontiers: Girls in a Changing Landscape,” is available through Plan USA [PDF].

HIV infection in Ukraine continues to spread, with the government doing little to intervene. David L. Stern at GlobalPost writes that the ex-Soviet republic has an estimated 360,000 people living with AIDS or HIV.

CAPRISA researchers – who released news of a groundbreaking vaginal gel that would give women the power to protect themselves from HIV this summer – are struggling to find funding (more…)


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The ONE campaign has launched a campaign to ensure that by 2015, no child is born with HIV (campaign video accompanies this post). Erin Hohlfelder has a great post on the ONE blog explaining how we can accomplish that goal.

Alanna Shaikh discusses the “corporatization of global health” on the End the Neglect blog this week. Prompted by a session at the Clinton Global Initiative, (more…)

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The Center for Global Development’s Nandini Oomman has a new report, “Zeroing In: AIDS Donors and Africa’s Health Workforce.” The report looks at how global AIDS’ donors have impacted the strength of the health workforce in Africa. CGD’s blog has both a post and audio “wonkcast” on the report.

Change.org’s Global Poverty Blog is doing a series on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in advance of the upcoming summit in New York. They aim to “provide in-depth analysis of each of the MDGs, their progress and their shortcomings.”

The ONE blog is also starting their coverage of the UN Summit on the MDGs with a report on the power of women to (more…)

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A new study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases found that revaccination may benefit HIV-infected children. There is currently no standard or official recommendation on revaccination.

In Nairobi’s slums, a community group called the Mathare Youth Sports Association is working with more than 20,000 youth to reduce HIV rates through sports. According to this PlusNews article, the broad appeal of football makes it a powerful tool in HIV prevention.

A commentary from Ken Mayer, co-chair of the Global Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee, appears in JAIDS this month. In it, he and coauthors discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention tool, outlining a structure for PrEP implementation in clinical settings. (more…)

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Throughout August, the ONE Blog had a series illustrating the impact of the Global Fund on programs that fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The video accompanying this post comes from that series. ONE is running a campaign to ask President Obama to commit $6 billion to the Global Fund over the next 3 years.

Ken Mayer – co-chair of our Scientific Advisory Committee and occasional author on this blog – reviews ARV therapy as a method for HIV prevention in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The study finds that the “life-saving agents” can be a key component of (more…)

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The One Blog this week posted a video (accompanies this post) from David Rochkind, an award-winning photographer working on a project to illustrate the impact of tuberculosis on the world. In the video, Mariana Bernofsky tells of her experiences as a pregnant woman with TB in Balti, Moldova. More of Rochkind’s work is available on his blog.

Sten Vermond, a member of our Scientific Advisory Committee, recently published a review in Clinical Infectious Diseases of two promising strategies for “treatment as prevention:” preexposure prophylaxis and “test and treat.” He and co-authors argue that the HIV epidemic can be controlled by maximizing the potential of these existing methods, developing new strategies for prevention, and then combining them effectively.

A new World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation that mothers who are HIV-positive and on ARV treatment can breastfeed their children for up to twelve months without passing on the infection has created confusion among (more…)

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This week from Science Speaks:

  • The One Blog posted Friday on a woman in Zimbabwe who, while caring for family members with AIDS, found that soy milk can provide much needed nutrients to AIDS patients in a form they can easily digest.  Though her family has since passed away, she now supplies soy milk to hospitals around the country.
  • Maria Eitel, president of the Nike Foundation, has a piece at the Huffington Post on the importance of focusing HIV prevention efforts on women and girls. She cites a study finding that girls in Malawi given cash payments had a 60% lower HIV infection rate than those in the control group.  Eitel says the payments enable the girls to invest in their education and well-being:

“When a girl has assets other than her body, priorities in the family shift rapidly. She transitions from economic burden to economic actor, and everyone around her is better off for it.”

  • The Body Odd, a blog from MSNBC, has a post on giant rats with the ability to sniff out tuberculosis. A pilot program in Tanzania found that the rats have improved detection rates by 44% – the rats often identify TB that was missed by human researchers.

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