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Ending the TB Epidemic Grace Virtue, Ph.D.

Poverty and HIV/AIDS: Haiti’s double jeopardy

Posted by Grace Virtue, Ph.D. on Dec 01, 2016  | 

World AIDS Day, observed December 1st, is an opportunity both to call attention to the continuing challenges to end infections globally, and in the case of Haiti, to shed new light on the link between poverty, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, and the need for deep and coordinated efforts across the issues. Read More

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Ending the TB Epidemic Waiswa Nkwanga

Greater urgency and better health care systems needed to fight HIV/AIDS

Posted by Waiswa Nkwanga on Dec 01, 2016  | 

I attended the International AIDS Conference this year. International HIV/AIDS activist Charlize Theron caught my attention with her comments at the opening ceremony. “I am sad to be here at the 21st International AIDS Conference,” she said. “This is the second time my home country of South Africa has hosted…We shouldn’t have had to host this conference again.” This World AIDS Day, let us pledge to focus more on creating health systems and infrastructure so that when it comes to global health, we go beyond just responding when pandemics occur to actually preventing them in the first place. Read More

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Re-energizing HIV Prevention

Posted by ACTION Guest on Nov 30, 2016  | 

In a World AIDS Day blog post, the Global Fund's Mark Dybul writes that "[a]n indispensable element of our efforts to end HIV as an epidemic — prevention — is lagging too far behind." While an impressive 18 million people are now on HIV treatment, "to end HIV as an epidemic, we must re-energize the HIV movement with a comprehensive approach that includes medical prevention methods and," he argues, must "address cultural and structural factors that put people at risk and undermine access to services." Read More

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Ending the TB Epidemic Michelle Imison

TB science meets global health advocacy: Some thoughts from Liverpool

Posted by Michelle Imison on Nov 14, 2016  | 

By the time you read this I’ll be home from Liverpool, in the north-west of England. where last week, on behalf of RESULTS Australia, I attended the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (‘The Union’). The 47th World Conference, addressed a wide range of issues affecting adult and child lung health including air pollution, pneumonia, tobacco control -- and, of course, tuberculosis (TB). Global scientific gatherings like this -- over 3000 people attended -- are, as you’d expect, very much about new biomedical discoveries: in bacteriology, immunology, drugs and diagnostics, disease prevention, patient care and links between TB and diseases such as HIV and diabetes. So this got me thinking: what is the role of advocacy at a scientific conference? Read More

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