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Developing a basic package of preventive care in Uganda

This is a couple of years old but the idea resonates with more recent calls for horizontal programming to meet the wider health needs of populations with high HIV prevalence.  The CDC created the Basic Preventive Care Program, recently mentioned again in the KaiserNetwork news summary.  In the last few years, there has been a […]

AIDS in Brazil at Harvard, Panel 2

Development Research Group, World BankJoão Biehl, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University; author of Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival (Princeton Univ. Press, forthcoming).Cristina d’Almeida, National Agency for Research on AIDS, FranceModerator: Eduardo Gómez, Politics and Governance Group, Harvard School of Public Health; dissertation: “Contested Epidemics: Institution, Global Politics and Response in the United States and BrazilVarun Guari, “Institutions and Identities: Explaining Gov’t Responses to HIV/AIDS in Brazil and South Africa” Summary of his research with Evan LiebermanCame out as a paper in Studies in Comparative International Development (Fall 2006)…. As drugs lose their efficacy, government will shift its preferences to new drugs developed by the pharma companies.PEPFAR, e.g., favors large-scale pharmaceutical intervention, but does not address health care delivery, prophylaxis, and education with the same vigor.Since the HIV policy is seen as the success of the previous government, the new government is seeking its own policy, and in Brazil, the preference has always been for electoral expediency over policy continuity.Some 80 percent of expenditures are for ARVs/drugs.

AIDS in Brazil at Harvard, Panel 1

Panel I: Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research on HIV/AIDS in Brazil Panelists: David Martin, Harvard College 07 Amy Nunn, ScD, Harvard School of Public Health, dissertation: “The Politics of Life and Death: A Historical Institutional Analysis of Antiretroviral Drug Policy in Brazil”; Corporate Relations Manager, Global Business Coalition on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Sophia Zamudio-Haas, […]

The shape of things to come…

The global call for the integration of HIV services into routine healthcare delivery has taken on a new emphasis in San Francisco.  The KaiserNetwork reported today the following: San Francisco’s Office of AIDS is being dismantled and its functions will be distributed throughout the city’s Department of Public Health to address a reduction in federal […]

A sort of PSA: Donate computation time to The Grid

OK, so this is a bit of a public service announcement, but I just wanted to give a shout out to anyone with a computer that may be often idle.  You know you’re the one if you’ve got a slick new machine and it basically is a fancy web browser and text editor with occasional […]

Scientists Discover ‘Natural Barrier’ to HIV

‘Natural Barrier’ to HIVMarch 5, 2007 By E.J. Mundell Researchers have discovered that cells in the mucosal lining of human genitalia produce a protein that “eats up” invading HIV — possibly keeping the spread of the AIDS more contained than it might otherwise be. Even more important, enhancing the activity of this protein, called Langerin, […]

Global AIDS fund wants more private donor money

Global AIDS fund wants more private donor money05 Mar 2007 16:22:21 GMTSource: Reuters By John Acher OSLO, March 5 (Reuters) – A global fund that combats AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria hopes to attract more money from private donors, fund officials said on Monday. Launched in 2002 with the backing of then U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, […]

RED campaign earns just $18mn

In a worrisome portent, it appears that the RED campaign may be more hype than substance. As you may recall, Bono’s RED campaign links the purchase of products–sunglasses, cell phones, shirts, jeans–to proceeds for the Global Fund. It was launched in the US (after an earlier UK launch) with much fanfare in the fall with […]