Global health http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22281/all en Cuba injects doctor diplomacy into Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/cuba/120608/cuban-doctor-diplomacy-africa <p>HAVANA &mdash; Africa is a growth market for the world&rsquo;s best-known Cuban brand after Havana Club rum and Cohiba cigars. That would be Cuba Rx, also known as Havana&rsquo;s doctor diplomacy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/cuba/120608/cuban-doctor-diplomacy-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Global health Diplomacy Cuba Health Sun, 10 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Nick Miroff 5707303 at http://www.globalpost.com USAID's Rajiv Shah: ‘End preventable child deaths in a generation’ http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/rajiv-shah-child-survival-call-to-action Rajiv Shah, administrator for the US Agency for International Development, spoke with GlobalPost’s John Donnelly on the eve of the Child Survival Call to Action, held in Washington on Thursday and Friday. Shah talked about the need to focus efforts on five countries that have 50 percent of all preventable child deaths. But he said this new effort will not mimic the US global AIDS initiative, which focused efforts on 15 countries, and instead will rely on many governments’ commitments to saving the lives of children. Currently, experts estimate that 7.6 million children die needlessly each year from preventable causes.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/rajiv-shah-child-survival-call-to-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aid children Global health Aid Politics Global Pulse GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:15:55 +0000 John Donnelly 5707751 at http://www.globalpost.com Examining the Global Fund: Successes, failures and challenges ahead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/examining-the-global-fund-successes-failures-and-challenges The Kaiser Family Foundation held a live webcast yesterday discussing the recent changes to the Global Fund, an international financing institution that supports international prevention, treatment, and care programs for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Panelists discussed the fund's new strategy and what this strategy means for the global fight against these three diseases.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/examining-the-global-fund-successes-failures-and-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aid Global health GlobalPost Blogs HIV/AIDS Aid Politics Global Pulse GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:35:32 +0000 Emily Judem 5707935 at http://www.globalpost.com Child survival conference sets zero-death goal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/child-survival-conference-sets-zero-death-goal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It is a season of sky-high goals in global health. A conference called Child Survival Call to Action held at Georgetown University on Thursday added the new aspiration of reducing all child deaths in a generation that can be treated with existing medicines and therapies. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> John Donnelly </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An AIDS-free generation. Eliminating malaria. And now ending all preventable child deaths.</p> <p>It is a season of sky-high goals in global health, and a conference called Child Survival Call to Action held at Georgetown University on Thursday added the new aspiration of reducing all child deaths in a generation that can be treated with existing medicines and therapies.<br /> But is it possible? And do those in the global health field need to set such high goals in order to get progress?</p> <p>Most here &ndash; although not all &ndash; said yes to both questions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/child-survival-conference-sets-zero-death-goal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global health Aid Politics Global Pulse GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:58:00 +0000 John Donnelly 5708042 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey, Part I: Seeking answers on HIV/AIDS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-hiv-aids-part-1 We are sitting in the hotel restaurant celebrating my fourth birthday with chef Mickey Mouse. My wavy brown hair is pulled back in a bow that my mom tied perfectly just hours before. Her thinning brown hair hangs delicately above her shoulders. We have the same lean, ear-to-ear smile. That trip to Disney World was the last time we ever traveled together. A few months later she became too sick to leave home. Despite her hair loss and frequent trips to the hospital, she never looked sick to me — perhaps because of my childhood naiveté.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-hiv-aids-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global health HIV/AIDS Health Global Pulse GroundTruth Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:36:00 +0000 Tracy Jarrett 5708103 at http://www.globalpost.com The case for condoms: Washington, DC's public distribution campaign http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/washington-dcs-public-sector-condom This website catches your eye. It boasts fluorescent links that direct you to “condom quizzes” and “condom university.” Its homepage says you can win a free ipad if you star in your own condom video. And its explanatory text reads, “We want to get those rubbers out of your wallet, remove them from your purses and pull them out from under the beds of every ward in the city.” It’s called the Rubber Revolution Campaign. And it’s run by the Department of Health in Washington, DC. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/washington-dcs-public-sector-condom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global health HIV/AIDS Health Global Pulse Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:43:00 +0000 Emily Judem 5708294 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey, Part II: Notes from New York http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/AIDS-HIV-daughters-journey-notes-new-york <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tracy Jarrett takes an extraordinary journey — from Chicago to Cape Town, South Africa — to learn about the disease that took her mother's life and forever changed her own. New York City is her second stop along the way. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tracy Jarrett </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><style type="text/css"> .imagecache-half-column { padding: 10px 10px 10px 0px; } #page .lead-media-photo { margin-right:10px; }</style><p>NEW YORK &mdash; Cape Town is worlds away from Chicago, and before I head to South Africa I want to speak with the movers and shakers of HIV prevention and treatment in American cities &mdash; where HIV infection rates rival those in southern Africa &mdash; about what they think are the &ldquo;needs improvement&rdquo; areas for treating the virus in the US.</p> <p>Dr. Victoria Sharp, who works in HIV clinical care and management at St. Luke&rsquo;s hospital in Manhattan and who currently serves as president of the board of HealthRight International, told me that despite our success in treating and preventing HIV in the US, there is still much to learn.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have multiple tools in our toolkit,&rdquo; she said, but she does not believe that we are using them to the best of our ability.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t always do a good job of linking people to treatment,&rdquo; she explained. She gave an example of a woman who tested HIV positive and then was asked to wait five weeks for the next open appointment before beginning treatment.</p> <p>&ldquo;That is called a non-appointment,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It is so far in the future that people move on and forget to take action.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/AIDS-HIV-daughters-journey-notes-new-york" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global health HIV/AIDS Aid Health Global Pulse GroundTruth Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:14:00 +0000 Tracy Jarrett 5708536 at http://www.globalpost.com Thanking Goodness: Community care workers and HIV/AIDS patients help each other in South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/hiv-aids-community-care-workers CAPE TOWN –– Margaret Hans, 25, shuffles to the door of her simple but immaculate two-room township home. Thin and with drawn facial features, she is still weak from tuberculosis - the all-too-familiar opportunistic scourge that piggy-backs on the South African HIV epidemic. It’s Tuesday, which means that community care worker Goodness Henama, 26, is making her weekly visit. Today, Hans has someone to talk to. In any country, quality of life is all in the detail. But in South Africa, the bigger picture is dominant: as of 2009, 5.6 million people were living with HIV, and the country has been rushing to catch up on the roll out of anti-retroviral drugs and coping with the sheer social impact of 1.9 million orphans due to AIDS. How, then, is there time to listen to Margaret?<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/hiv-aids-community-care-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Global health HIV/AIDS South Africa Aid South Africa Health Global Pulse GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:31:26 +0000 Alex Duval Smith 5708659 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey, Part III: Mother-to-child transmission in Johannesburg http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/mother-child-transmission-johannesburg JOHANNESBURG—From the outside, the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, on the outskirts of Soweto township, looks like a prison. A metal fence with security checkpoints surrounds the hospital’s large yellow brick buildings. Despite appearances, though, this research hospital has served more than three million people. It is the largest research hospital in southern Africa and among the largest in the world. When I arrived in Johannesburg, USAID representatives Shelagh O’Rourke and Themba Mathebula met me at the airport. They had arranged for me to visit Baragwanath Hospital, which is home to a USAID-funded HIV clinic that focuses on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/mother-child-transmission-johannesburg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Global health HIV/AIDS South Africa Aid South Africa Health Global Pulse GroundTruth Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:14:00 +0000 Tracy Jarrett 5708678 at http://www.globalpost.com Immunizations for all: Q&A with GAVI Alliance's Dagfinn Høybråten http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/immunizations-gavi-dagfinn-hoybraten Dagfinn Høybråten is the Board chair of GAVI alliance, an organization that aims to save lives by increasing immunization in developing countries. He also serves as a vice president of Norwegian Parliament and is Norway’s former health minister. While at the Child Survival Call to Action Conference in Washington, DC earlier this month, he spoke with GlobalPost about why he believes vaccines are essential to Secretary Clinton’s goal of ending preventable child deaths. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/immunizations-gavi-dagfinn-hoybraten" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global health Health health care Vaccines Aid Politics Health Global Pulse GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:35:51 +0000 Emily Judem 5709335 at http://www.globalpost.com US on target with AIDS goals, top official says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/ambassador-eric-goosby-us-target-aids-goals WASHINGTON, DC—One month before the International AIDS Conference, the top US official overseeing the global AIDS fight today said that the Obama administration was on target for meeting goals for putting people on treatment, reducing the number of babies infected with HIV, and expanding male circumcisions – but he acknowledged the circumcision effort was tough going.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/ambassador-eric-goosby-us-target-aids-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global health health care HIV/AIDS World Leaders Aid Politics Health Global Pulse GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:37:04 +0000 John Donnelly 5709358 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey, Part IV: Ladies build support in Langa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-ladies-aids-support-langa CAPE TOWN—The ladies, as they have come to be known, arrive to work by 9:00 every morning. Their office is an old mini bus (taxi) station in the center of Langa township. The dilapidated white building is dark inside; a table lined with blue plastic chairs is set up by the window, and two men sit in a small office behind security glass. Resembling a YMCA-meets-doctor’s office, this station has housed the Langa Action Community AIDS Program (L.A.C.A.P.) for seven years. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-ladies-aids-support-langa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Global health HIV/AIDS South Africa Health Global Pulse GroundTruth Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:04:00 +0000 Tracy Jarrett 5709382 at http://www.globalpost.com Can't we all just work together?: Q&A with Ecoagriculture Partners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/qa-ecoagriculture-partners Sara Scherr is president and CEO of Ecoagriculture Partners, an organization that promotes “the whole landscape approach” as a way to improve biodiversity, ecosystems, and livelihoods simultaneously. A report released earlier this month in advance of the Rio+20 conference analyzes the effectiveness and sustainability of this approach.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/qa-ecoagriculture-partners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> environment Global health Health Aid Health Global Pulse GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:10:47 +0000 Emily Judem 5709907 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey: On the Ground in Cape Town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-cape-town-video “A Daughter's Journey" is a series of blog posts by Tracy Jarrett, a GlobalPost/Kaiser Family Foundation global health reporting fellow. Tracy is traveling from her hometown, Chicago, to Cape Town, South Africa as part of a Special Report entitled "AIDS: A Turning Point.” <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-cape-town-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Africa Global health Ground Truth HIV/AIDS South Africa South Africa Health Global Pulse GroundTruth GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:24:09 +0000 Emily Judem 5709996 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey: On the Ground in Cape Town, reflecting on HIV/AIDS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/video-daughters-journey-cape-town “A Daughter's Journey" is a series of blog posts by Tracy Jarrett, a GlobalPost/Kaiser Family Foundation global health reporting fellow. Tracy is traveling from her hometown, Chicago, to Cape Town, South Africa as part of a Special Report entitled "AIDS: A Turning Point.” AIDS took her mother's life when she was five years old. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/video-daughters-journey-cape-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Global health Health HIV/AIDS South Africa South Africa Health Global Pulse GroundTruth Video Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:40:31 +0000 Emily Judem 5710473 at http://www.globalpost.com