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FDA Approves At-Home HIV Test

FDA Approves At-Home HIV Test

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally approved a rapid, over-the-counter, and at-home test for HIV. The test, called OraQuick and made by OraSure, allows people to check their serostatus in the convenience and privacy of their own homes and illustrates the change in perception around HIV ever since it became an epidemic […]

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Rise of the Superbugs: Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea

Rise of the Superbugs: Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea

I’ve focused much attention this year on the rise of drug-resistant strains of diseases. There’s been a lot of panic in the U.S., for example, around MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and new discussions about how to combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. As I’ve written before, I believe drug resistance is going to be one of our greatest global […]

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Drug-Resistant TB: Cause for Concern in China?

Drug-Resistant TB: Cause for Concern in China?

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that as many as one in ten cases of tuberculosis in China is multi-drug-resistant, with eight percent of those cases being extensively drug-resistant (XDR). One in four cases is resistant to at least one drug. Although China has a relatively low prevalence rate (108 […]

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Sustainable Food and Agriculture: A Healthier, Hunger-Free Future?

Sustainable Food and Agriculture: A Healthier, Hunger-Free Future?

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has released a report on food, agriculture, and sustainability ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Although “Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability” focuses primarily on environmental issues, it draws attention to the health implications related to the current global food system. More than one […]

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The GBCHealth Conference: Public-Private Partnerships for Stronger Global Health?

The GBCHealth Conference: Public-Private Partnerships for Stronger Global Health?

 At the GBCHealth Conference in New York last week, business, civil society, government, and other key stakeholders gathered to discuss the role of business in global health. Topics discussed included HIV/AIDS thirty years into the epidemic, health programs in the workplace, and women’s health. The GBCHealth Conference is a major forum for global health experts, […]

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F.D.A. Panel Recommends HIV Prevention Drug

F.D.A. Panel Recommends HIV Prevention Drug

An advisory panel for the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (F.D.A.) voted 19-3 to recommend the use of Truvada, a combination antiretroviral drug, for the prevention of HIV among people at high risk of infection. Although this is not a full F.D.A. approval, it paves the way for a decision in mid-June. The endorsement follows a […]

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UN Adopts Resolution on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

UN Adopts Resolution on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

Last week, I wrote about new findings on the precarious well-being of adolescents worldwide.  The studies in The Lancet and UNICEF’s “report card” were released in advance of last week’s United Nations Committee on Population and Development (CPD) session, which focused on adolescents this year.  On Friday, the CPD adopted a resolution affirming the sexual and […]

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The Kids Aren’t All Right

The Kids Aren’t All Right

A series published in The Lancet last Wednesday found that adolescents today face greater risks to their physical and mental health than in the past.  The success of childhood survival programs and a greater focus on children’s health means that more youths are entering adolescence.  Although this is clearly outstanding news, it means that the programmatic […]

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BRICS: The Next Big Global Health Funders?

BRICS: The Next Big Global Health Funders?

A report released last month discussed the rising profile of BRICS countries–Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa–in health and development assistance and called upon the group to further their cooperation for better global health in the developing world.  “Shifting Paradigm: How the BRICS are Shaping Global Health and Development” (PDF), written by the NGO […]

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Melinda Gates Puts Her Weight Behind Family Planning

Melinda Gates Puts Her Weight Behind Family Planning

At a TEDxChange webcast event last week, Melinda Gates announced that she would dedicate the next 30 years of her life to advocate for and support family planning.  Asserting that birth control should not be a controversial issue, Gates discussed the implications of the dearth of family planning programs and services in the developing world–particularly […]

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Meningococcal Meningitis: Q&A with Dr. Ciro de Quadros of the Sabin Vaccine Institute

Meningococcal Meningitis: Q&A with Dr. Ciro de Quadros of the Sabin Vaccine Institute

Meningococcal disease, or meningitis, is a bacterial infection of the meninges, or lining around the brain and spinal cord.  If left untreated, it has a 50% mortality rate, and it spreads most easily through crowded areas where people are in close and prolonged contact, from college dorms to informal settlements.  Meningococcal disease can result in severe, permanent […]

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The Week in Global Health: Decrease in US Funding for NTDs; Serodiscordant Relationships

The Week in Global Health: Decrease in US Funding for NTDs; Serodiscordant Relationships

In a second post on global health news for this week, U.S. President Barack Obama’s budget request for next year has reduced funding for neglected tropical diseases.  This decrease may have wide-reaching effects on one-sixth of the world’s population.  Additionally, a writer tells his story of life in a serodiscordant relationship and navigating the American health care […]

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The Week in Global Health: Rating Successes Against Malaria; the Global Fund’s Jaramillo

The Week in Global Health: Rating Successes Against Malaria; the Global Fund’s Jaramillo

In post one of two on global health news this week, a new study found that malaria prevention efforts over the last decade have saved the lives of almost one million children.  The Global Fund’s new General Manager, Gabriel Jaramillo,  discusses his plans for the organization going forward in an interview with Spanish newspaper El […]

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Jim Yong Kim: A Global Health Champion for the World Bank?

Jim Yong Kim: A Global Health Champion for the World Bank?

United States President Barack Obama announced today that he was nominating Dr. Jim Yong Kim for president of the World Bank.  This was a surprise to almost everyone, as Dr. Kim is not a traditional pick by any means: a medical anthropologist and physician, current president of Dartmouth College, co-founder of the non-profit Partners in Health […]

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Shedding a Light on Neglected Tropical Diseases

Shedding a Light on Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases have been getting a bit of press recently, possibly because it’s been a slow news week or two in the world of global health.  Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are so named because they’re precisely that: generally ignored by funders, scientists, advocacy organizations, and governments.  They are often endemic in developing countries, where […]

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About the Author

Julia Robinson
Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson has worked in South Africa at an NGO that helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and in Sierra Leone for an organization that provides surgeries, medical care, and support to women suffering from obstetric fistula. She is interested in human rights, global health, social justice, and innovative, unconventional solutions to global issues. Julia lives in San Francisco, where she works for a sustainability and corporate social responsibility non-profit. She has a BA in African History from Columbia University.

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