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HIV & Hormonal Contraception, Obama’s 2013 Budget, and Polio in Pakistan

HIV & Hormonal Contraception, Obama’s 2013 Budget, and Polio in Pakistan

  This week, the WHO upheld its current guidelines in relation to use of hormonal contraception and women living with HIV.  President Obama released his administration’s budget request for 2013, with some surprising news for US global heath policy.  Finally, polio eradication efforts in Pakistan have been hamstrung by government health care and regulatory incompetency […]

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Komen vs. Planned Parenthood: Implications for Global Health

Komen vs. Planned Parenthood: Implications for Global Health

The Internet has exploded over the past couple of days with news that Susan G. Komen, the largest breast cancer organization in the US, would halt funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of reproductive health services in the US.  A virtual uprising on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms by Komen and Planned […]

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The Global Fund Gets A Shot in the Arm

The Global Fund Gets A Shot in the Arm

Well, the Global Fund has had a big week.  It’s been ten years since the creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the recent news about the fund has not been great: internal divisions, questions about improper funding allocations, missing money, and financial shortfalls.  On the other hand, the Global […]

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Update on “Totally Drug Resistant” Tuberculosis

Update on “Totally Drug Resistant” Tuberculosis

Last week, I discussed the breaking news of an emerging strain of “totally drug resistant” tuberculosis (TDR-TB)* in Mumbai.  This week, the Indian government denied the findings, arguing that the twelve cases were in fact extensively drug resistant (XDR, not “extremely,” as I wrote previously).  The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that nine […]

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Ringing in 2012: Totally Drug Resistant TB, the US Needle Exchange Funding Ban, and M-Health in Kenya

Ringing in 2012: Totally Drug Resistant TB, the US Needle Exchange Funding Ban, and M-Health in Kenya

I can’t believe a new year has come upon us so quickly.  Unsurprisingly, there are already global health issues cropping up.  In perhaps the most troubling news, India has reported that there are at least 12 cases of totally drug resistant tuberculosis in the country.  President Obama signed a ban on US government funding for […]

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World AIDS Day Round-Up

World AIDS Day Round-Up

Thursday, December 1, was World AIDS Day.  Each year, people gather worldwide to remember those lost to or affected by HIV/AIDS and to raise awareness.  It’s also a time to reflect on what’s been accomplished and what remains to be done, and the day serves as a time for politicians, celebrities, implementers, and activists to […]

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Global Health: Year In Review

Global Health: Year In Review

Although global health in 2011 was overshadowed by the economic recession and related budget cuts by donor countries, there were a few rays of hope to be found.  Much progress has been made in combating some global epidemics and more attention has been paid to others.  Innovations in global health, from simple solutions to harnessing […]

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Taking Stock for World Pneumonia Day

Taking Stock for World Pneumonia Day

Tomorrow (November 12) is World Pneumonia Day.  Although it seems that there’s a commemorative event almost every day to increase awareness about various illnesses or health issues, pneumonia is one that the world should remember and take action on.  Pneumonia is currently the number one killer of children worldwide, more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles […]

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Reading Day: Crowdsourcing HIV, Bioengineering Mosquitoes, and the G20 Summit

Reading Day: Crowdsourcing HIV, Bioengineering Mosquitoes, and the G20 Summit

  This week, UNAIDS has launched a new project to work with young people for a youth-centered HIV strategy.  Scientists are moving into the next stages of deploying genetically-modified mosquitoes to combat insect-borne diseases like dengue, and concerns about the risks of bioengineering have been raised.  The G-20 Summit in Cannes could not get out […]

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We Are the 99%: Ending Polio

We Are the 99%: Ending Polio

Monday was World Polio Day, and there was much to celebrate: as of now, the world has seen a 99% reduction in polio cases. That’s incredible news.  We have reached a point where polio could be wholly eradicated in less than five years.  Isn’t it nice to hear that it is possible to successfully combat […]

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Reading Day

Reading Day

There are exciting new developments in the fight against malaria. More attention must be paid to mental illness around the world. Finally, a community-based program out of Senegal is stamping out female genital cutting, and the model should be developed to be scalable and replicable for areas where the practice endures. Malaria Developments: As fellow […]

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HIV/AIDS News

HIV/AIDS News

Earlier this month, a study published in The Lancet discussed findings that hormonal contraceptives doubled the risk of HIV infection and transmission.  The study examined 3,790 sero-discordant heterosexual couples (meaning that one of the two has HIV) in seven African countries.  Some of the women were using hormonal contraceptives, mostly injectable (such as Depo-Provera) but […]

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Pork Over Doing the Right Thing: The US Foreign Aid Budget

Pork Over Doing the Right Thing: The US Foreign Aid Budget

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the US Congress is still going after foreign aid in an attempt to seem tough on spending, as The New York Times reported this week.  Although there appear to be few developments since I wrote about this issue in July, the discussions and subsequent hand-wringing are back in the open.  […]

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It’s Time for Individuals to Demand More Action on Non-Communicable Diseases

It’s Time for Individuals to Demand More Action on Non-Communicable Diseases

The UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) was held last week in New York and resulted in the adoption of a Political Declaration (PDF here).  As I feared a few weeks ago, the declaration is weak and does not set hard goals or targets to curb the NCD epidemic, which caused two-thirds of […]

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Reading Day…

Reading Day…

    Today, I’d like to share articles published this week that explore developments and discoveries in global health.  Drug-resistant strains of bacteria are on the rise, and there is a need for conservation of antibiotics.  Genetically-modified mosquitoes are the latest attempt to curb malaria.  Scientists have used modified HIV-1 to kill leukemia (really).  Medical […]

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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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