Blogs

There’s no health without a health workforce: reflections on the ‘Health Heroes +Social Good’ summit

11 Apr 2018
All people – regardless of gender, ethnicity, geographical location, or any other factor – have the right to good health and high-quality healthcare. If we embrace this viewpoint, we need to concern ourselves with the state of the health workforce – the backbone, or “hands and feet,” of healthcare. There is a growing demand for high-quality healthcare. “Good health and well-being” is the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), encompassing wide-ranging targets such as achieving universal health coverage; ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; and ending preventable deaths among newborns and children under five years old by 2030.

The fourth HIV epidemic

27 Mar 2018

In The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Ravindra Gupta and colleagues1 present alarming results on the development of pre-treatment viral resistance to the most commonly used drugs to treat HIV infection in resource-limited countries.

Assessing TB infection control practices in Malawi: research application and implications for the regional response

22 Mar 2018

Tuberculosis (TB) is the 9th leading cause of death worldwide.1 While TB mortality and incidence are decreasing, there are still significant gaps in detection and treatment.2 One in four new TB cases occurred in Africa in 2016, and co-infection with HIV is a notab

The Challenge of a Changing HIV Epidemic

1 Feb 2018

We have come a long way in our response to the HIV epidemic since its beginning. Many critical steps have been made. In the last seven years, new HIV infection rates have dropped almost 30 percent worldwide.

Why Finding New HIV Targets Takes So Long: Some Basics About Basic Research

18 Jan 2018

Although great strides have been made at combating human immunodeficiency virus, leading to better quality of life and a longer life expectancy for those living with the

New Findings Presented at IAS 2017 Reveal More about the Inter-relationship Between the Microbiome and HIV

27 Dec 2017

Over the past several years, research has uncovered just how important the microbiome is to human health.

Making the case for asking key populations about violence: A success story from South Sudan

20 Dec 2017

Before joining the LINKAGES project, I spent most of my career developing, managing, and evaluating gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response programs for women and girls in emergency, post-conflict, and development settings, as well as in the U.S.

How to effectively and meaningfully engage communities in differentiated service delivery

5 Dec 2017

There is a clear appreciation for the pivotal role that communities have played in the HIV response over the last 32 years, but it’s no surprise that critical gaps remain – particularly with respect to the ways communities are effectively and meaningfully engaged in their care and treatment.

Long-Acting Injectable Antiretrovirals for PrEP: Will the tail wag the drug?

5 Jul 2017

Mark Mascolini is a medical journalist who writes about HIV news, research and global policies for the International AIDS Society and many publications. Emily Bass is the Director of Strategy & Content at AVAC.