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Category: HIV/AIDS

CDC Innovations: Real-Time Data Strengthens Uganda’s Efforts to End Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

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Identifying opportunities to improve global health sometimes requires creative thinking and new collaborations. In Uganda, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exemplified this approach in developing a strategy to use the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Kampala – established with CDC’s assistance in 2013 – to help eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT). “The Read More >

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My journey into Global Health: Dr. Pragna Patel

Dr. Patel at her family’s clinic in India where they provide health services to indigent communities. Dr. Patel at her family’s clinic in India where they provide health services to indigent communities.

Dr. Pragna Patel says “Taking the road less travelled and working for CDC on HIV and NCD has been a worthwhile journey” As a young girl growing up in New York City, I would often help out at my father’s pediatric clinic in an indigent neighborhood of the Bronx.  My father was a caring and Read More >

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2014: A pivotal year for the HIV response in Malawi

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How we refined and refocused programs using a data-driven approach The appointment of Dr. Deborah Birx as the new Global AIDS Coordinator in May 2014 heralded an enormous change in the PEPFAR world:  Within the span of a few weeks, the focus changed from the newly-cemented PEPFAR vocabulary around ‘sustainability’ and ‘country ownership’ to language Read More >

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A Life Dedicated to Public Health Service

and Diane Caves were colleagues in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and friend in Haiti before the earthquake. and Diane Caves were colleagues in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and friend in Haiti before the earthquake.

In January 2010, Diane Caves was on a 3-week assignment from CDC to improve HIV/AIDS programs in Haiti when the massive 7.0 earthquake struck, killing her and 230,000 others on the island. She was 31 years old and the only CDC employee to die in the tragedy. Diane’s reasons for going to Haiti were typical Read More >

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Fulfilling the Decade of Vaccines Vision

As 2014 draws to a close, one theme that has been continuously present is the importance of a strong public health infrastructure in a country to effectively protect against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).  Universal access to immunization is the Decade of Vaccines vision, and in order to achieve this, more efforts are needed to build upon the Read More >

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World AIDS Day 2014: Closer to an AIDS-Free Generation

On December 1, people throughout the world observe World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS, to honor those affected by it, and—ever so importantly—to recommit to achieving more in the upcoming year. An estimated 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. The theme for World AIDS Day 2014 – Read More >

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Public Health Informatics in Action in Malawi: Making life easier for healthcare workers and patients while improving quality through an innovative national Electronic Medical Record System

Keeping track of even one patient undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS can be complicated enough. Doing it for over 472,865 patients when you’re a low income country coping with high demand and a sputtering economy magnifies the complexity. Which is why Malawi’s story – and its solution – is attracting attention and praise. It’s a story Read More >

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Preventing Maternal Deaths in Africa

  Maternal health has improved in most regions of the world, with far fewer women dying during pregnancy and childbirth than 20 years ago.  Progress in sub-Saharan Africa, however, has been much slower. HIV and complications of childbirth are the leading causes of death among reproductive age women around the world, but above all in Read More >

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Strengthening Global Health Security Protects Americans

  This blog was originally posted on CNN.com on February 13, 2014.   The world is smaller and people are more mobile than at any time in history. This makes it easier than ever for what’s happening anywhere on the globe to harm Americans’ health.    Here are five ways diseases in other countries pose Read More >

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CDC Collaborations with the Ministry of Health in Dominican Republic Result in Measurable Public Health Gains

For a relatively small country where CDC established a full-time country office only five years ago, the Dominican Republic is suddenly drawing attention. It’s easy to see why. The Dominican Republic is a popular vacation destination with 1.4 million Americans visiting each year. The country has a unique relationship with its neighbor, Haiti, the poorest Read More >

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