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Tag: HIV/AIDS

  • From the Containment Lab to the Developing World

    From the Containment Lab to the Developing World

    Yanis Ben Amor, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, uses his background in molecular biology to fight for health care access and education in Africa and South Asia.

  • Air Pollution May Kill More Africans Than HIV/AIDS

    Air Pollution May Kill More Africans Than HIV/AIDS

    Researcher calls attention to a largely under-recognized health threat.

  • Integrating Treatment for AIDS and Other Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Integrating Treatment for AIDS and Other Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Thirty years after AIDS was first reported, the United Nations will meet today to discuss next-steps toward controlling the disease. Developing countries in Africa are still the hardest hit by AIDS, but progress is being made through the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, which calls for a reversal of the spread of HIV/AIDS in…

  • Knowledge is Power: ChildCount+, mHealth in Tanzania

    Knowledge is Power: ChildCount+, mHealth in Tanzania

    Collecting data is difficult. Collecting data in low resource settings is even more difficult. In my epidemiology courses, I have the luxury of generating correlation coefficients and p-values with cleaned, robust data sets. I was oblivious, however, to the process of getting information into this organized and beautifully coded package. That is until I was…

  • Using Mobile Phones to Help Prevent HIV Transmission to Children

    Using Mobile Phones to Help Prevent HIV Transmission to Children

    By Casey Iiams-Hauser and Yanis Ben Amor HIV infection in children occurs most often during pregnancy and labor or post-natally during breastfeeding. While new HIV infections among children have declined since 2002, a staggering 430,000 children were infected in 2008…

  • Useless Condoms and the Trap of HIV-sensitization

    Useless Condoms and the Trap of HIV-sensitization

    In Ruhiira, Uganda, one of 14 clusters of Millennium Villages across sub-Saharan Africa, combating HIV, including Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT), through sensitization campaigns, condoms, and antiretrovirals (ARVs) is only half the battle. Addressing the other half—a deeply ingrained culture of female disempowerment— is an unavoidable challenge, which is dangerously neglected. The victimization of females…

  • Eliminating Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in the Mbola Millennium Village

    I recently returned from a trip to the Mbola Millennium Village cluster in Tanzania to evaluate the progress of the project’s HIV/AIDS services for pregnant women. Since its beginning in 2006, the Millennium Villages project (MVP) has improved access to general medical services in the cluster, including the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)…

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  • From the Containment Lab to the Developing World

    From the Containment Lab to the Developing World

    Yanis Ben Amor, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, uses his background in molecular biology to fight for health care access and education in Africa and South Asia.

  • Air Pollution May Kill More Africans Than HIV/AIDS

    Air Pollution May Kill More Africans Than HIV/AIDS

    Researcher calls attention to a largely under-recognized health threat.

  • Integrating Treatment for AIDS and Other Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Integrating Treatment for AIDS and Other Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Thirty years after AIDS was first reported, the United Nations will meet today to discuss next-steps toward controlling the disease. Developing countries in Africa are still the hardest hit by AIDS, but progress is being made through the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, which calls for a reversal of the spread of HIV/AIDS in…

  • Knowledge is Power: ChildCount+, mHealth in Tanzania

    Knowledge is Power: ChildCount+, mHealth in Tanzania

    Collecting data is difficult. Collecting data in low resource settings is even more difficult. In my epidemiology courses, I have the luxury of generating correlation coefficients and p-values with cleaned, robust data sets. I was oblivious, however, to the process of getting information into this organized and beautifully coded package. That is until I was…

  • Using Mobile Phones to Help Prevent HIV Transmission to Children

    Using Mobile Phones to Help Prevent HIV Transmission to Children

    By Casey Iiams-Hauser and Yanis Ben Amor HIV infection in children occurs most often during pregnancy and labor or post-natally during breastfeeding. While new HIV infections among children have declined since 2002, a staggering 430,000 children were infected in 2008…

  • Useless Condoms and the Trap of HIV-sensitization

    Useless Condoms and the Trap of HIV-sensitization

    In Ruhiira, Uganda, one of 14 clusters of Millennium Villages across sub-Saharan Africa, combating HIV, including Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT), through sensitization campaigns, condoms, and antiretrovirals (ARVs) is only half the battle. Addressing the other half—a deeply ingrained culture of female disempowerment— is an unavoidable challenge, which is dangerously neglected. The victimization of females…

  • Eliminating Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in the Mbola Millennium Village

    I recently returned from a trip to the Mbola Millennium Village cluster in Tanzania to evaluate the progress of the project’s HIV/AIDS services for pregnant women. Since its beginning in 2006, the Millennium Villages project (MVP) has improved access to general medical services in the cluster, including the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)…