PSI recently published a chapter in Springer Publishing’s “Encyclopedia of Malaria.” “Malaria Diagnostics in the Private Sector” provides the most up-to-date findings and recommendations related to malaria diagnosis in the private health sector. Drawn largely from PSI’s experience implementing the UNITAID funded private sector malaria rapid diagnostics tests (mRDTs) project, the chapter focuses on theRead More ›
By Sandy Garcon, Communications Manager, PSI UNITAID’s executive director discusses the importance of developing and unlocking markets to accelerate innovations in growth. 1. Impact: Why are markets systems important to the poor? LM: The poorest people are typically the most vulnerable in society, and often the most directly affected by changing or underdeveloped market conditionsRead More ›
By Karl Hofmann, PSI President and CEO Despite over a century of remarkable progress, tuberculosis remains the world’s deadliest, yet preventable and treatable disease. While our attention focused on the more headline-grabbing malaria and Ebola, TB quietly rose as top infectious killer on the planet. Every year, around 9.6 million people worldwide are infected withRead More ›
In celebration of World AIDS Day, Population Services International (PSI) and UNITAID launch the first phase of a four-year project that will scale up HIV self-testing in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Washington, DC; Harare, Zimbabwe – November 30th, 2015 – Today, on the eve of World AIDS Day, PSI joined UNITAID, the World Health Organization and ministry of health officials from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to launch the UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Project at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA).Read More ›
Globally, there are an estimated 19 million people who do not know they are living with HIV. Without knowledge of their status, individuals cannot access life-saving HIV care and treatment. To close this gap, UNITAID is investing $23 million to accelerate access to HIV testing through simple HIV self-tests in three high-burden African countries overRead More ›
Few global health institutions focus as much on innovative finance as UNITAID. The global health initiative, established in 2006 and hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva, uses its understanding of how to address market shortcomings to improve access to quality-assured treatment and diagnostics for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria patients in low-incomeRead More ›
By Petra Stankard, HIV/TB
In 1882, Robert Koch discovered the bacteria that caused tuberculosis (TB) and introduced sputum smear microscopy as a method for diagnosing the disease. It was a major scientific advancement. Thousands of scientific advances have followed—we’ve walked on the moon, eradicated smallpox and discovered the makeup of an atom. But until recently, in laboratories throughout the developing world, the diagnosis of tuberculosis remained firmly rooted in Koch’s discovery.
Unfortunately, smear microscopy is far from a flawless diagnostic tool. Time-consuming and cumbersome, smear microscopy often fails to detect TB in people living with HIV (one of the populations most at risk for TB disease) limiting efforts to prevent unnecessary deaths. Added to that, microscopy cannot identify whether the TB bacilli present in a smear are drug resistant. This consequently slows diagnosis and treatment of multi-drug resistant TB even as it becomes a growing health problem.Read More ›
Ed note. This post is by Mark Leon Goldberg, PSI Healthy Lives editor. I visited Cameroon last week as part of a delegation accompanying UNITAID Chair Philippe Douste-Blazy, who is also a UN undersecretary general and the former French foreign minister. UNITAID is a World Health Organization-affiliated organization that seeks to raise funds for globalRead More ›
Top Story Bacteria-Injected Mosquitoes Blocked From Spreading Dengue Fever A team of Australian researchers have discovered a breakthrough in the reduction of dengue. By injecting mosquitoes with a bacteria, they were able to block them from transmitting the virus that kills 20,000 people a year. The Guardian reports: In two papers published in the journalRead More ›
Top Story UNITAID Patent Pool Kicks Off The Medicines Patent Pool, established by UNITAID to share drug patents, has just received its first contribution from Gilead Sciences. Sarah Boseley writes in Guardian Development why this is such a big deal. Gilead is the first pharma company to agree to put specific drug patents in theRead More ›
HIV/AIDS patients in the developing world just got handed a potential lifeline in the form of sharply reduced drug costs. A partnership between Bill Clinton’s Clinton Health Access Initiative, UNITAID and The UK’s Department for International Development was able to secure significant price reductions for first and second line HIV medicines. This means that healthRead More ›
Top StoryGrenade Attack Kills Photojournalists in Libya Tim Hetherington in Angola. Photo Credit Oscar-nominated British documentary-maker Tim Hetherington and US Pulitzer nominee who works for Getty Images, Chris Hondros, were killed while covering fighting in the embattled city of Mistra on Wednesday. From the Guardian: According to colleagues at the scene, Hetherington and Hondros were amongRead More ›