Rena Pacheco-Theard

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Over 5 Million People on HIV Treatment

It was just announced today at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna that an estimated 5.2 million people globally were on life-saving antiretroviral treatment for HIV at the end of 2009. This latest estimate from the WHO represents an additional 1.2 million people on treatment compared to the number in 2008. Increased ......

Debt Swap Agreement Will Help Indonesia Fight Tuberculosis

Officials from Australia, Indonesia and the Global Fund just announced an agreement that will boost support to Indonesia’s tuberculosis control programs. The Debt2Health agreement helps redirect money from servicing debt to improving public health. Australia will cancel AUD$75 million of Indonesia’s debt and Indonesia wil......

Progress on Polio in Nigeria

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report included promising information on a significant drop in polio cases in Nigeria. One of four remaining polio-endemic countries, Nigeria had the highest number of polio cases anywhere in the world (an estimated 798) in 2008. In 2......

An Inside Look at TB Vaccine Development

Last week, my colleagues Erin, Margaret and I (that’s us in the lab coats) went on a tour of the Aeras Global TB Vaccine facility in Rockville, Maryland. We were there to learn more about the need for a new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine and to see how the vaccine development process works. A new vaccine…...

Countries Selected for Additional U.S. Global Health Support

This morning, the State Department, USAID and the Department of Health and Human Services released a joint press release announcing the first round of “GHI Plus” countries, and providing details on the program’s governance. As we have described before, the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) is a $63 billion initiative ......

Ayuba Provides Wheelchairs and Hope for Polio Victims

Ayuba Gufwan is a polio survivor and the Executive Director of Wheelchairs for Nigeria and the Beautiful Gate Initiative. He is in Geneva today to help formally launch the new 2010-2012 Strategic Plan for eradicating polio. I had the pleasure of asking Ayuba a few questions about his experience with polio and how he is&hellip......

Africa’s Progress in Fighting Malaria

On Monday I was in New York City for the launch of an important report charting Africa’s progress in the fight against malaria and the major efforts still needed. Released by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and UNICEF, World Malaria Day 2010: Africa Update shows that increased funding for malaria control programs ha......

Good News for Maternal Health

A study published in The Lancet this week reports that maternal mortality has declined significantly for the first time in decades. The study, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, found that th......

Splash Page

Monday was World Water Day, but if you are still thirsty for more information on this critical issue, take a look at the Pulitzer Center’s online water gateway, DOWNSTREAM: Our Water, Our Lives. This interactive site houses a wealth of information on water. Among many features, DOWNSTREAM examine water in terms of health, e......

Chad’s President Renews Commitment to Fighting Polio

Chad, along with eighteen other African countries, began immunization of 85 million children against polio in a massive immunization campaign. The campaign has high level support and was launched by Heads of State and Health Ministers across the continent on March 6. President Idris Deby Itno of Chad initiated the campaign by......

Drug-Resistant TB at Record Levels

The WHO just released its 2010 report on multidrug and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) surveillance and response, providing the latest information on the status of this global epidemic. The alarming news from this report is that in some areas of the world, one in four people who were infected with tuberculo......

Impressive Results and Projections from the Global Fund

Today, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released its annual results report, tracking progress in the fight against these three diseases and forecasting future global health progress. According to the report, “The Global Fund 2010: Innovation and Impact,” programs supported by the Global Fund save at......

MASSIVEGOOD Launched

Q. What is ALL CAPS, as easy as a click, and can help the world be healthier? A. MASSIVEGOOD. MASSIVEGOOD, an initiative that asks for small donations that go towards improving global health, was launched by the United Nations and former President Bill Clinton on Thursday in New York City. Harnessing the power of social&helli......

Hearing on Haiti’s Debt

On Thursday, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Policy and Trade held a hearing on debt relief for Haiti – if you didn’t get the chance to watch it in person like I did, you can watch the webcast here. Chaired by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), the hearing provided an opportunity to hear from&hellip......

Women, Girls and HIV: “We don’t want pilots, we need action”

Yesterday, I traveled to New York City to take part in an important event for women and girls around the world. UNAIDS, along with artist and activist Annie Lennox and other prominent leaders, launched the Agenda for Accelerated Country Action for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV (2010-2014). The plan calls for the UN sy......