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HAART Disease

The New York Times recently ran a depressing article on a newfound link between antiretroviral therapy and leprosy in patients that had previously been asymptomatic. Since leprosy can be easily treated with antibiotics donated from Novartis, it does not pose a widespread public health threat. But for the affected individuals, it can be deadly:

Let's Talk About Faith, Development - and Evidence

Talking about religion, or faith to use a more general term, is about as popular a thing to do as overpaying your taxes, especially in the policy world. We shy away from the topic because of the personal, sometimes intense, reaction it elicits and, I suspect, because faith feels a little soft, emotional, even anti-intellectual when compared with hard political and economic realities. But since faith impacts U.S. policy, it is a conversation we ought to be having.

A Double Whammy for Africa: Extensively Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB) and HIV/AIDS

While HIV strips our immune systems and destroys our innate ability to fight diseases, yet another pathogen is emerging the winner, and this time against the very drugs that are used to treat it. Microscopic TB bacilli have maneuvered their way through poorly managed TB treatment programs and have emerged as extensively drug resistant TB or XDR-TB, not just in Africa but also in eastern Europe, western Asia, and South Korea.

María and José Know How to Spend Their Remittances

Nearly every time there is a news story about the billions of dollars flowing to poor countries as remittances, someone worries that not “enough” of that money is being saved and invested. A case in point is today’s piece in the Washington Post. Latin American workers in the US will send home $45 billion this year, but “only a small portion … has gone to economic development.”

US Foreign Aid and the MCA: Above and Beyond?

In a new CGD paper, Kaysie Brown, Bilal Siddiqi and Myra Sessions take a closer look at whether the MCA is cutting into existing US development aid funding. As CGD has pointed out before, the MCA was intended to be a supplemental aid program that would complement—and not replace—existing aid structures. But many commentators have expressed worries that the administration is failing to live up to President Bush’s promise, and that increases in MCA funding are diverting funding away from USAID.

Stand Up & Vote (RED): Translating Conscious Consumerism and Advocacy into the U.S. Elections

In the days preceding the October 17th United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty we have seen the launch of PRODUCT (RED) in America, led by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage American corporations and consumers in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and “Stand Up Against Poverty,”a worldwide effort to set a Guinness World Record for the most people literally “standing up” against poverty.

Stand Up & Vote (RED): Translating Conscious Consumerism and Advocacy into the U.S. Elections

In the days preceding the October 17th United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty we have seen the launch of PRODUCT (RED) in America, led by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage American corporations and consumers in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and “Stand Up Against Poverty,”a worldwide effort to set a Guinness World Record for the most people literally “standing up” against poverty.

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