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December 26, 2006
Ethiopia launches an entertaining and exciting comic book to save soldiers' lives  
From the Center for Communication Programs: Johns Hopkins CCP, in partnership with several other agencies, has launched a new comic book, The Black Tigers, designed to help reduce the risk of HIV infection among Ethiopia's military. The comic will be used in peer-to-peer discussion groups to generate dialogue around HIV issues such as prevention, treatment, stigma, and discrimination. More >>

December 15, 2006
Center for Global Health awards thirteen Fall 2006 Framework Program in Global Health awards  
From the Center for Global Health: In conjunction with the Fogarty International Center, the Center for Global Health has awarded thirteen Johns Hopkins students Framework program grants, allowing them to travel overseas to gain valuable field experience in their area of expertise. More >> / Meet the winners >>  

December 13, 2006
Studies show adult male circumcision reduces acquisition of HIV: Clinical trials stopped early after positive results found
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced an early end to two clinical trials involving Johns Hopkins researhcers because an interim review of trial data revealed that medically performed circumcision significantly reduces a man’s risk of acquiring HIV through heterosexual intercourse. More >> 

December 13, 2006
Scientists explore new approaches to fight malaria   
From the Malaria Research Institute: The Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute is working on many different fronts against malaria. More >>

November 20, 2006
Safer method for large-scale malaria screening developed:
 New PCR test detects malaria parasite in urine or saliva rather than blood
 Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Malaria Research Institute: Researchers have developed a new test for detecting the malaria parasite in human urine and saliva. Although not a diagnostic test for determining treatment, the method could potentially reduce the need for blood sampling in epidemiological studies where large-scale malaria screening is required. More >>

November 7, 2007
Morrow honored with APHA International Health Lifetime Achievement Award
From Bloomberg School of Public Health: Richard Morrow, MD, a professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of International Health, received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Morrow was recognized for his contributions to the study of tropical diseases, epidemiological methods, quality-assurance management and the measurement of the burden of disease on populations. More >>

November 6, 2006
New South African survey demonstrates positive impact of multiple communication campaigns promoting HIV prevention behaviors
From Center for Communication Programs:
The combined efforts of many AIDS communication campaigns in South Africa, including educational drama series Tsha Tsha, showed positive impacts on HIV prevention behaviors, increased positive attitudes towards people living with HIV and AIDS, and increased community involvement in response to the epidemic, according to a new nationwide survey by Hopkins' CCP and others. More >>

October 17, 2006
International pandemic influenza preparedness plans lack prioritization  
From Bloomberg School of Public Health: Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel say that one-third of countries engaged in pandemic influenza planning have not prioritized who should get vaccinations and antiviral medications. The study authors performed the largest pandemic-plan review to date, a targeted review of 45 national pandemic influenza plans from developed and developing countries. More >>

October 13, 2006
Hopkins joins Ugandan researchers to study pediatric AIDS vaccine
From School of Medicine: Scientists from Johns Hopkins University have joined with scientists at Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda, and other institutions worldwide, to begin the first clinical safety trial in Africa of a vaccine to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through breastfeeding. More >>

October 11, 2006  
Faster, more accurate tuberculosis test developed
From Bloomberg School of Public Health:
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Imperial College London, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima, Peru, and other institutions have developed a simple and rapid new tuberculosis (TB) test. The test, called microscopic-observation drug-susceptibility or MODS, is more sensitive, faster and cheaper to perform than current culture-based tests. More >>

October 5, 2006  
Johns Hopkins's CCP launches an innovative Radio Diaries program in Ethiopia
From Center for Communications Programs:
Betengna, a new radio series that showcases the diaries of ordinary people living with HIV was launched in Ethiopia on Thursday, October 5th 2006 by Johns Hopkins CCP. The diaries will be broadcast weekly on three Ethiopian radio stations. The series aims to decrease the stigma and discrimination that HIV positive people face in Ethiopia by exposing the human face of living with the disease and providing a platform for creating discussion on these issues among the general public. More >>

September 29, 2006
Experts issue urgent call to adopt new principles to aid and protect world's most vulnerable populations from influenza pandemic
From Bloomberg School of Public Health: "Bellagio Group" of experts convened by The Johns Hopkins University is urgently calling on policy makers and public health officials to disseminate a new set of principles to better take into account the interests of those who will be the worst affected: the world's most poor and disadvantaged.... More>> 

September 28, 2006
HIgh-speed internet2 link revolutionizes global medical education: High-tech web connection beams Hopkins medical experts across the globe in seconds
From Medicine: Imagine Johns Hopkins faculty members performing microsurgury in Tanzania from a computer terminal in a Baltimore operating room, or health care experts in Vietnam presenting an avian  influenza patient to medical students gathered in the Hopkins outpatient center.... More>>

September 28, 2006
"Rx for Survival" wins Emmy Award
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: Rx for Survival, the six-part documentary series on global health that aired on PBS stations in November 2005, was recognized with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming—Long Form during the 27th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards held September 25.... More>> 

September 11, 2006
Hopkins Nursing launches international midwifery online community of practice
From the School of Nursing: The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, in collaboration with the World Health Organizations and other partners, launched the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery Community of Practice on September 11, 2006.... More>>

August 14, 2006
"Elite suppressors" of HIV to change how scientists monitor spread of disease
From the School of Medicine:
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have found that 1 percent to 2 percent of those infected with HIV in Baltimore apparently suppress the virus to nearly undetectable levels on their own, confounding public health efforts to accurately monitor the pandemic’s spread, now in its 20th year....More>>

August 12, 2006
Emergency anti-HIV drug plan "amazing success" in Uganda
From the School of Medicine:
Early results from a large study of HIV-infected people in rural Uganda show that seven out of 10 who got free, emergency access to antiretroviral drugs successfully suppressed the AIDS virus in their blood to nearly undetectable levels.  The findings are being presented by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the Rakai Health Sciences Program who are leading the study....More>>

July 28, 2006
Center for Refugee and Disaster Response provides assistance to Middle East Region
From Bloomberg School of Public Health:
Faculty and students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are working closely with colleagues at the American University of Beirut (AUB) trying to aid refugees at its campus in Lebanon....More>>

July 26, 2006
Hopkins' CCP launches new advocacy program to promote global action on malaria
From Center for Communication Programs: A new advocacy initiative led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) today initiated an urgent global call to action for a malaria-free future for families living in the developing world. CCP’s Global Program on Malaria has launched the VOICES for a Malaria-Free Future project to highlight successful anti-malaria efforts and evidence-based results....More>>

July 7, 2006  
JHPIEGO awarded $24M by the United States Agency for International Development to avert HIV crisis in Kenya's Eastern Province 
From JHPIEGO: JHPIEGO, an affiliate of The Johns Hopkins University that improves health care for women and families in low-resource areas, has been awarded a three-year, $24,000,000 cooperative agreement by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement the AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Program (APHIA II) in Eastern Province, Kenya. More >>

July 2, 2006
Antihistamine identified as potential antimalarial drug
From the Malaria Research Institute: The allergy medication astemizole could have another life as a potential treatment for malaria, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. More >>

June 29, 2006
India's Minister of Health talks about control of HIV/AIDS
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health:
The man responsible for the well-being of one-sixth of the earth’s inhabitants—Anbumani Ramadoss, India’s minister for health and family welfare since 2005—says that the vastness of India’s HIV/AIDS epidemic has turned this serious public health problem into an economic, social and development crisis as well....More>>

June 21, 2006  
Midwifery education making great strides in Afghanistan
Health care services for Afghan women improve thanks to Johns Hopkins collaboration JHPIEGO, an international health affiliate of The Johns Hopkins University (JHU), is spearheading efforts to improve the curriculum for midwifery education in Afghanistan. More >>

June 19, 2006
Receptor holds the key to mosquito immune response
From the Malaria Research Institute: Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have identified a gene in the Anopheles gambiae mosquito’s DNA that is central to the insect’s ability to defend against infectious pathogens, including Plasmodium, the parasite that causes malaria in humans. More >>

June 8, 2006
Mosquito immune system examined
From the Malaria Research Institute: Mosquitoes employ the same immune factors to fight off bacterial pathogens as they do to kill malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. More >>

June 1, 2006
Center for Global Health announces twelve Spring 2006 Framework Program in Global Health award winners  
From the Center for Global Health: The Center for Global Health, in financial support from the Fogarty International Center, announce the twelve students who have been awarded Framework Program in Global Health awards, allowing them to travel overseas and gain field experience in their chosen fields. More >> / Meet the winners >>

May 30, 2006  
JHPIEGO helps Indonesia establish national guidelines in infection prevention to aid in avian flu preparedness 
JHPIEGO, an international health affiliate of The Johns Hopkins University, has assisted Indonesia in establishing national guidelines for infection prevention and control of avian flu in health care facilities that will now become part of the country’s avian flu preparedness strategy. More >>

May 30, 2006  
JHPIEGO awarded grants to strengthen health care in the nature-ravaged countries of Indonesia and Pakistan  
JHPIEGO, an international health affiliate of The Johns Hopkins University, has been awarded $356,470 by The Ford Foundation to continue post-tsunami work in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and $42,000 by American Refugee Committee for pilot program in post-earthquake Pakistan. More >>

May 15, 2006
Johns Hopkins launches Center for Global Health
From the Center of Global Health: The Johns Hopkins University is launching a Center for Global Health to coordinate and focus its efforts against HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis, flu and other worldwide health threats, especially in developing countries, President William R. Brody announced. More >>

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