We were at Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University Medical School all day today with TB Proof, KNCV, and local colleagues discussing TB transmission control in the setting of HIV. There was also beautiful singing by members of the community advisory board– hopefully will be able to get a Youtube video uploaded soon. I was reminded of the power of music and social movements. How exciting! … Continue reading World AIDS Day at Tygerberg Hospital
Today at the Southern Sun Hotel in downtown Cape Town was a press conference launching the Stop TB Global Plan to End TB. Speakers included Cheri Vincent (USAID), José Luis Castro (The Union), Lucica Ditiu (STOP TB), Aaron Motsoaledi (South Africa), Nick Herbert (UK), Eric Goosby (UNAIDS), and Zolelwa Sifumba (TB PROOF, MDR-TB survivor). A few selected comments from the speakers: Aaron Motsoaledi – “We hope … Continue reading Dr. Zolelwa Sifumba courageously speaks out
Hello from beautiful Cape Town. Today is the annual core group meeting of the Stop TB infection control sub-working group, led by Max Meis. I recently created a pilot survey about TB transmission at http://fast-tb.org. So far about 50 people have responded. If you haven’t completed the survey, please take a few minutes and do it. The questions and a few selected answers are below. TB is believed to spread … Continue reading What does Elton John have to do with TB transmission control?
Hello from Cape Town, South Africa. We just landed and I have a clinical case to present to you. This case is posted with permission. This is a man in his mid-30s from New York City who has a 9-month-old daughter and both are currently sick in South Korea. The baby got sick a few days ago in New York City before the family flew to Seoul, South Korea … Continue reading A sick baby and father…
Good morning. It’s Sunday here in Amsterdam and after a relatively quick red-eye from Boston we are on route to Cape Town for the Union World Conference on Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases. There are tulips for sale in the Schiphol terminal but I don’t think I am going to splurge. A few tidbits: KJ Seung from PIH on the cover of Boston Magazine this week discussing … Continue reading In Amsterdam, thinking about North Korea
Dear Bernie- Today my wife, son, and I took the train to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston where we met up with a friend and her two kids. We saw gorillas, mandrills, hippos, lemurs, zebras, and lions. After admiring the animals and contemplating their future, we sat down at a picnic table for some lunch on a blustery afternoon. Then, I spied a man at the picnic … Continue reading An open letter to Bernie Sanders
It’s Thanksgiving. I am grateful to have a home and a family and food on the table. So many people in Boston, the city where I live, don’t have those resources. They live on the street, and struggle mightily to survive. In this wealthy city, home of Harvard and MIT and so many other famous universities; of businesses and entrepreneurs; of politicians; of people from all … Continue reading Let us now praise famous men and women