Topic: infectious diseases

Off the cuff: The turning point in the AIDS epidemic

[ Spring 2013 ] Ten years ago, President George W. Bush launched a $15 billion international program to fight AIDS—the largest public health initiative in history dedicated to a single disease. The School’s Phyllis Kanki spearheaded HSPH’s application to the President’s Emergency Plan for…

Dean's message: H1N1 and comprehensive health security

[Winter 2010] Health Reform in an Era of Pandemics The H1N1 pandemic has had a profound impact on global security. This pandemic clearly shows us that, in health matters, the world has become a single neighborhood—and that the consequences of actions taking…

HSPH investigators help lead H1N1 research and response

[Fall 2009] Catching the flu before it catches the world As a new influenza pandemic this spring set off alarms in the global health community, Harvard School of Public Health scholars helped illuminate the crisis and lead a practical response. In a…

Unlocking the secrets of drug resistance in malaria parasites

[ Fall 2011 ] New Gene Search Tool Opens “Endless Possibilities” During a half-century of global efforts to conquer malaria, scientists have developed a series of antimalarial drugs, only to see them defanged, one by one, by the shape-shifting parasite’s ability to…

Blocking malaria parasites

May 2010 -- In a paper published in the May 14 edition of the journal Science, Harvard School of Public Health researchers Manoj Duraisingh and Jeffrey Dvorin succeeded in locking malaria parasites within infected blood cells, potentially containing the disease's spread. Click…

The Eradicator: Donald Hopkins

August 2013 -- Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, and currently a vice president at the Carter Center, has spent a career helping to eradicate two major tropical diseases. Beginning in the 1960s he helped lead efforts to vaccinate people in Africa and Asia…

Harvard AIDS Initiative: The Movie

November 2013 -- What starts as a story of death and ignorance becomes a chronicle of discovery and success. To mark its 25th anniversary, the Harvard AIDS Initiative created a short video outlining major accomplishments and the work that remains to be…

Infographic: Global burden of disease

Our work is working... The past two decades have seen major progress in global health, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study -- an ambitious worldwide project involving Harvard School of Public Health faculty and many others. But as life…

Using cell phone data to curb the spread of malaria

For immediate release: Thursday, October 11, 2012 Boston, MA — New research that combines cell phone data from 15 million people in Kenya with detailed information on the regional incidence of malaria has revealed, on the largest scale so far, how human…