Topic: infectious diseases

Infectious diseases & pandemics

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Today, noncommunicable diseases account for two-thirds of all deaths globally. But in low-income nations, three largely preventable infectious diseases—lower respiratory infections, diarrheal infections, and HIV/AIDS—are the leading killers, with malaria, tuberculosis, and neonatal infections close behind. And as…

The hard science of saving lives

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Understanding the basic biology of infectious disease has been a constant at HSPH since its inception. “We’re one of the few schools of public health that has integrated laboratory science and more classical public health disciplines, such as…

AIDS at 30: Hard lessons and hope

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] Thirty years after the first official reports about HIV/AIDS, we look back on the human devastation and forward to a changed social landscape. The infection has killed more people so far than has any other discrete epidemic, except…

A low-tech way to combat HIV/AIDS

[ Spring 2008 ] The world is finally waking up to male circumcision The Harvard School of Public Health’s Daniel Halperin has been something of a maverick in the field of HIV/AIDS research. A medical anthropologist and an epidemiologist—one who scours populations for clues to what…

Hope for a needle-free TB vaccine

[ Spring 2008 ] New "dry-spray" technology passes muster in guinea pigs Aiming to make immunization safer and more cost-effective for the developing world, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Barry R. Bloom and two bioengineers at Harvard, David Edwards and doctoral student Yun-Ling Wong, have…

Returning home, with a plan to thwart killer TB

[ Fall 2011 ] In Kenya’s arid Wajir district, across the border from Somalia, attending school is not a given. Though some children learn to read while sitting on the floor in crowded classrooms or gathered on the dusty red ground under…

Dean's message: HIV/AIDS at 30: Turning the corner

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] Anniversaries compel us to reflect, to take stock, to inquire about how we can better carry out our missions. On the 30th anniversary of the first official report on what would be known as the HIV/AIDS epidemic—published by…

The cost of South Africa's misguided AIDS policies

[ Spring 2009 ] The human cost of South Africa's misguided AIDS policies AIDS activists and researchers argued for years that the negligent HIV/AIDS policies of former South African President Thabo Mbeki were causing a massive, unconscionable loss of human life. Now, thanks to the doctoral…

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…