The COVID-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on the most vulnerable communities worldwide and threatens progress on HIV, TB, malaria, vaccination and other areas of health.

Below, you can find regularly updated information on the impact of COVID-19 on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria and news items from around the world on important developments.

1. Global Fund Survey
2. Imperial College Study
3. COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS
4. COVID-19 and Malaria
5. COVID-19 & Tuberculosis
6. Latest News
7. Further Reading

Global Fund Survey: Majority of HIV, TB and Malaria Programs Face Disruptions as a Result of COVID-19

Results from the Global Fund’s latest biweekly survey show challenges for HIV prevention and HIV, TB and malaria case finding. In addition, the Global Fund is seeing cancelled or delayed prevention activities and laboratory staff being reassigned to COVID-19 – twenty percent of HIV and TB lab services are experiencing high or very high disruptions.

10% of HIV, 9% of TB and 6% of malaria programs report shortages of key medical supplies and treatment.

  • 80% of HIV programs reported disruption to service delivery (21% with high or very high disruptions);
  • 75% of TB programs reported disruption to service delivery (19% with high or very high disruptions);
  • 66% of malaria programs reported disruption to service delivery (15% with high or very high disruptions).

Activities are being canceled due to:

  • Lockdowns
  • Restrictions on gatherings of people
  • Transport stoppages
  • COVID-related stigma
  • Reluctance of health workers to attend to people suspected of having TB or malaria – which have many of the same initial symptoms as COVID-19
  • Clients not seeking health services as usual

“The COVID-19 pandemic is only now starting to accelerate in many low- and middle-income countries, and needs will soar,” said Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands. “We expect that our initial funding will be largely deployed by the end of June. Additional funding is critically needed to fight COVID-19, and to adapt HIV, TB and malaria programs. If not, many more lives will be lost.”

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Imperial College Study

Imperial College London estimates “in high burden settings, HIV, TB and malaria related deaths over 5 years may be increased by up to 10%, 20% and 36%, respectively, compared to if there were no COVID-19 epidemic.” That’s why the Global Fund to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is providing immediate funding through its COVID-19 Response Mechanism.


NEW YORK TIMES: ‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus.

Tuberculosis kills 1.5 million people each year. Lockdowns and supply-chain disruptions threaten progress against the disease as well as H.I.V. and malaria.

Aug. 3, 2020 – It begins with a mild fever and malaise, followed by a painful cough and shortness of breath. The infection prospers in crowds, spreading to people in close reach. Containing an outbreak requires contact tracing, as well as isolation and treatment of the sick for weeks or months.

This insidious disease has touched every part of the globe. It is tuberculosis, the biggest infectious-disease killer worldwide, claiming 1.5 million lives each year.

Until this year, TB and its deadly allies, H.I.V. and malaria, were on the run. The toll from each disease over the previous decade was at its nadir in 2018, the last year for which data are available.

Yet now, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, consuming global health resources, these perennially neglected adversaries are making a comeback. Read more from Apoorva Mandavilli in the New York Times.

How the Global Fund is Responding to COVID-19

COVID-19 & HIV/AIDS

  • A six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy due to COVID-19 could lead to more than 500,000 extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses, including from tuberculosis, in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The 25.7 million people living with HIV and 16.4 million people taking antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Arica risk treatment interruptions due to COVID-19 because HIV services are closed, supply chains to deliver antiretroviral therapies are disrupted or service providers are overwhelmed.
  • “The COVID-19 pandemic must not be an excuse to divert investment from HIV,” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “There is a risk that the hard-earned gains of the AIDS response will be sacrificed to the fight against COVID-19, but the right to health means that no one disease should be fought at the expense of the other.”
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COVID-19 & Malaria

  • This year, we celebrated the distribution of the 2 billionth bed net to prevent malaria infections, but if COVID-19 leads to a severe disruption malaria services like insecticide-treated net campaigns and access to antimalarial medicines, malaria deaths in sub-Saharan African could double.
  • For many countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, peak malaria season in September is likely to overlap with COVID-19 related disruptions if current trends hold.
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COVID-19 & Tuberculosis

  • Lockdowns and limitations on diagnosis, treatment and prevention services could erase five years of progress on TB, increasing the annual number of deaths and cases over the next five years.
  • A three-month lockdown and 10-month restoration of services could mean an additional 6.3 million TB cases and 1.4 million deaths over five years.
  • Tuberculosis kills 1.5 million people each year, more than any other infectious disease.
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Latest News

8/3/20: ‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus. (the new york times)

“The pandemic has hindered the availability of drugs for H.I.V., TB and malaria worldwide by interrupting supply chains, diverting manufacturing capacity and imposing physical barriers for patients who must travel to distant clinics to pick up the medications. And these shortages are forcing some patients to ration their medications, endangering their health.” READ MORE

8/3/20: Coronavirus Live Updates: Epidemic Is ‘Extraordinarily Widespread,’ Birx Warns (the new york times)

“‘Covid-19 risks derailing all our efforts and taking us back to where we were 20 years ago,’ said Dr. Pedro L. Alonso, the director of the World Health Organization’s global malaria program.” READ MORE

7/31/20: Unlock 3: No silver bullet yet, brace for ripple effects from Covid (the business line – india)

“As the trajectory of confirmed COVID cases and mortality increases, there will emerge second and third-order effects like economic crisis, food production problems, housing issues, people losing jobs, disruptions in children’s education, and mental health, for example, says Dr. Parikh. And all this besides seasonal health concerns like malaria or dengue that come with the rains, the existing concerns of tuberculosis, and so on.” READ MORE

7/31/20: Laois aid worker in Africa asks for help to save people from Covid-19 (leinster express)

“The area is so poor that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 may not admit it, because to isolate means to not be able to work, and then have no money for food. The healthcare system here is already overwhelmed with diseases like malaria and TB. There is one doctor per 90,000 people. People won’t be tested. The Malawi government is doing all they can but without resources.” READ MORE

7/30/20: Combating COVID impact on malaria programs (burnet institute – australia)

“‘The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the control of infectious diseases is substantial, undermining established programs addressing HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and childhood vaccination,’ Professor Beeson and his co-authors write. They list several problems specific to malaria treatment and prevention, including issues with supply chains for insecticide-treated nets; lower attendance at health clinics because of fear of exposure to COVID-19; not enough resources to protect frontline health care workers from COVID-19; and supply chain issues with drug and other medicines.” READ MORE

7/29/20: COVID-19 Projected to Cause Surge in Deaths From HIV, TB and Malaria (poz)

“UNAIDS and the World Health Organization have also raised the alarm about the risk of shortages of seven major generic ARVs in 73 nations, including the vitally important tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.” READ MORE

7/29/20: Interview: Urban Weber of the Global Fund on COVID and the Big Three (health issues india)

“The donor community should be prepared to support instant mitigation: if bed net campaigns don’t happen, there will be an immediate loss of life. Infected patients, especially children under five, will die in a matter of days. The response against COVID and the response against malaria must happen in parallel. If tuberculosis notification and therefore enrollment for treatment is reduced because of lockdowns, a higher transmission rate in underserved communities will be the result.” READ MORE

7/29/20: HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 Require Global Solidarity (in depth news)

“The COVID-19 pandemic also poses a challenge to the HIV response, in that it affects the achievements gained thus far as a result of service disruption, constrained supply chain systems and diversion in financing of the response. For instance, major donor countries might prioritize their domestic economic challenges that have been brought about by COVID-19 pandemic. The health system is getting overwhelmed due to the pandemic, thereby affecting service continuity for HIV and other essential services. In summary, it is not “either or”, rather we must put all efforts to end both pandemics.” READ MORE

7/29/20: Measles vaccination disruptions due to coronavirus put 80 million children at risk (the guardian)

“In the capital city, Kinshasa, we noticed a major drop in consultation as many people feared they would be infected with COVID by going to health facilities deemed under-equipped with protective equipment, or feared being isolated and stigmatized for a long time due to the delays in obtaining test results. This situation affected the care of sick people and the monitoring of their treatment, especially for conditions such as diabetes, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS.” READ MORE

7/29/20: Top 5 stories on COVID-19 and HIV from AIDS 2020 (aids map)

“Many African countries responded quickly to COVID-19 by implementing changes to medication distribution and follow up appointments. Some have decreased the number of clinic visits and now dispense more HIV treatment to last longer, known as multi-month prescribing. Data presented from a South Africa study showed that when people are given fewer clinic appointments, this does not lead to poorer HIV management.” READ MORE

7/28/20: COVID-19 disruptions could lead to surge in infectious disease deaths (medical news today)

“Experts indicate that the pandemic’s knock-on effects are likely to be most severe in low and middle-income countries, where health systems are less robust and economic reserves are more limited. A particular concern is the impact of the pandemic on countries with high burdens of infectious diseases, such as HIV and tuberculosis, which depend on regular, large-scale programs of control and treatment.” READ MORE

7/28/20: Pacific nations face wider health crisis as systems focus on stopping Covid-19 (the guardian)

“Disruptions [such as poorer access to antiretroviral drugs, and interruptions to net campaigns, diagnosis and treatment] could lead to a loss of life-years over five years that is of the same order of magnitude as the direct impact from COVID-19 in places with a high burden of malaria and large HIV and tuberculosis epidemics.” READ MORE

7/28/20: Review: Global Food Insecurity set to rise because of COVID-19 (factly – india)

“Healthcare centers have been overwhelmed because of the pandemic and this has affected their ability to extend childcare and antenatal care. Moreover, in developing countries, infectious diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, tuberculosis, etc. are still prevalent and quality nutrition intake is a must.” READ MORE

7/27/20: Bill Gates: How HIV/AIDS prepared us to tackle COVID-19 (world economic forum)

“‘Better diagnostic tools are being developed to help identify these [coronavirus] infections. Investments are being made in libraries of antiviral drugs. Also, we’re making great progress on vaccines. These platforms won’t just be useful against this particular virus, they will also help us specifically for HIV,’ Bill Gates says.” READ MORE

7/27/20: papua new guinea orders lockdown of capital after first virus death (malay mail)

“Papua last week asked for help from the World Health Organization, which is said to be mobilizing international emergency medical teams to deploy to the country. Experts fear a severe COVID-19 outbreak could be catastrophic in a country where malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are already problems.” READ MORE

7/27/20: It’s ‘trading one health crisis for another’ (business line)

“Leena Menghaney with the Médecins Sans Frontières explained that diseases dependent on the public health system for delivery of treatment — such as TB, malaria and viral hepatitis — saw the most sufferers. HIV and hepatitis require frequent examination of viral load for deciding on the treatment, but equipment and manpower used for this were mostly diverted for COVID testing, said Menghaney. ‘Similarly, with the bed net scheme temporarily stopped due to COVID, the incidence of malaria…is expected to go up in most malaria-infected regions in the country.’” READ MORE


Further Reading

7/24/20: Western Region records low patronage of mother, child health services (ghanaweb)

“The Western Regional Health Director, Naa Dr Jacob Yakubu Mahama, however, said there was a significant reduction in malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS cases.” READ MORE

7/24/20: Malawi: Germany Commits to Support Malawi Health Sector (nyasa times)

“The envoy said Germany has been supporting the health sector in areas if neonatal and maternal health, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria through its GTZ and KFW is committed to helping Malawi fight COVID-19.” READ MORE

7/24/20: India and Africa: A compassionate partnership (the telegraph – india)

“COVID-19 has brought new challenges to an Africa saddled with endemic diseases like HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and Ebola, the four other infectious killers in recent times.” READ MORE

7/24/20: A tale of two pandemics: Covid-19 and lessons learnt from HIV (bhekisisa – south africa)

“TB testing numbers almost halved during shelter-in-place orders and HIV viral load testing fell too, says Linda-Gail Bekker, CEO of the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation.” READ MORE

7/24/20: A tale of two pandemics: Covid-19 and lessons learnt from HIV (daily maverick – south africa)

“The COVID-19 outbreak comes at a time when South Africa is trying to increase access to the HIV prevention pill — a daily tablet that can dramatically reduce someone’s chances of contracting the virus. At the same time, the country is in the process of introducing a 3-in-1 antiretroviral that includes the newer medication, dolutegravir. Depending on whether the country sees successive waves of COVID-19 outbreaks, Linda-Gail Bekker [CEO of the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation] predicts it could take at least a year to 18 months to get a sense of how the pandemic has impacted HIV care and treatment, and other health programs such as childhood immunizations.” READ MORE

7/23/20: 4 European Union Humanitarian Air Bridge Flights, coordinated by Portugal, bring medical supplies and equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Guinea-Bissau (european union external action)

“This new wave of humanitarian aid addresses the country’s immediate health needs in the face not only of the coronavirus, but also of other diseases that need urgent attention during this pandemic period, notably Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV.” READ MORE

7/23/20: Emergency budget addresses causes, not consequences of Covid-19 – DA Northern Cape (politics web – south africa)

“Not only does the [Northern Cape] province already have high defaulting rates, but early research also shows that mortality rates from the coronavirus are two to three times higher in individuals who are HIV-positive or who suffer from tuberculosis.” READ MORE

7/23/20: How avoiding emergency department visits can have serious consequences (express healthcare – india)

“Prior experience from Ebola outbreak (2014 – 2015) suggests that the increased number of deaths caused by measles, malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis attributable to health system failures.” READ MORE

7/23/20: Fearful Papua New Guinea calls for WHO virus help (yahoo news australia)

“National pandemic response controller David Manning expressed ‘serious concerns on the alarming rate of increase of COVID-19 cases in Port Moresby and the likely spread to the other provinces’, saying there was a ‘high likelihood of expanded community transmission’. Papua New Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the Pacific. Its rickety health system is already under severe pressure from the widespread transmission of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as well as one of the world’s few remaining outbreaks of polio.” READ MORE

7/23/20: Community engagement critical in Covid 19 fight (the herald – zimbabwe)

“With the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC) observing an increase of 100,000 new cases weekly, there is concern on how the fight against COVID-19 is affecting governments’ response to other health interventions such as malaria, tuberculosis and immunization programs.” READ MORE

7/23/20: UN releases USD 106 million for socio-economic sector (agencia angola press)

“For this year, Paolo Badelli said five million dollars have already been raised to provide immediate responses to the needs of combating the pandemic, with the other 31 million dollars to be raised through UN agencies in New York and bilateral partners. He also spoke of the need for Angola to work to improve access to health services, avoiding major endemic diseases such as malaria, HIV, tuberculosis and other chronic diseases such as diabetes, areas in which he said there was “strong investment” by the UN.” READ MORE

7/22/20: Covid-19: Projections predict increase in cases (agencia angola press)

“Secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda recalled that the Angolan health system is already struggling with problems in the treatment of transmissible and non-transmissible diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, typhoid fever, and others.” READ MORE

7/22/20: Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock Remarks in Conversation with CSIS on Covid-19’s Next Cascade of Crises & Choices Before the World’s Leaders (United nations office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs/ Reliefweb)

“In addition, at least 2 million preventable deaths could occur as a result of disrupted health care through the pandemic. Already, millions of children in 80 countries are not receiving their routine vaccinations. The annual death toll from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria is set to double. Important progress that has been realized by GAVI and the Global Fund and the work of Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and others, in other words, could be compromised as a result of the pandemic.” READ MORE

7/22/20: ‘Community involvement key in Covid-19 fight’ (the herald – ZIMBABWE)

“‘We need to redouble our commitment towards the fight against Covid-19 and other diseases like TB, HIV and malaria. This is the time for governments to commit to resourcing their health facilities because COVID-19 is a massive health disruption which arises with huge socio-economic consequences’ said Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund.” READ MORE

7/22/20: Can we learn from COVID-19 testing infrastructure for TB management? (cnbc tv18 – india)

“The steps taken to overcome initial stigma and inertia in the case of COVID-19 through large mass communication channels can be replicated to apply for TB. …Key pieces of the necessary data infrastructure for mass TB surveillance and management can be extracted from the COVID-19 model and utilized for collecting data at scale…through labs, public and local health agencies.” READ MORE

7/21/20: How Deadly Is COVID-19? Researchers May Have Finally Found An Answer (latin post)

“In other epidemics, experts say people avoided seeking medical attention due to fears they would get infected with the virus. Additionally, overwhelmed healthcare systems also faced difficulties in providing services. One study showed HIV, TB, and malaria may have killed more people during the 2014- 2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa than the virus itself.” READ MORE

7/21/20: Malaria struggle must not be derailed by COVID-19 (the Brussels times)

“COVID-19 exists in addition to, not instead of, the world’s existing health problems. It is clear that the progress that has been made against malaria is in danger as resources are diverted to tackling COVID-19.” READ MORE

7/21/20: Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Kits Market Increase In Development Activities Is More Boosting Demands, 2020-2030 (science examiner)

“Emergence of COVID-19 has driven the need of better diagnostic tools, which is expected to propel the global RT-PCR kits market. Moreover, increase in incidence of HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and other genetic disorders is likely to boost demand for RT-PCR kits during the forecast period.” READ MORE

7/21/20: Statement On The Global Response To COVID-19 (office of United States senator patrick leahy)

“Disruptions in supply chains, personnel, transport, and other factors caused by COVID-19 are projected to result in millions of additional deaths from AIDS, TB, and malaria in 2020 and 2021.” READ MORE

7/20/20: How COVID-19 threatens efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in South Africa (the conversation)

“Twenty-four countries are at risk of drug stock-outs of major first-line drugs; 38 countries reported a disruption in HIV testing and 23 reported a disruption in HIV viral load monitoring.” READ MORE

7/20/20: Coronavirus Threatens Progress in AIDS Fight (karma impact)

“Vaccinations and screenings for HIV, measles, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases are down because of COVID-19, and this could lead to more deaths.” READ MORE

7/20/20: Fears of HIV spike in Jamaica as pandemic hits prevention efforts (reuters)

“‘What we are finding is some persons are not committed to taking their HIV medication because they have other problems that in their head are more important than medication. They are busy trying to find food and bread for their family, and they are not really thinking about taking medication,’ said Jumoke Patrick, executive director of the Jamaican Network of Seropositives, which advocates for the rights of people with HIV.” READ MORE

7/19/20: Defeating Covid-19 a worldwide effort (the sun daily – malaysia)

“Other preventable deaths are rising as less people get medical attention due to loss of livelihoods and health coverage. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has estimated an additional 1.44 million deaths from the three killer diseases.” READ MORE

7/18/20 Coronavirus reaching hinterland real challenge for health care (hindustan times – india)

“‘Some progress has certainly been made in improving service delivery in rural areas, but the focus has been largely on maternal and childcare, with some good work in malaria and TB control. But by and large, the infrastructure capacity to cope with infectious diseases in terms of trained personnel, laboratory support and good district and sub district level hospitals continue to be poor. A lot more focus and investment [are] needed,’ said K Sujatha Rao, former Union health secretary.” READ MORE

7/18/20: Africa can’t afford COVID-19 trade-offs (the reporter ethiopia)

“For starters, diagnostic tests – for COVID-19 and many other common diseases – must be accessible to all – and especially to high-risk populations. Africa has well-established testing services for several common diseases, including multi-disease testing for HIV and TB. But these programs are now at risk, and Africa is also falling behind other regions in testing for COVID-19.” READ MORE

7/17/20: Africa can’t afford COVID-19 trade-offs (PaZimbabwe)

“Some countries have introduced joint testing for TB and COVID-19 and for malaria and COVID-19 (and immediate malaria treatment if required). Joint testing makes all the more sense, because HIV, TB, and malaria may all cause symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as high fevers. Such programs must be scaled up, so that diagnostics and treatments — which are often expensive and difficult to access — are available to all.” READ MORE

7/17/20: Politics gets in the way of Nigeria’s COVID-19 response (devex)

“Government officials admit that reopening most sectors of the Nigerian economy could lead to a rise in coronavirus cases but — in line with the advice of WHO’s Africa office — they say the extension of lockdowns would threaten gains made in other areas, including the fight against diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV.” READ MORE

7/16/20: UN Raises COVID-19 Appeal to $10.3 Billion (voa news)

“Another 1.7 million people could die from treatable diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, from disruptions to health services and resources diverted to COVID-19.” READ MORE

7/16/20: COVID-19: UN relief chief urges G20 to step up to avert ‘cascading crises’ in fragile countries (UN NEWS)

“UN agencies estimate that due to disruptions to health systems caused by the pandemic, some 6,000 children could die each every day from preventable causes, while annual deaths from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, could double.” READ MORE

7/16/20: PAHO to work with COICA indigenous organization to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the Amazon basin (pan american health organization)

“[The Pan American Health Organization and Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin] also warned that the high rates of diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases in these communities ‘increases the risk of contracting severe cases of COVID-19.’ Chronic child malnutrition, high maternal mortality rates, malaria and dengue in indigenous communities, also ‘adds to the emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.’” READ MORE

7/16/20: No treatment without Covid test, say private hospital doctors (the new indian express)

“It is near impossible to identify COVID-19 cases from just the symptoms, as fever is a basic symptom for malaria and dengue too. We cannot take any chances now, as the number of local transmission cases in the coastal areas and within the city is spiking.” READ MORE

7/16/20: DISRUPTED HEALTH SERVICE IN LOW-MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES MIGHT LEAD TO INCREASE IN HIV, TB, MALARIA RELATED DEATHS DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC (first post)

“For TB, [researchers at Imperial College London] said the greatest impact [of COVID-19] could be from reductions in timely diagnosis and treatment of new cases. Based on the model, the scientists said in southern African countries, TB deaths could rise by as much as 20 percent over the next five years compared with when services are functioning normally.” READ MORE

7/16/20: 109 Local PPE Manufacturers Trained (kenya news)

“The new facilities would be designed to bolster testing capacity and reduce tests turnaround time [for COVID-19]. The laboratories will also be used for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other tests.” READ MORE

7/15/20: HIV, malaria and TB deaths likely to surge amid Covid-19: Study (the strait times – singapore)

“In countries with a high malaria burden and large HIV and TB epidemics, even short-term disruptions could have devastating consequences for the millions of people who depend on programs to control and treat these diseases.” READ MORE

7/15/20: America Should Prepare for a Double Pandemic (the atlantic)

“Global programs that fight HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis are being disrupted as workers are reassigned to fighting COVID-19, supplies run out, and labs are inundated.” READ MORE

7/15/20: In African villages, coronavirus sparks fears of a spike in malaria deaths (Thomson reuters)

“It would not be the first time an outbreak of another disease led to a rise in the number of malaria infections. North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo saw an eight-fold increase in malaria cases after the 2018 Ebola outbreak there as the focus of medical efforts shifted.” READ MORE

7/15/20: The G20 needs to do more to address the human toll of COVID-19 (the atlantic council)

“Treatment and prevention programs for [HIV, TB, and malaria] have been disrupted, community health facilities have been overwhelmed by COVID patients, and resources previously committed to the HIV, TB, and malaria diverted.” READ MORE

7/14/20: Pandemic risks ‘surge’ in infectious disease deaths (manilla bulletin – philippines)

“The [Imperial College London] team behind the research said it was vital for governments to ensure that people living with the three killers [HIV, TB, and malaria] continued to have access to diagnosis and treatment even while health systems are stretched by COVID-19.” READ MORE

7/14/20: COVID-19 Ripple Effect May Raise HIV, TB and Malaria Death Tolls? (VOA)

“TB deaths increase the most under this scenario by 20% over the next five years, as untreated patients spread the disease.” READ MORE

7/14/20: What Happens When A Pandemic And An Epidemic Collide (NPR)

“The biggest worry is that patients won’t be able to get the AIDS drugs they need because closed borders can interfere with drug shipments; or because quarantines have slowed down work in industries including drug manufacturing; or because economic losses will threaten funding for AIDS prevention programs from some governments.” READ MORE

7/14/20: COVID-19: How to address Africa’s disease burden amidst a pandemic (cnbc africa)

“The Access to Medicine Foundation says after decades of investment for ending HIV, malaria and tuberculosis pandemics, the progress made in protecting children from these diseases is now at risk due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” READ MORE

7/14/20: Complicating the Coronavirus Lockdown Debate (contagion live)

“In areas with substantial prior health care resource strains, the [Imperial College London researchers] even note that years of life lost (defined as the number of years a person would have been expected to live had they not died of a particular cause) could in some cases be of similar scale to the biological impact of the pandemic itself.” READ MORE

7/14/20: The developing world faces a health, economic and security crisis that will dwarf the impact of Covid (the telegraph – united kingdom)

“If no action is taken, the diversion of health resources [to COVID-19] could mean the annual death toll from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria doubling.” READ MORE

7/14/20: Surge in HIV, TB and Malaria Deaths Predicted Following COVID-19 Pandemic (technology network)

“Much of the gain made in malaria control over the last decade has been due to the distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, which many Sub-Saharan Africa countries planned to distribute in 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic will likely disrupt these distributions, as well as other core health services, resulting in more malaria cases and deaths.” READ MORE

7/13/20: Potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria in low-income and middle-income countries: a modelling study by Imperial college london (the lancet global health)

“In settings with high burdens of HIV, tuberculosis, or malaria, disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic could cause an increase in deaths due to HIV of up to 10%, due to tuberculosis of up to 20%, and due to malaria of up to 36%, over 5 years compared with if no COVID-19 pandemic occurred. In settings with high burdens of HIV, tuberculosis, or malaria, maintaining a continuity of services and recovering programs should be a high priority to reduce the broader health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.” READ MORE

7/13/20: How the covid-19 pandemic is making malaria and HIV more deadly (new scientist)

“Testing for HIV has also been hampered, meaning an increased risk of transmission because people will be unaware they have it, says Atkins. For TB, which already kills around 4000 people daily, a reduction in diagnosis and treatment is the biggest concern.” READ MORE

7/13/20: Study predicts surge in HIV, TB and malaria deaths amid COVID-19 pandemic (thomson reuters foundation)

“The knock-on impact of COVID-19 could undo some of the significant progress against [HIV, TB, and malaria] made over the past two decades, compounding the burden caused by the pandemic directly.” READ MORE

7/13/20: Ghana’s death statistics and COVID-19: There are worse killers (graphic – ghana)

“Ghana’s 129 recorded casualties from COVID-19 over the last six months thus remain the lowest (about 1 death per day) in terms of contribution to the total death figures of the country. It is therefore of essence that the Health Officials maintain high level of focus to treat patients of diseases that have real impact on the country’s overall death such as malaria, heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.” READ MORE

7/13/20: Africa Can’t Afford COVID-19 Tradeoffs (project syndicate)

“Already, some African countries have paused programs providing TB and HIV treatments and diagnostics, and suspended distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) – essential to protect against malaria – right before the high-transmission rainy season.” READ MORE

7/13/20: Peter Sands breaks down the ‘huge amount at stake’ for HIV progress (devex)

“COVID-19 lockdowns have had a drastic impact on both treatment and prevention of HIV. The pandemic has disrupted global supply chains, while local mobility restrictions have affected distribution of antiretroviral drugs and other medicines.” READ MORE

7/13/20: Study suggests potential surge in HIV, TB, and malaria deaths due to coronavirus (bournemouth echo – united kingdom)

“For TB, the greatest impact [from COVID-19] is predicted to be from reductions in timely diagnosis and treatment of new cases.” READ MORE

7/11/20: Non-Covid-19 patients left in the lurch as virus swamps hospitals (Deccan herald – india)

“A UN study concluded that for every month of lockdown, India may witness an additional 71,000 TB deaths and more than 232,000 TB cases over the next five years.” READ MORE

7/10/20: COVID-19: Re-tooling Nigeria’s public health delivery model? (The Guardian – Nigeria)

“In the aftermath of the Ebola crisis, many individuals died due to the inability of the overwhelmed health systems to treat malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis than from Ebola itself. A similar trend can only be avoided in the aftermath of this fight against COVID-19 if efforts are geared towards putting in place a proactive, revolutionary and easily affordable and accessible health services delivery model [in Nigeria] that can ride on strong deployment of technology to strengthen healthcare accessibility at the grassroots.”  READ MORE

7/9/20: covid-19 and other diseases (london review of books)

“According to figures compiled by researchers at McGill University, the COVID-19 pandemic is predicted to cause an additional 400,000 malaria deaths this year; an additional 700,000 HIV-related deaths in Africa alone; and up to 1.4 million additional tuberculosis deaths by 2025. The list continues: at least 80 million children under one are at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, rubella and polio, as routine immunization services have been disrupted in almost 70 countries.” READ MORE

7/9/20: COVID-19 pandemic disrupts crucial supply of life-saving HIV medicine for millions (globe and mail – canada)

“A separate study by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria found that at least three-quarters of the fund’s programs in 106 countries, including 85 per cent of its HIV programs, were suffering disruptions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.” READ MORE

7/9/20: Nigeria: COVID-19 – Group Cautions Against Retrogression in Anti Malaria Drive (all africa)

“Vulnerable communities where health care services are underserved…are under the threat of COVID-19 and are at the risk of a resurgence of malaria, HIV and TB. As the resources that used to serve these communities which were inadequate to begin with is stretched to serve the needs of COVID-19, alongside the economic downturn occasioned by the lockdown could result in nutritional deficiencies and collapse of services.” READ MORE

7/9/20: Hospitals overwhelmed as Johannesburg runs out of oxygen (the telegraph – united kingdom)

“The soaring coronavirus caseload is wreaking havoc on South Africa’s other major health crises: the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics. Almost five million South Africans are on life-saving antiretroviral drugs but in recent weeks the delivery of this HIV therapy has been severely disrupted by the pandemic.” READ MORE

7/9/20: What Toll Will COVID-19 Take on Tuberculosis and HIV Treatment? (the wire, science – india)

“TB patients often have lung damage, and it is possible that they might have poorer outcomes [from COVID-19] if they also developed pneumonia due to coronavirus.” READ MORE

7/8/20: Coronavirus latest: US tops 3 million coronavirus cases (Deutsche Welle – germany)

“The UNAIDS and WHO can only estimate, but they are estimating half-a-million additional deaths due to a lack of supplies. The issue with HIV is that you have to take the medication every day. And if you do not have medication for months or even a week, you might develop resistance against the medication. And then it won’t work anymore.” READ MORE

7/8/20: HIV funding is dwindling. Who will fill the gap? (devex)

“As the novel coronavirus continues to squeeze government budgets, experts note there are more questions and uncertainties on the future of HIV funding. UNAIDS estimates a shortfall of 30% in the overall amount needed to effectively respond to HIV in 2020.”  READ MORE

7/8/20: U.S. exit from WHO will jeopardize global fight against COVID-19, polio, other diseases, experts say (nbc news)

“The U.S. departure could also threaten other WHO programs that seek to combat drug-resistant tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, and ensure vaccinations for children and safe childbirth in poorer countries.” READ MORE

7/7/20: ‘Leaving the WHO Will Hurt Americans’ Health (foreign policy)

“The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to double the death toll from HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.” READ MORE

7/7/20: Foreign Aid Is A Key Part Of U.S. Foreign Policy (patch – new york)

“In addition to addressing immediate COVID-19 needs, the [Congressional earmark] takes a holistic approach to global health and seeks to accelerate the strengthening of health systems in low- and middle-income countries to manage health threats and communicable diseases, which we know all too well do not respect borders. To help sustain progress against HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria, the earmark provides $5.93 billion for global HIV/AIDS activities, including $1.56 billion for the Global Fund and clarifies the U.S. commitment to maintaining our 33% share.’” READ MORE

7/7/20: Coronavirus lockdowns seen increasing HIV risk to women and girls (times of india)

“UNAIDS urged countries to increase investment in both HIV and COVID-19, citing the Ebola outbreak in western Africa as an example of what could go wrong.” READ MORE

7/7/20: Odisha COVID-19 lockdown: Five-day shutdown ordered in urban pockets of Ganjam after spike in coronavirus cases (FINANCIAL EXPRESS – INDIA)

“Apart from checking symptoms for COVID-19, the health teams [conducting door-to-door screening] would also collect data on diseases like tuberculosis and malaria.” READ MORE

7/6/20: Coronavirus-induced disruption in resources may cause 1 million extra deaths due to other diseases (Wion news – india)

“The coronavirus pandemic has absorbed the focus of all health agencies and relief groups, leaving in the lurch many suffering life-threatening diseases like HIV, AIDS, and TB.”  READ MORE

7/6/20: Efforts to beat the coronavirus pandemic could cause over 1 million extra deaths from other diseases, experts warn (CNN)

“‘The social distancing efforts and lockdowns to control the spread of it [coronavirus], have disrupted HIV prevention and treatment programs and put vital HIV research on hold,’ said Dr. Anton Pozniak, president of the International AIDS Society, last week, ahead of the AIDS2020 conference.”  READ MORE

7/6/20: UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic shows that 2020 targets will not be met because of deeply unequal success; COVID-19 risks blowing HIV progress way off course (unaids)

“The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously impacted the AIDS response and could disrupt it more. A six-month complete disruption in HIV treatment could cause more than 500,000 additional deaths in sub-Saharan Africa over the next year (2020–2021), bringing the region back to 2008 AIDS mortality levels. Even a 20% disruption could cause an additional 110,000 deaths.”  READ MORE

7/6/20: When one pandemic disrupts another: The story of the coronavirus and HIV (THE WASHINGTON POST)

“Arguably, if people cannot access PrEP and testing and are just unable to do the things they need to do to keep themselves safe, we might see a slowing in the reduction in HIV infections.” READ MORE

7/6/20: MSF (Doctors without borders) welcomes johnson & johnson price cut on lifesaving tb drug as an important step forward (Médicins sans frontières)

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO has further advised countries to treat people with drug resistant-TB in the safety of their homes by using all-oral regimens, including Bedaquiline, instead of injections that require people to visit clinics, where they could possibly be exposed to other patients who have contracted the novel coronavirus.”  READ MORE

7/6/20: AMREF Donates Over Sh.180m To Support Fight Against Covid-19 In Nine Counties (kenya news)

“According to a Program Director, HIV, TB, Malaria and Non-Communicable Diseases at African Medical and Research Foundation, Dr. Bernard Langat, nine counties [in Kenya] would each receive 20 million Kenyan Shillings that would also address emerging issue like drastic drop in the number of patients seeking treatment in hospital due to COVID-19 fears.”  READ MORE

7/6/20: Efforts to beat the coronavirus pandemic could cause over 1 million extra deaths from other diseases, experts warn (abc news 7)

“‘This year’s pandemic and the Ebola 2014 epidemic “are very similar in certain ways,’ said Dr. Emanuele Capobianco, director of health and care for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. ‘I remember there was a very huge spike for malaria, because malaria was not being diagnosed. To alleviate this, tests were taken out to the community, allowing malaria to be diagnosed and treated more easily.’”  READ MORE

7/4/20: I hope Metro extends to airport, Whitefield: Consulate-General of Japan (the new indian express)

“In addition to over 600,000 COVID-19 cases in the country and over 6,000 cases in Bengaluru, diseases like tuberculosis and malaria are also rampant.”  READ MORE

7/4/20: Let’s not forget tuberculosis while fighting COVID (the jakarta post – indonesia)

“The impact of reduced availability and use of TB services [due to COVID-19 lockdowns] is that 6.3 million more people will fall ill due to TB by 2025 and 1.4 million more will die if immediate action is not taken. This puts the world at infection levels last seen five to eight years ago.”  READ MORE

7/3/20: Are we pacing-up the diagnosis facilities for killer diseases like TB amidst COVID-19? (express healthcare – india)

“With the ongoing pandemic, there is a significant risk that prevention and treatment programs for the existing conditions will be disrupted. Therefore, it is essential to plan and monitor the procurement and supply of TB medicines and diagnostics that are not disturbed and available to the affected individuals.”  READ MORE

7/2/20: Swapping production of malaria tests for covid-19 tests requires an urgent response (the british medical journal)

“…Several diagnostic companies have suggested that production dedicated to the most widely used malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) will be reallocated to covid-19 RDTs. Without malaria RDTs, healthcare workers in high endemic countries will resort to presumptive treatment, risking inappropriate use of antimalarials and development of drug resistance. This will eventually lead to an increased demand for artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), which is already facing supply difficulties due to the covid-19 pandemic.”  READ MORE

7/2/20: civil society organizations seek increased investment towards eradicating malaria (tvc news – nigeria)

“But civil society organizations in the malaria, tuberculosis and HIV response plan are concerned that funding could now dwindle for other interventions. The prevention and treatment services for various diseases have been severely disrupted since the [COVID-19] outbreak began. Major diseases like…HIV, Tuberculosis and others have experienced a shortfall in funding as regards response towards their prevention and control.”  READ MORE

7/2/20: COVID-19 response must incorporate TB, malaria, HIV programs as essential services (the jakarta post – indonesia)

“Hospitalized TB patients may experience respiratory failure, which usually need a ventilator to help them breathe. They must share the limited supply of ventilators with COVID-19 patients who have developed respiratory failure. The mortality rate is significantly higher in patients whose need for a ventilator cannot be met.”  READ MORE

7/2/20: A new deal could ease Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis. The international community must get behind it. (THE WASHINGTON POST)

“Long before Venezuela confirmed its first case of COVID-19, the country was facing a humanitarian emergency: Malnutrition was on the rise; vaccine-preventable diseases that had been eradicated, like measles and diphtheria, returned; and infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis spiked. Health professionals struggled, as basic utilities blinked on and off at health-care facilities and many colleagues emigrated, driving a steady decline in health-care operational capacity.” READ MORE

7/2/20: COVID-19: How 170 Missed Out On ARV Care During Lockdown (nigerian tribune)

“Dr Olajide, [of the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria] however, declared that since June, the number of clients coming to the clinics for ARVs [in Oyo State] had improved, adding that ‘our clients now take at least three months of drugs so that it decongests the clinic and lockdown will not be an issue.’” READ MORE

7/2/20: Africa should not be complacent with Covid-19 fatality rate – Director of African Centres for Disease Control (joy news – ghana)

“‘We have to know that there are other forces that are playing against us and could play against us [and contribute to a spike in coronavirus cases], those include endemic diseases that we have for example the tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and malnutrition will play against us. And also the rising number of non-communicable diseases will also play against us,’ said Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”  READ MORE

7/1/20: ‘THE WORK MUST GO ON’ – UNINTERRUPTED HELP FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV & TB DURING COVID-19 (united nations development programme)

“Responding to COVID-19 lockdown logistical challenges, the United Nations Development Programme, Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health, the Sudanese National Medical Supplies Fund, and World Food Programme collaborated to ensure 17 containers of HIV and TB medication and laboratory supplies continued to reach those in need [in Sudan].” READ MORE

7/1/20: COVID-19 and the Most Vulnerable (harvard medical school)

“‘The coronavirus pandemic has generated a massive international response in part because it is afflicting people in richer countries and interfering with the global economy, while other diseases that ravage poorer countries, like Ebola virus disease, malaria and tuberculosis, are often ignored,’ said Eugene Richardson, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.” READ MORE

7/1/20: Let us not allow Covid-19 crowd out other, even deadlier, diseases (daily nation – kenya)

“The resources needed to treat [AIDS, TB, cholera, malaria, polio] could run out as they are repurposed for COVID-19. According to Dr. John Nkengasong, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), hospitals are so overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases that they’re redirecting medical staff, running short on supplies and suspending other key health services.” READ MORE

6/30/20: Flattening the malaria and COVID-19 curves (the hill)

“It turns out, investing in flattening the malaria curve will help us flatten the COVID-19 curve. In the same way that U.S. hospitals postponed elective surgeries to clear beds for COVID patients, it is essential that countries with a high malaria burden have effective malaria prevention programs to ensure their hospitals and clinics have the capacity needed for COVID patients.” READ MORE

6/30/20: The poor lose again: Impact of Covid-19 on Africa (daily maverick – south africa)

“COVID-19 afflicts older people most severely. The disease is expected to have relatively low mortality rates in Africa compared to other regions. While Africa benefits from its younger population, this is offset by its comorbidities like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. In addition, vulnerabilities caused by poverty, poor nutrition, weak healthcare systems, crowded settlements, and inadequate access to clean water and sanitation are likely to lead to higher death tolls, offsetting the demographic age advantage.” READ MORE

6/30/20: Malaria elimination at risk as Ghana economy improves (science and development network)

“In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, where lockdowns have limited access to health facilities and preventive malaria interventions have been interrupted, there is a risk that the recent progress made by Ghana in the fight against malaria will be reversed.” READ MORE

6/30/20: Red Cross molecular lab can test other infectious diseases, says Gordon (manila bulletin – philippines)

“The primary purpose why [the Philippines Red Cross] put up molecular laboratories is that [the Philippines Red Cross] wants to help the country respond to COVID-19 by providing facilities where our people can be tested. But soon, we will also start testing for other diseases, [such as tuberculosis, HIV, dengue, malaria, hepatitis, leptospirosis and Zika.]” READ MORE

6/29/20: Sierra Leone tackling malaria amidst COVID-19 outbreak response (world health organization africa)

“‘A special strategy was needed to carry out the distribution of the [4.6 million] bed nets in these COVID-19 hotspot communities. Safety of the frontline personnel implementing the interventions and safety of the beneficiaries was carefully thought out to mitigate people getting infected with COVID-19 in the process of protecting them from malaria,’ says Evans Liyosi, WHO Country Representatives in Sierra Leone.”  READ MORE

6/29/20: Will the U.S. Congress Rise to the Moment and Save Lives? Or Will They Let COVID-19 Roll Back Years of Fragile Gains Against HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria? (health gap)

“HIV, TB, and malaria are global emergencies that kill 2.8 million people per year – a staggering loss of life that nevertheless represents progress from the worst days of the pandemics. COVID-19 is threatening to roll the clock back to the peak of the epidemics, before PEPFAR and the Global Fund existed, before the current life-saving antiretroviral treatment regimens existed, to the days when an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence.” READ MORE

6/29/20: COVID-19 and HIV: What You Need to Know (poz)

“Jeff Taylor, a longtime treatment activist and advocate for long-term survivors, is working on a study that aims to follow a cohort of HIV-positive and…HIV-negative people age 50 or older to see who [contracts] the coronavirus, what kind of immune responses they mount and what the course of disease looks like over time. An important part of that will be studying the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 to see if this triggers posttraumatic stress disorder from the AIDS pandemic…and how well people cope.” READ MORE

6/29/20: COVID-19 and Food Security: Crisis Within a Crisis (borgen magazine)

“In developing countries where people already deal with common diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and diarrhea, quality nutrition is vitally important. Worldwide, there were an estimated 150 million children suffering from malnutrition before COVID-19. Additional studies show that nutrition is vital to the successful functioning of one’s immune system, especially when combating COVID-19 and other diseases.” READ MORE

6/29/20: MOZAMBIQUE: Situation report (united nations office for coordination of humanitarian affairs)

“Prior to COVID-19, multiple disease outbreaks—including cholera and malaria—were already stretching Mozambique’s weak health systems and 94 health centers were damaged during the cyclones. Critical services—such as sexual and reproductive health care, immunization activities and continuity of care for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and cholera—are expected to be disrupted as resources shift to the COVID-19 response, potentially increasing maternal and infant deaths.” READ MORE

6/29/20: The real impact of COVID-19 on emerging markets (pharmaphorum)

“With scarce government resources channeled into testing and treatment of COVID-19, longstanding challenges such as tackling diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis (TB), malaria and AIDS are at risk of being neglected. Together with respiratory tract infections, these conditions normally account for more than 90% of deaths in emerging nations” READ MORE

6/29/20: COVID-19: Overcoming the challenge of community transmission (the cable – nigeria)

“A good number of gene-expert test machines that were previously being used to test for tuberculosis have now been converted to test for COVID-19 infections in some [Nigerian] government hospitals.” READ MORE

6/28/20: Canada pledges $300 million to address humanitarian concerns of COVID-19 abroad (canadian broadcasting corportion)

“International Development Minister of Canada Karina Gould has repeatedly stressed that Canadians’ safety is linked to the success of stamping out COVID-19 abroad, and that there can be no rolling back of existing spending, or else there could be new flare-ups of preventable diseases such as tuberculosis, polio and malaria.” READ MORE

6/28/20: covid-19 could roll back gains made in hiv fight (the standard – kenya)

“Currently, [UNAIDS is] looking at two colliding pandemics, (HIV and COVID-19), and we are responding by giving advice to governments on their responses. In at least 11 countries UNAIDS is leading the UN system on the task force on COVID-19. We advise governments that the COVID-19 response must be multi-sectoral because a pandemic isn’t just a health issue.” READ MORE

6/26/20: Coronavirus accelerates in Africa as economic damage deepens (axios)

“If health care doesn’t continue to provide the essential gains that have been provided over the last decade, you could see as many as 10 times as many deaths from malaria, tuberculosis and other infectious disease causes as from COVID even in a large COVID outbreak, Tom Frieden, former CDC director, warns.” READ MORE

6/25/20: Death, debt and opportunity: cost of COVID-19 in Africa (Institute for security studies)

“With Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from 2014 to 2016, resources diverted from basic health care prompted increases in malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB and maternal mortality. If the same happens with COVID-19, then HIV, TB and malaria deaths may increase by up to 36% in Africa over five years.” READ MORE

6/25/20: Coronavirus fears leave pregnant papua new guinea women at risk despite nation’s low infection rate (abc news – australia)

“ChildFund said the treatment and management of the disease amid the coronavirus pandemic was a major concern. It is said some rural health facilities [in Papua New Guinea] had already halted some tuberculosis treatment services because staff lacked training on how to manage COVID-19 cases and tuberculosis had similar symptoms to coronavirus.” READ MORE

6/25/20: Mumbai can see flattening of COVID curve by mid-July, normalcy of life by August: Health expert (economic times – india)

“In the coming days, we are going to face another challenge for COVID-19 treatment as we will have patients suffering from fever due to malaria, dengue or other monsoon related diseases. And then, it will be more difficult to segregate COVID and non-COVID patients.” READ MORE

6/25/20: Germany ramps up its contribution to the HIV response with an extra €20 million to UNAIDS (unaids)

“Modelling suggests that an unmitigated six-month interruption of HIV services due to COVID-19 could double AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, setting the clock on AIDS-related deaths in the region back to 2008, and could increase new pediatric HIV infections by up to 162%.” READ MORE

6/25/20: Ensuring continuity of tuberculosis care during the covid-19 crisis (the british medical journal)

“Despite rising case numbers, many countries are now starting to ease lockdowns and restrictions. This will result in a large surge of people seeking care after weeks of deferring medical consultations. They will present with more advanced TB disease for two reasons: long delays in diagnosis of undiagnosed patients and interrupted treatment for those who had TB when lockdowns were imposed.” READ MORE

6/25/20: COVID-19 Could Cause a Shortage of HIV Meds This Summer (unaids)

“The UNAIDS report flagged six pharmaceutical ingredients that are in high demand for HIV generic meds and are at greater risk for shortages. UNAIDS recommends that governments and suppliers take steps now to ensure a steady supply of meds.” READ MORE

6/24/20: The pandemic could erase 20 years of progress against tuberculosis, H.I.V. and malaria, an NGO warns (the new york times)

“In low-income nations, the pandemic may erase 20 years of hard-fought progress against tuberculosis, H.I.V. and malaria, diseases that together claim more than 2.4 million lives each year.” READ MORE

6/24/20: Fight against malaria, TB and HIV hit as resources diverted to Covid-19, survey shows (The Daily telegraph – United Kingdom)

“The survey shows that HIV and TB laboratory services are under huge pressure, with 20 per cent experiencing high or very high levels of disruption with many now focused on testing for COVID-19.” READ MORE

6/24/20: Global Fund COVID-19 Report: Deaths from HIV, TB and Malaria Could Almost Double in 12 Months Unless Urgent Action is Taken (yahoo finance)

“[The Global Fund] estimates that approximately US$28.5 billion is required for the next 12 months to adapt HIV, TB and malaria programs to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, to train and protect health workers, to reinforce systems for health so they do not collapse, and to respond to COVID-19 itself, particularly through testing, tracing and isolation and by providing treatments as they become available (this does not include the cost of a vaccine).” READ MORE

6/24/20: IdeaStream 2020 goes virtual (mirage news)

“Prior to the pandemic, the Hadley D. Sikes Lab had developed immunoassays using engineered binding proteins that successfully identified markers for malaria, tuberculosis, and dengue. Now they have applied that technology to develop a rapid COVID-19 diagnostic test. The paper-based tests would be easily administered by anyone, with results expected within 10 minutes.” READ MORE

6/24/20: Global Fund COVID-19 Report – Deaths From HIV, TB and Malaria Could Almost Double in 12 Months Unless Urgent Action Is Taken (all africa)

“The Global Fund estimates that countries affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria urgently need US$28.5 billion to protect the extraordinary progress achieved in the fight against the three diseases in the past two decades.” READ MORE

6/24/20: UNAIDS Executive Director sets out HIV/COVID-19 landscape at opening of PCB meeting (unaids)

“Even before COVID-19 [UNAIDS was] not on track to meet our targets for 2020. Now the COVID-19 crisis risks blowing us way off course. As a Joint Program, we must address the deeper challenges to recover from this crisis to beat both pandemics and foster safe, equitable and resilient societies,” [said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS].” READ MORE

6/23/20: Quarantine is key to stemming the Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s not easy, says deputy health minister Joe Phaahla (daily maverick – south africa)

“The surge plan involves deploying 10,000 volunteers to screen 1.6 million households in the province, with 100 doctors working closely with 1,000 nurses in communities. Professional nurses will be assigned to community healthcare workers to support them. They are all being provided with equipment to also test blood pressure, TB and malaria.” READ MORE

6/23/20: National Budget 2020/21: Where Will Rwanda Spend The Money? (kt press)

“Dr. Ndagijimana said that a portion of the money [from the national budget] will go towards continuing awareness campaigns and prevention measures against the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic as well as treatment for tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Some 61 billion [Rwandan francs] will go into sustaining the fight against malaria and other epidemic diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis.” READ MORE

6/23/20: Joining forces to prevent 1.4 million TB deaths (jakarta post – indonesia)

“It is estimated that globally, a three-month lockdown and a protracted 10-month restoration period could lead to an additional 6.3 million people falling ill with TB and an additional 1.4 million TB deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic between 2020 and 2025. This would result in a setback of at least five to eight years in the fight against TB, bringing global TB incidence and deaths to levels not seen since 2013 or 2016.” READ MORE

6/23/20: National Budget 2020/21: Where Will Rwanda Spend The Money? (kt press)

“Dr. Ndagijimana said that a portion of the money [from the national budget] will go towards continuing awareness campaigns and prevention measures against the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic as well as treatment for tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Some 61 billion [Rwandan francs] will go into sustaining the fight against malaria and other epidemic diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis.” READ MORE

6/23/20: Indonesia children at risk as COVID-19 disrupts vaccination drive (al jazeera)

“More than 80 percent of inoculation programs in Indonesia have been disrupted by COVID-19, and the government says it is trying to get them back on track, with the health ministry advising provinces on how to continue vaccinating, safely. But even a brief pause in these essential programs could put millions of children’s lives at risk.” READ MORE

6/23/20: At ASM Microbe, White House’s Deborah Birx Urges COVID-19 Test Pooling and Community Outreach (360 dx)

“Deborah Birx: I have always found that if the community is informed about the science, and understands why it is important, the community will respond to that knowledge and stop pandemics. We’ve seen it with TB, HIV, malaria, and Ebola — an informed community is a protected community.” READ MORE

6/22/20: Poverty Dramatically Increases COVID-19 Death Risk, Researchers Say (voa news)

“’HIV-, TB- and malaria-related deaths over the next five years in high burden settings may be increased by up to 10, 20 and 36 respectively,’ Peter Winskill of Imperial College London said.” READ MORE

6/22/20: COVID-19 could affect the availability and cost of antiretroviral medicines, but the risks can be mitigated (unaids)

“The production of antiretroviral medicines has been affected by several factors. Air and sea transport is being severely curtailed, hampering the distribution of the raw materials and other products…that pharmaceutical companies need to manufacture the medicines. Physical distancing and lockdowns are also restricting the levels of human resources available in manufacturing facilities. The combined result of shortages of materials and workforces could lead to supply issues and pressure on prices in the coming months, with some of the regimens for first-line treatment and those for children projected to be the severest hit.” READ MORE

6/20/20: Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing In Containment Zones, Hospitals: ICMR To States (business world – india)

“Rapid antigen-based detection assays have been used successfully for early diagnosis of diseases like Malaria, Leishmania, viral and bacterial respiratory infections etc. Such tests can be used as point of care diagnostics in field settings and have minimal biosafety and biosecurity requirements. In view of this, [Indian Council of Medical Research] had been exploring alternate quick and reliable options for diagnosis of COVID-19.” READ MORE

6/20/20: Watch: ‘Stringent lockdowns alone are not the solution’ says WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan (Scroll – india)

“Apart from dealing with COVID-19, people are getting infected with other diseases. Babies are being born, children have to be immunized and antenatal care has to be provided. Tuberculosis hasn’t gone anywhere, and neither has malaria, it’s even more important now that we don’t forget about all of those things that have traditionally killed millions of people every year, particularly in the lower-income countries.” READ MORE

6/19/20: Coronavirus: Why renewed focus on excess mortality could pose a challenge for India (Scroll – india)

“National Health Mission data point to a significant disruption in health services, including for potentially life-threatening conditions such as cancer and tuberculosis. These patients will have experienced a severe degeneration in their conditions, including those with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, tuberculosis and heart disease. The health outcomes of such patients could increase overall mortality.” READ MORE

6/19/20: Lockdown impacting on HIV prevention programme for adolescent girls and young women (daily maverick – south africa)

“Under Levels 5 and 4 of South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown regulations, adolescent girls and young women aged 14 to 24 years could not meet face-to-face in specially created safe spaces with counsellors, as part of a combination HIV intervention program. This [circumstance] has meant opportunities to encourage them to begin taking and adhering to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV were lost, putting them at higher risk of HIV infection.” READ MORE

6/19/20: The Latest: Portugal lashes out over EU virus restrictions (wboc news)

“RBM Partnership to End Malaria says there is an immediate need for another 105 million rapid testing kits for malaria this year. It says the COVID-19 pandemic and demand for testing kits and potential drugs is creating shortages and price increases of malaria testing kits and “active pharmaceutical ingredients” used in malaria medicines.” READ MORE

6/18/20: Welcoming early results on use of dexamethasone in sickest COVID-19 patients, WHO warns it’s ‘no cure-all’ (UN NEWS)

“While COVID-19 is touching every corner of the world, Mr. Tedros stressed the need to remain focused as well on essential public health concerns such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS.” READ MORE

6/18/20: Covid-19 remains on focus; Treatment of TB, AIDS, malaria and child health loses priority (the policy times)

“According to the reports of Stop TB Partnership, during the lockdown period, there has been a 10% increase in TB deaths which means 1.4 million excess deaths.” READ MORE

6/18/20: How Covid is making it tougher to tackle TB, AIDS, malaria and child health (the print – india)

“A six-month interruption to the supply of antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa could lead to more than half a million excess deaths from HIV in 2020 alone.” READ MORE

6/17/20: COVID-19 disrupts essential health services in fragile settings; risks reversing health gains (world health organization)

“The disruption of routine health care services for a prolonged period may have a devastating impact, including: a 20% reduction in life-saving vaccination coverage…and a 13% increase in childhood mortality. A similar situation was also observed during the 2014–2015 outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Africa where analyses suggested that the increased number of deaths caused by measles, malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis attributable to health system failures exceeded deaths that were directly attributable to Ebola virus disease.” READ MORE

6/17/20: The other infectious diseases spreading in the shadow of the pandemic (Vox)

“But as [immunization] campaigns are paused or cut back and as people miss routine care due to the coronavirus pandemic, [infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, and polio] are getting a rare opportunity to come roaring back.” READ MORE

6/17/20: Understanding the Impact Of COVID-19 On Essential Medicine Supply Chains (Center for global development)

“The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a number of challenges that have led to shortages and price hikes, and could potentially fuel an epidemic of fake and substandard medicines, including: severe supply chain blocks caused by significant decreases in air cargo capacity, sea freight, and transport logistics; export restrictions by supplier countries related to both COVID-specific commodities, the slowdown in production of medicines in affected countries.” READ MORE

6/17/20: Global Fund Survey: Majority of HIV, TB and Malaria Programs Face Disruptions as a Result of COVID-19 (the global fund)

“…Deaths from HIV, TB and malaria could as much as double in the coming years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, wiping out many years of hard-fought gains, unless we can urgently provide health workers with the training, resources and protective equipment they need to safely continue their work.” READ MORE

6/17/20: HIV patients fail to access ARVs (the herald – zimbabwe)

“Patients cannot afford the high cost of drugs in these COVID-19 times where supplies from pharmacies cost US $25.” READ MORE

6/16/20: Timely diagnosis is critical in healthcare (business daily)

“During this pandemic, there is a great need for policymakers in health to ensure that they strike a balance between the health response to COVID-19 with the need for continuous delivery of other health services such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, HIV, diabetes, respiratory illnesses like TB and other critical healthcare services amongst the entire population.” READ MORE

6/16/20: Compulsory licensing in COVID-19: Does it differ from the global HIV/AIDS pandemic? (times now – india)

“AbbVie voluntarily decided it would not enforce its global patent rights on Kaletra, [an antiretroviral approved for treatment of HIV], thus allowing countries to purchase generics of the drug if the drug is effective for COVID-19.” READ MORE

6/15/20: Virtual Hearing on the Impact of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa (united states house intelligence committee)

During a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Chairman Adam Schiff asked Amb. Thomas-Greenfield to explain how COVID-19 is affecting HIV and malaria around the world. Amb. Thomas-Greenfield noted that individuals have changed their health-seeking behavior to limit hospitals visits, even when ill. In addition, Amb. Thomas-Greenfield mentioned that “many HIV patients have been unable to retrieve their antiretroviral medications due to COVID. ” VIRTUAL HEARING

6/15/20: drc: covid-19 continues to spread, with potentially deadly secondary impacts (médecins sans frontières)

“Many people fear they will be infected with the virus by going to health facilities deemed under-equipped with [PPE], or they fear being isolated and stigmatized for a long time due to the delays in obtaining test results. This situation affects the care of sick people and the monitoring of their treatment, especially for conditions such as diabetes, tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS.” READ MORE

6/15/20: Covid-19 fuelling mother and child mortality rates (hindustan times – india)

“During the monsoons, there is a rise in malaria and vaccine-preventable diarrhea, pneumonia and measles, which are the biggest cause of under-5 deaths in India. If childhood vaccines are missed, [infant mortality rate], malnutrition and stunting will rise and prevent India from meeting its Sustainable Development Goal of bringing IMR down to 25 or less by 2030.” READ MORE

6/14/20: Health minister explains Uganda’s false COVID positives (the observer – uganda)

“The number of diagnosed and treated malaria cases [in Uganda] increased by 56 per cent between January and April 2020 compared to the same period last year.” READ MORE

6/13/20: Pandemic Perspective: What The 20 Poorest And Richest Countries Spend On Health Care (capital public radio)

“People will drastically reduce their use of very important measures that are available to address other causes of disease and mortality. They will stop getting immunized because they’re afraid to go to the clinic. They will stop getting more treatment for tuberculosis, malaria, [HIV] or other problems that are prevalent.” READ MORE

6/13/20: Reason for hope as Africa responds to the Covid 19 pandemic-research (independent online – south africa)

“It is estimated that about 769,000 people could die from malaria alone if funding and campaigns are suspended due to this COVID-19 pandemic.” READ MORE

6/13/20: Tata Trusts-backed India Health Fund to promote start-ups developing means to fight diseases like COVID-19 (businesss today – india)

“We were so far concentrating on malaria and tuberculosis and will soon work with the government agencies, national and international foundations and private corporations to raise funds targeting a corpus of about [20 billion rupees] in the coming years to invest in technologies related to infectious diseases like COVID-19. “READ MORE

6/12/20: History of insightful HIV research inspires neutron scattering approach to studying COVID-19 (oak ridge national laboratory)

“The protease enzymatic activity that enables HIV to reproduce…is the same replication mechanism employed by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. Now, a team [of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory] has shifted the focus of the experimental approach they intended to use to study HIV to combat the new global threat.” READ MORE

6/12/20: Malaria May Still Be 2020’s Biggest Killer (Foreign policy)

“…Disruptions to malaria prevention and treatment caused by the coronavirus could see malaria deaths double this year. The increase alone—estimated at the worst case to be 369,000—would almost equal the current confirmed death toll of COVID-19. With peak malaria season rapidly approaching in major malaria-endemic countries, the window of time in which to avoid disaster is rapidly closing.” READ MORE

6/12/20: Service Members at 2 U.S. Embassies Aid in Protective Equipment Transfer (United states dept. of defense)

“Together, we are working to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people who are most vulnerable to contracting this disease and to preserve the advances Eswatini has made in the fight against HIV and AIDS.” READ MORE

6/11/20: Why South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak could be a ‘catalyst for transformation’ (national geographic)

“For years, South Africa’s public health-care sector has tried to integrate its relatively well-resourced but stand-alone HIV and TB programs with its under-resourced general health services. The coronavirus crisis could be a catalyst for this transformation.” READ MORE

6/11/20: Kenya’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 92 after 3 new fatalities (Daily nation – kenya)

“The Health ministry said it needed funds to manage cancer and hypertension, infectious diseases such as TB, epidemics such as malaria, and carry out immunization programmes.” READ MORE

6/11/20: ODISHA TO CONDUCT STATE-WIDE DOOR-TO-DOOR SURVEILLANCE CAMPAIGN AGAINST COVID-19 (NDTV – INDIA)

“As the next few weeks are critical in controlling the spread of coronavirus as well as monsoon-induced communicable diseases, the [Odisha] Health Department will conduct a campaign for active surveillance against COVID-19, co-morbidities, TB, malaria and diarrhea,” READ MORE

6/11/20: Cost, benefits of fighting COVID-19 (Graphic – ghana)

“Models show that along with limiting COVID-19 deaths, moderate social distancing will also improve treatment of some diseases, such as, HIV, but reduce the effectiveness of other treatments, such as, those for malaria and tuberculosis.” READ MORE

6/10/20: Nigeria to cut healthcare spending by 40% despite coronavirus cases climbing (the guardian)

“Funding for local, primary healthcare services will be cut by more than 40% this year in a revised budget expected to be passed into law in the coming weeks. The proposed cuts could affect immunizations, childcare, maternal healthcare and family planning services.” READ MORE

6/10/20: People with HIV, TB have twice the risk of death from coronavirus, report finds (The globe and mail)

“Overall, people with HIV or TB had a two or three times higher risk of dying from the coronavirus, the report suggested. But [the report] cautioned that it is difficult to disentangle the various risk factors that can combine to affect deaths, especially those such as obesity and poverty, where data is lacking.” READ MORE | PRESENTATION

6/10/20: ‘Flying blind’: Doctors race to understand what COVID-19 means for people with HIV (stat news)

“Drs. Cachay and Shapiro are leading a team examining the records of people living with HIV who have also had COVID-19. They plan to add coronavirus antibody testing to upcoming patient appointments so they can include in their study people who had asymptomatic or mild cases of the disease without knowing they were sick. READ MORE

6/9/20: Covid-like pandemics cast shadow on developing medicines for children (Business Line – India)

“Pandemics like the coronavirus COVID-19 disrupt even basic services and supply of treatments for many diseases including HIV, malaria and TB, with a consequent impact on mortality and infection rates.” READ MORE

6/9/20: In Kenya, A Chance to See Communities Confront COVID-19 (LinkedIn)

“[Community health workers] integrate COVID-19 related health messages to their malaria briefings in their visits to communities [in Homa Bay].” READ MORE

6/8/20: Rural India and coronavirus: Non-COVID patients suffer as healthcare services disrupted (CNBC Tv18)

“Health experts have been pointing to the negative impact of lockdown and government’s narrow approach to divert all health resources on controlling COVID-19 on other diseases and illnesses, such as TB, AIDS, and malaria. TB in particular requires regular medication, constant follow-ups and diagnosis.” READ MORE

6/7/20: Coronavirus disrupts HIV prevention efforts in Africa (The east african)

“Health workers and sex workers…came up with creative ways to ensure registered HIV patients continue receiving drugs: Home deliveries using bikes, multi-month refills. But HIV testing, PrEP, drop-in centres for vulnerable groups and medical male circumcision, were scaled back and sometimes closed completely — all of which are vital in detecting and preventing new infections.” READ MORE

6/7/20: Key populations abandoned as COVID-19 crackdowns undo Africa’s HIV efforts (Daily Monitor – Uganda)

“Uganda’s ban on public gatherings ruled out health talks for sex workers, fisher folk and other at-risk groups. When transport was prohibited, except for cargo trucks, most organizations grounded their health outreach teams.” READ MORE

6/6/20: How The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Impacted International Research Programs: A Personal Perspective (FORBES)

“We have already been asked to make provision for dealing with a 25% decrease in our budget due to funding redirection. This will have the impact of closures of some of our clinics and not being able to reach as many people for HIV prevention and care services.” READ MORE

6/5/20: COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa Threatens HIV Population (BORGEN)

“They caution global COVID-19 relief teams working in [Sub-Saharan Africa] to prepare for higher morbidity and mortality rates due to the already HIV-endemic setting.” READ MORE

6/4/20: COVID-19: “It was never an option for us to drop our regular medical services” (Medecins sans frontieres)

“In our HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis C and non-communicable disease projects in countries as diverse as South Africa, Ukraine, Pakistan and Cambodia, we have reduced routine consultations and distributed essential drugs to patients for longer periods (one to six months depending on the person’s health condition) so that they do not have to visit a health facility as often.” READ MORE

6/2/20: 6,000 children could die daily over Covid-19 impact (Daily nation – kenya)

“Global disruption of essential maternal and child health interventions such as immunization, family planning, birth and postnatal care could lead to an additional 1.2 million deaths of under-fives in just six months.” READ MORE

6/2/20: Coronavirus Crisis Update: South Africa’s Difficult Truth (Center for strategic & international studies)

“Professor Salim Abdool Karim…surveys acute vulnerabilities of those living with HIV and TB… [during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa].” READ MORE

6/2/20: Africa’s sick get sicker as serious ailments are ignored in Covid-19 pandemic (Business Day – South Africa)

“In South Africa, which has the world’s largest HIV epidemic and 300,000 people with tuberculosis, fear of the coronavirus has emptied hospitals. Although clinics remain open, the number tested for TB has dropped by half, and HIV testing is down a quarter since the national lockdown began on March 27.” READ MORE

6/2/20: Kenyans Living Beyond Their 60s, Shows Report (All Africa)

“…Gains in the fight against malaria may be reversed during this COVID-19 crisis due to an overall shortage of services, while prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, have also been affected.” READ MORE

6/2/20: Just 6 years after Ebola killed more than 11,000 people, West African nations are bracing for a coronavirus spike (Business Insider)

“”People get scared not to go to the different health centers. They maybe might not be suffering from COVID-19 itself — it might be malaria, it might be HIV, it might be tuberculosis— and sometimes you find out when they rush with the child to the hospital that sometimes it’s already late.” READ MORE

6/2/20: In Peru’s Amazon, the church fills COVID-19 aid void for indigenous people (The New Humanitarian)

“Indigenous people…are at particular risk because they already suffer from high rates of food insecurity and non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes. [Indigenous people] are also affected by tuberculosis and tropical diseases like malaria and dengue. A severe outbreak of dengue last year strained the resources of hospitals in Peru’s Amazonian region, and there are still cases in some communities that must now deal with COVID-19.” READ MORE

6/1/20: HIV burden makes Homa Bay vulnerable to Covid-19, says MP (The Star – Kenya)

“MP Martin Owino said HIV patients are immuno-suppressed and could lose their lives should they contract the coronavirus.” READ MORE

6/1/20: Lockdown worsens plight of HIV, tuberculosis patients (DAILY MONITOR – UGANDA)

“Coronavirus has worsened the plight of people living with HIV/AIDS. Hunger has led to poor adherence to treatment. We have a number of patients who are in dire need.” READ MORE

6/1/20: India is Reporting Lesser Tuberculosis Deaths Owing to Diversion of Resources to COVID-19 Mitigation Programs (The New Leam)

“During the lockdown, reporting and documenting of deaths related to TB has been on a decline and this has not allowed us to [assess the] real extent of the problem. This lag in data collection and assimilation [is] to be blamed as one of the core reasons why there seems to be a steady decrease in the number of tuberculosis related deaths.” READ MORE

May 2020: Focus on COVID-19 (The Global Fund)

“The COVID-19 pandemic threatens us all and could destroy years of progress against HIV, TB and malaria.” READ MORE

5/31/20: HIV Cure Research Has Slowed, But Still Progresses (Contagion)

“Scientists conducting research on an HIV vaccine cure…have been repurposed and put to work researching promising therapies and vaccine candidates for the novel coronavirus. I don’t see much happening [with HIV research] until we get the COVID-19 [vaccine]” READ MORE

5/27/20: Continuing essential service delivery in a pandemic: HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria solutions in action (PATH)

“HIV, TB, and malaria service delivery platforms are being leveraged to support the COVID-19 response while mitigating its impact on delivery of essential health services and protecting frontline health care providers.” READ MORE

5/27/20: Coronavirus hampers Africa’s fight against malaria, TB (Deutsche Welle)

“African countries have imposed tough measures against COVID-19. But it may come at the cost of other untreated diseases such as malaria and AIDS.” READ MORE

5/21/20: How coronavirus lockdowns stopped flu in its tracks (Nature)

“The international organization the Stop TB Partnership released a report in May estimating that a 3-month lockdown and a 10-month period of recovery would cause an additional 1.37 million deaths [from TB] globally during the next 5 years.” READ MORE

5/21/20: Lockdown Fears for Key Populations (The Lancet HIV)

“With much of the world’s population under COVID-19 lockdown, curfews, and travel restrictions, access to HIV testing and treatment services is a significant concern for people with HIV and those who provide care.” READ MORE

5/21/20: Uganda women fear food shortages will make coronavirus and HIV a deadly mix (Thomas Reuters Foundation)

“HIV-positive women in Uganda fear for their health as food shortages leave them unable to take medication.” READ MORE

5/21/20: WHO Predicts COVID-19 Will Take Heavy Toll in Africa (US News)

“[COVID-19] related increases in hospital care would divert already scarce resources for major health problems in Africa — such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and malnutrition — which would worsen the impact of the new coronavirus, the study warns.” READ MORE

5/20/20: COVID-19 & PEPFAR: Implications for the Future (KFF)

“COVID-19 has the potential to deeply impact PEPFAR countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa and, as such, affect PEPFAR’s future trajectory.” READ MORE

5/20/20: How Have Organizations Adapted Their HIV Interventions During COVID-19? (Frontline AIDS)

“Together with experts from across the Frontline AIDS partnership we explored the changing needs of marginalised people, followed by a live discussion with people from communities affected by the pandemic.” READ MORE

5/20/20: COVID-19: Lockdown takes heavy toll on SA’s TB response (Spotlight)

“As South Africa nears day 55 of its COVID-19 lockdown, a new modelling study by the Stop TB Partnership suggests that the longer countries spend under lockdown, the more tuberculosis (TB) cases and deaths the world could see.” READ MORE

5/19/20: Almost 11,000 HIV-positive patients in Gauteng, South Africa have skipped ARV collection during lockdown (Sowetan Live)

“The Gauteng health department on Tuesday said it was trying to trace thousands of TB and HIV-positive patients who have failed to collect their medication since the start of the lockdown on March 27 2020.” READ MORE

5/19/20: The high possible cost of COVID-19 on new HIV infections among children (UNAIDS)

New modeling has shown that the COVID-19 pandemic could have a major impact on new HIV infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa.” READ MORE

5/17/20: COVID-19 Outbreak in Nigeria Is Just One of Africa’s Alarming Hot Spots (New York Times)

“Dozens of doctors are infected and gravediggers are overwhelmed in Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest city, where inaction led to an unchecked outbreak. Across Africa, other hot spots are emerging.” READ MORE

5/17/20: Leading South Africa Health Experts Warn That COVID-19 Response is Hurting Other Health Priorities (GroundUp)

“Children are suffering increasingly from preventable infectious diseases, including TB and measles, due to missed vaccinations.” READ MORE

5/16/20: Over 145 TB patients die in Agra without treatment during lockdown (India Today)

“Over 145 tuberculosis patients have died in the past 54 days in Agra. The toll is more than six times the usual number of deaths from TB in the city.” READ MORE

5/14/20: COVID-19 likely to undo HIV/AIDS Gains (Daily Nation)

KENYA – “Due to stigma, many HIV clients choose to register for ARVs at public facilities that are far from their areas of residence. A number of health facilities have recorded a drastic reduction in the number of people showing up to collect their drug supplies.” READ MORE

5/12/20: Is COVID-19 making it harder to treat other diseases in Africa? (Al Jazeera)

“The coronavirus pandemic is putting enormous strain on health systems worldwide. In some countries, that means resources are being diverted from other treatments. Patients with illnesses such as HIV, tuberculosis or malaria risk having their treatment interrupted.” READ MORE

5/12/20: Watch: UNAIDS director warns of ‘colliding epidemics’ (Devex)

“Saying “the virus has found a very unequal world,” UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima warned that COVID-19 will hurt the most vulnerable, including people living with HIV.” READ MORE

5/11/20: AIDS, TB And Malaria Set To Get Deadlier Due To Coronavirus (Forbes)

“The ‘Big Three’ are predicted to get bigger. AIDS, TB and malaria are predicted to kill many more in the coming months and years. COVID-19 could potentially double the number of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020 when compared with 2018.” READ MORE

5/11/20: AIDs deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa due to COVID-19 (RFI)

“The number of deaths from AIDS-related illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa could double if the provision of healthcare to HIV sufferers is disrupted during the coronavirus crisis, the United Nations said Monday.” READ MORE

5/10/20: Impact of COVID-19 Intervention on TB Testing in South Africa (National Institute for Communicable Diseases – South Africa)

“The COVID-19 level 5 restrictions has resulted in a ~ 48% average weekly decrease in TB Xpert testing volumes while, the number of TB positive declined by 33%.” READ MORE

5/8/20: Coronavirus pandemic could contribute to surge of other deadly diseases, experts warn (CNN)

“Cases of malaria, HIV/AIDS and other diseases could surge worldwide in coming months as global health systems rally to battle the coronavirus pandemic, global health experts tell CNN.” READ MORE