Good news from the WHO this week: trials on three promising Ebola vaccines are being accelerated and we may just have one of them in the field as early as the first quarter of 2015. A vaccine with even limited efficacy would be welcome news indeed, particularly for the beleaguered healthcare workers, who continue to…

We are facing a global pandemic that will impact millions, with a devastatingly high mortality rate, no known cure, and a slow and embarrassingly inadequate international response. Sound familiar? Not so long ago these very terms were used to describe the HIV/AIDS pandemic. And now, only a few days ago Thomas Frieden, director of the…

So, we all agree: the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been lacking, to put it mildly (and some are not putting it so mildly). But this consensus might obscure an even more important conclusion: if the global community had kept their past commitments to Africa we wouldn’t be in the…

With Sub-Saharan Africa going into lockdown, we need to strengthen our communications strategies to deal with the ebola crisis. Confusion, anger and fear is growing. A lack of clear information and guidance is allowing panic to take hold and threatening to cripple the already fragile health care measures in place. There are reports of patients…

The ongoing ebola outbreak in Western Africa has the media in its grip. The stories of spreading doom continue to march across our screens. As the panic spreads, government and self-imposed travel restrictions are leaving many communities in Liberia and Sierra Leone vulnerable to shortages of food and other essential goods. Some are calling these…

All of us at North Star Alliance are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life following the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine yesterday. Several of our friends and colleagues were killed in the crash while en route to the International AIDS Society meeting in Melbourne, Australia. Their loss will…

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In September last year, we asked representatives from all three regions to define what made North Star people so special. They came up with four core qualities that make us stand out from the rest: People matter We treat everyone with respect and dignity We build relationships We believe in our peers and colleagues at…

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through 2014. There is so much going on at North Star Alliance at the moment that we’ve hardly have time to look at the calendar. Many of the exciting developments we’re now working on (and will soon be able to report on – stay tuned!) were set…

Seven years ago, HIV and AIDS were having a devastating impact on Africa’s truck drivers. Without access to health services along their routes, HIV was left unchecked, and, just like the goods drivers were transporting, able to move along corridors into communities across the continent. The impact of this was not only being felt by…

Dear Friends, This past week, our long-time partner ORTEC received the prestigious ‘Technology for Health’ Award, from the hands of Her Excellency Madam Ngema-Zuma, the First Lady of South Africa, as part of the Global Business Action on Health Awards for the support they’ve shown North Star in developing our electronic health passport system, “COMETS”….

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