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Mandy Slutsker

Mandy Slutsker

Mandy Slutsker is a Senior Project Associate for ACTION, which she joined in April 2010 after completing her MPH in global health at The George Washington University.  Prior to joining the ACTION, Mandy served as a research fellow at BRAC University’s Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh. She also has a background in infectious disease and implemented biosecurity policy for high containment laboratories at the National Institutes of Health. Mandy has spent time in South Africa, where she attended the University of Cape Town and volunteered at an orphanage in Khayelitsha. Originally from Minnesota, Mandy now resides in Washington, DC where she remains committed to fighting disease and stigma and serves as an outreach volunteer with HIPS, a harm reduction organization that works with sex workers and injection drug users in DC. mslutsker@results.org

Follow her on Twitter at @Mandy4Action

Blog posts by Mandy Slutsker:
  • Posted on Mar 18, 2014  | 

    Diseases don’t respect borders. They don’t understand economic classifications, and they don’t care which political party is in power. Read more

  • Posted on Mar 05, 2014  | 

    In a world of 24 hour news cycles, the two weeks separating World TB Day and International Women's Day is an informational ocean. Read more

  • Posted on Oct 16, 2013  | 

    When notorious bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he simply said “because that’s where the money is.” Read more

  • Posted on Dec 12, 2012  | 

    Advocacy is part of all public health work. The sooner we realize this, the more effective we will be. Read more

  • Posted on Nov 13, 2012  | 

    Today, ACTION releases its second brief on children and tuberculosis, issuing recommendations for addressing this neglected epidemic. Read more

  • Posted on Mar 29, 2012  | 

    Last June Radut Stefan’s life turned upside-down. He became very ill, was forced to leave his job and delay his wedding. Stefan was diagnosed with multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB), which requires two years of treatment. He has endured terrible side effects from the medication in hopes of making a full recovery. Now he’s terrified it was all in vain. Read more

  • Posted on Mar 22, 2012  | 

    The round 11 cancellation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria drastically reduces the ability of recipient countries to maintain or scale up their programs against these diseases. Read more

  • Posted on Jan 27, 2012  | 

    Frequently asked questions about Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. Read more

  • Posted on Jan 27, 2012  | 

    I spend most of my day reading about TB. I go over statistics, case fatality rates, and co-infection with HIV. It’s easy to get lost in the numbers. But every so often I hear a story from someone with TB that shakes me to my core. The personal stories illustrate how devastating TB is for people and their families and remind me why I do what I do. No story is more heartbreaking than that of someone suffering from drug-resistant TB. Read more

  • Posted on Jan 13, 2012  | 

    Andrew Speaker caused an international incident in 2007 when he boarded an international flight while infected with XDR-TB, a form of tuberculosis resistant to most available drugs. It was terrifying to imagine what could have happened if the flight had taken off. Was there anything scarier than flying next to a person with extensively resistant TB? Read more

  • Posted on Oct 07, 2011  | 

    A few weeks ago, a teacher in Texas walked into a high school classroom with a cough. Now at least 128 students have tested positive for Tuberculosis (TB) - a disease that though curable still shockingly takes the lives of 1.7 million people a year. Read more

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2011  | 

    When I first began researching children and TB, I started with a simple question: how many children get sick with TB each year? The answer I got was shocking: “We’re not completely sure.” Read more

  • Posted on Aug 01, 2011  | 

    “We didn’t give up when we didn’t have the answers, so we can’t give up now that we do.” Regan Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief, POZ magazine. Read more

  • Posted on Jul 20, 2011  | 

    Diagnosing a child with TB is difficult - so difficult, in fact, that the vast majority of childhood TB cases go unreported. Most young children aren’t able to cough up the sputum (phlegm) needed to diagnose the disease, and the most widely used TB test only detects 10 to15 percent of childhood cases. But this may not be the case for much longer. Read more