Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Goosby gives PEPFAR update to ID docs in Vancouver

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Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby, MD, gave a plenary talk to a packed audience at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America entitled HIV/AIDS- Response to an Epidemic, Implications for Global Health.  There was little news in his address as he spelled out the accomplishments to date of the U.S. President’s Emergency […]

The Power of PEPFAR

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AIDS mortality in South Africa has seen an observed decrease at the population level from 2006-09 — the first time since the epidemic began, according to Jeffrey Klausner, MD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Pretoria. He presented on the impact of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) […]

Shortfall of Global Fund pledges imperils future scale up

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The outcome of the Global Fund Replenishment meeting this week disappointed many. While it appears that the Fund might have enough to finance Round Ten, the next round of grant making, it is hard to see how it will be able to approve new grants that gain the approval of the Technical Review Panel.  That means a massive slowdown in the pace of the expansion of health programs, unless more pledges come in, a situation that was discussed this week on NPR’s Tell Me More.

In the lead up to the meeting, advocates in developing countries put together a smart new video calling on the donors to keep their promises:

Since the Fund is the main source of funding to address TB, including drug-resistant TB, the shortfall is especially worrisome…

U.S. pledges $4 billion to Global Fund, pushes for reform

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In a much anticipated announcement during the Replenishment Conference in New York on Monday and Tuesday this week, the Obama Administration revealed a $4 billion pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years.

Ambassador Goosby prepares to testify last week at a hearing on PEPFAR in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby, MD, spoke to reporters Tuesday morning about the administration’s support for the Global Fund, emphasizing a firm call to action that the Fund make much-needed reforms to ensure investments and expanded ability to save lives.

“The $4 billion over three years represents a 38 percent increase over the preceding three years,” Goosby said. “That’s by far the biggest increase of any donor nation this year.”

Goosby outlined three goals for the U.S. pledge to the Global Fund that “would allow the Fund to do its job and do it better”…

Hearing rebuts myths about PEPFAR’s impact

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Critical questions surrounding the performance and future of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) were publicly aired last week at a full-committee House Foreign Affairs hearing. Government witnesses included U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby, MD; head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, MD; and Director of the […]