Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Emanuel examines new HIV prevention program

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Dr. Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, MD Ph.D, Special Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, is currently on a two-week trip to Africa to look at various health programs. Earlier this week, he and other US officials visited an HIV prevention program in Mojo, Ethiopia, called the TransACTION project, a five-year, $40 million USAID-funded initiative that started last year. Led by Save the Children, with technical assistance by AED and PSI, the project will eventually bring an assortment of HIV prevention tactics into 110 urban and roadside communities in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya. This is the second of a two-part interview with John Donnelly. In this post, Emanuel talks about the importance of matching prevention tools with the specific dynamic of HIV transmission in a community.

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) […]

What We’re Reading

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Dr. Sten H. Vermund – a member of the Center’s Scientific Advisory Board – released a new report in Current HIV/AIDS Reports this week on the significance, challenges and opportunities in combination HIV prevention strategies. He suggests that these “prevention packages” be scaled up and their effectiveness evaluated.

A Lancet article this week examines the Stop TB Partnership. The piece outlines challenges to tuberculosis control and proposes solutions.  It argues that treatment should be integrated into efforts to reduce poverty and treatment of other diseases that often co-exist with tuberculosis, and specific goals should be set to “inspire new partners to push for tuberculosis elimination.”

This week, the World Health Organization released its first report on neglected tropical diseases.  Erin Hohlfelder at the ONE blog has a good post on the significance of this publication, saying it is the end of “report neglect” on NTDs.

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…

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 […]