Daily Archives: July 26, 2012

HIV/AIDS funding reality check: Tanzanias of the world can’t do it alone

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In Tanzania, an east African country home to 46.2 million people where the national HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is 5.7 percent, the domestic HIV/AIDS response accounts for 10 percent of the national budget, or about $20 million per year. Sixty-five percent of government funding finances antiretroviral therapy (ART). Still, there is a gap of financing of […]

The future of the AIDS response: A fragile affair

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“The 1,200 wealthiest people in the world have about $4.2 trillion in wealth,” said Kent Buse, a senior advisor on policy and strategy at UNAIDS. If that super elite group contributed 0.1 percent of their wealth, he said, it would pay for all of global health. Buse opened what was a sobering discussion about the […]

Kenyan mentor mother: “We don’t believe in making poor people volunteer”

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Jackline Odongo is a Kenyan single mother, “living positively with HIV,” as she puts it, raising a healthy, HIV negative daughter. Her story spells out the magnitude of that accomplishment. She told it Thursday at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, during a session titled “Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress against AIDS and Key Challenges.” The challenges […]

On the sidelines: Bill Frist on bipartisanship

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Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican and a practicing physician, doesn’t return much to Washington. But he came for three days of the International AIDS Conference to talk about the importance of winning bipartisan support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Frist, along with Senators John Kerry and Jesse Helms, […]