Monthly Archives: July 2013

Building drug detention center monitoring into Viet Nam’s grant terms, Global Fund takes step to address human rights concerns

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At what point does help become harm? And at what point can funders use their clout to stop harm? Those are  questions facing health and human rights donors giving aid to countries where the people at the highest risk of disease are further threatened by government laws and policies that sanction their detention, forced labor, […]

Statements and briefs bridge gap between what should be done and what must be done to turn the tide against AIDS together

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In the 12 months since the International AIDS Conference followed calls for an AIDS-free generation with a theme of “Turning the Tide Together,” two aspirational guides provided directions  for the way forward. First came the PEPFAR Blueprint, Creating an AIDS-free Generation , presented on the eve of the last World AIDS Day by then Secretary […]

Long road to effective TB treatment hits speed bumps: Regulatory refusal of one TB drug candidate, stalled progress on another

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Momentum toward gathering an effective arsenal of treatment for tuberculosis may have gathered speed in recent years, the 2013 Pipeline Report jointly released by the Treatment Action Group and HIV i-base in June pointed out, yet it falls far short of what people sick and infected with TB worldwide need now. Case in point, the […]

World Hepatitis Day brings progress, setbacks, protests, and a petition

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Sunday is World Hepatitis Day, and publications, protests and petitions are highlighting issues surrounding an epidemic traditionally shrouded in silence that affects more than 500 million people worldwide. The good news comes with Prevention and Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among People Who Inject Drugs: Moving the Agenda Forward, a supplement to Clinical Infectious […]

In a week of violent tragedy and proposed funding cuts, we’re reading why the clock is ticking on an international donor response to anti-gay laws and violence

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Realities in Global Treatment of HIV: A refreshing read on the heels of a series of global health funding proposals (from the President, from the Senate State and Foreign Operations subcommittee, from the House Appropriations Committee) that essentially tell global AIDS fighters “keep up the good work with less money,” this New York Times editorial […]

Murdered gay rights/HIV advocate and journalist documented deadly conditions

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At the end of a Senate briefing last week offering updates on science’s strides against HIV and AIDS worldwide, Dr. Chris Beyrer of John Hopkins University, and president-elect of the International AIDS Society offered a sobering counterpoint to the news of encouraging advances. “We’re not really there yet, for a group of people who are […]

House Appropriations votes FY14 global health funding: adds PEPFAR requirements, tops Obama and Senate subcommittee TB number

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With the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  facing a drop from fiscal year 2012 funding, the House Appropriations Committee added language from Rep. Barbara Lee to the funding bill it voted on today, requiring indicators to ensure that “country ownership” is pursued effectively and appropriately. The Committee proposed that three global health programs be […]

Senate follows House with President’s global HIV funding number, beats their TB number

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Today the Senate Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations followed the House’s example by adopting the President’s fiscal year 2014 funding request for global HIV/AIDS programs, allocating $4.02 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.  The bill also provides $330 […]

Looking for lasting impact, first Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership volunteers work with medical school faculties in Africa

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After a career as cardiologist and teacher, Stephen Humphrey had retired  when he discovered first-hand the dire need for medical school instructors in a resource-poor country. A career as a registered nurse providing psychotherapy gave Nancy Remington a chance to see strides in treatment and acceptance of psychiatric illnesses. Then she saw a chance to […]

House meets President’s budget request for global AIDS, slashes international, family planning aid

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The funding bill for fiscal year 2014 that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations voted on today met the President’s request for global HIV/AIDS programs, while dramatically slashing other international aid programs.  Overall the full State and Foreign Operations allocation is 19 percent below current levels and the President’s request. The full […]