Monthly Archives: January 2014

Nigeria Same Sex Marriage Prohibition law raises questions of donor response

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When, in early January, Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law, the legislation had been a subject of concern among global health and human rights actors for more than eight years. Now, however, consideration of how foreign donors financing HIV-fighting efforts in Nigeria willl respond seems to be just […]

CDC Global Health Security projects speed improvements to infectious disease responses

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MMWR reports: Six-month pilot efforts in Uganda, Vietnam brought measurable gains, pinpointed challenges Prompted by the emergence of new public health threats as well as the return of old ones in an era of unprecedented international trade and travel, the 2005 International Health Regulations established universal standards and systems to control infectious outbreaks worldwide. But, […]

Ukraine NGO crackdown raises questions on sustained HIV prevention, care among injecting drug users, other marginalized groups

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January 16 “Charter for Opression” shows precariousness of HIV response “partnerships” In April 2011, when Ambassador Eric Goosby made his first visit to Ukraine in his role of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, his previous work in HIV prevention, care and treatment through targeted interventions had already familiarized him with the country’s challenges. With the highest […]

Continued PEPFAR cuts will slow HIV treatment enrollment, reverse gains, postpone end of AIDS, global health advocacy leaders write

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That doesn’t have to happen, Health Affairs blog piece argues When lawmakers got together two months ago on the bipartisan, bicameral, unanimous passage of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, renewing authorization for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the future of support for the program that has saved the lives of millions of […]

GeneXpert use still hobbled by high pricing, Treatment Action Group, TB Community Advisory Board say

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Letter to Cepheid cites continued cost of machines, Russia, China cartridge costs of five to six times negotiated price, and more In the discouraging and growing landscape of drug-resistant tuberculosis, physicians, researchers and policy makers have noted, the launch of Cepheid’s GeneXpert MTB/RTF rapid TB diagnostic test has stood alone in both the progress against […]

“Country ownership” needs tweaking, circumcision data needs sharing, TB-stricken South African miners need justice . . . What else is new? We’re reading about unmet needs

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The good, the bad, and the uncomfortable in country ownership – This commentary in aidspan’s Global Fund Observer comes in the wake of Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan’s signature on the newest anti-gay law threatens the country’s HIV response, but that is only one in a series of problems, it shows, that defining “country ownership” as […]

With new HIV-linked gender analysis requirement, PEPFAR strategy confronts barriers of sexual “norms and expectations”

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President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Updated Gender Strategy lays out “Who, Why, What and How” of Gender and HIV, while gaps highlight divide between plan and practice The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Updated Gender Strategy begins with a notice of a new requirement, made prominent with upper-case letters, underlined and printed in red, […]

TB study cites urgent need for new treatments, while more emerges on big pharma campaign to cite threat to “continued investment”

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Examining rising rates of drug resistance accompanied by high rates of mortality that take a toll on the country’s most productive members, a Lancet article published online Friday highlights an imperative need for new drug treatments, along with more effective use of resources and policy to limit the spread of disease, The article, Long-term outcomes […]

Jim Kim: AIDS response set path for universal health care

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When Dr. Jim Kim, President of the World Bank, began advocating for universal access to HIV treatment for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable in 2000, he met a strange response, that he recounted this week. “People were angry that we were talking about treating people with HIV/AIDS,” he said. “It’s as if people were […]

South Africa’s IP policy object of U.S.-based “Campaign to Prevent Damage” to big pharma

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The proposal prepared by a U.S.-based public relations firm and obtained by South Africa’s Mail and Guardian just goes to show what a small world this is, especially when it comes to public health. The subject of the proposal, a “Campaign to Prevent Damage to Innovation from the Proposed Draft National IP Policy in South Africa,” […]