Monthly Archives: June 2014

USAID Global Development Lab bill introduced in Senate

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This month Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Boozman (R-AR) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Global Development Lab Act, legislation that would authorize the U.S. Agency for International Development to expand public-private partnerships to deliver innovative health solutions for the developing world. In support of USAIDS’s mission to end extreme poverty, the Global Development Lab […]

While a baby in Mississippi proves what science can do, just a third of HIV-infected children get the treatment they need, leading to question: What will it take?

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Can pediatric AIDS end with numbers still uncounted? What has to happen to propel the progress of two and a half decades of confronting HIV in children to the success of no child contracting the virus, getting sick with AIDS, and no child dying from the disease? That was the question posed to a panel […]

Anti-gay legislation, HIV criminalization and harm . . . We’re reading doctors’ warnings on how human rights abuses hurt public health

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Dr. Daniel Nanshep Gobgab of the Christian Health Association of Nigeria and Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau came to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC Tuesday to talk about their work as physicians and faith-based health organization leaders. The topic was family planning, but in the course […]

Birx: PEPFAR will do more with less

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“We will deliver the right things, in the right places, at the right times,” said new Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx on Monday when outlining her broad vision for the third phase of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at a town hall hosted by Kaiser Family Foundation. With an increasingly limited budget, Birx […]

Targeting the pediatric HIV treatment gap, speeding drug development, imagining a world of equitable treatment access, the Medicines Patent Pool aims for breakthroughs

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An event last week launching the Pediatric treatment Initiative “to get kids the medicines they need,” included the news of a commitment to double the number of children on treatment with support from the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief within the next two years. With a continued gap that sees an estimated two million […]

Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law prompts new U.S. responses, including entry restrictions and police program aid suspension

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*** Breaking News *** A White House blog post and National Security Council  statement  today announced additional responses from the White House to Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, legislation that led to police action and suspension of work at a U.S.-funded HIV program there. The response comes on the heels of a report from […]

HIV and donor priorities, sex workers and non-rights-based programming, TB in the mines and more . . . we’re reading, and watching why human rights and health go together

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HIV and Human Rights: A Mapping of Donor Priorities and Trends in Southern Africa – Diminished funding for HIV responses along with efforts to merge those responses into other public health and rights programming present both challenges and opportunities to organizations trying to strengthen outreach to those hit hardest by the epidemic, according to this […]

Senate Funding Bill Disappoints Global HIV and TB Advocates

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The Senate State Foreign Operations Subcommittee approved a fiscal year 2015 funding bill Tuesday with no new resources for the U.S. flagship global AIDS program, PEPFAR, and an $11 million cut in the U.S. response to global tuberculosis. PEPFAR is funded at $4.02 billion and TB at $225 million.  The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis […]

Breaking News: House Subcommittee Funds PEPFAR and Global TB Higher than President’s Request

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations posted its draft bill last night with better funding levels for PEPFAR and global TB than those proposed by the Obama Administration for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2015. According to the draft and conversations with Hill sources, PEPFAR funding through the State Department would […]

USAID’s 50 Years of Global Health charts changing priorities, offers history in progress and “catalogue of lessons”

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In the decade that the United States Agency for International Development began its work in global health, life expectancy in low-income countries averaged about 43 years, about 240 of every thousand children died before the age of five, and no records existed of maternal mortality rates. HIV was unheard of. A half century later, with […]