Category Archives: Blueprint for an AIDS-free generation

Physicians, scientists, advocates call on Kerry to push for funding that backs policy in global AIDS fight

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Saying they are “gravely concerned about reports that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests for PEPFAR and the Global Fund fail to provide adequate resources,” researchers and physicians from programs, centers and institutions leading the international AIDS response sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Friday, urging him to speak up for […]

PEPFAR adds to investment in rapid TB tests

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The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief will buy as many as an additional 150 rapid tuberculosis testing devices with materials to test about 450,000 people for tuberculosis, addressing a need to improve diagnoses of drug-resistant strains of disease, and to identify the disease in HIV-positive people in sub Saharan Africa and Myanmar, the Office […]

Clinton launches Blueprint for AIDS-free generation: “Now we have to deliver”

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Introducing the first formal strategy to tackle the global AIDS epidemic, U.S.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the PEPFAR Blueprint today, saying the plan would not have been possible without science, and that science will carry it forward. Clinton was joined by U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby, South African AIDS treatment advocate Florence […]

Reports track current progress, pitfalls, funding and gaps of AIDS fight

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On the eve of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s release of the first United States global AIDS response strategy, two reports released in recent days give a look not only of the progress so far, but of the shortfalls the new plan must address. Achieving the End, One Year and Counting, from AVAC, looks at the scientific […]

Blueprint: Change policies, use existing knowledge to end HIV epidemic among injecting drug users

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Allan Clear is executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition.  Mr. Clear was one of twelve speakers chosen to address the United Nations at the 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS, was a non-governmental delegate at UNODC “Beyond 2008”, and is a member of the Community Program Committee for AIDS 2012. Mr. Clear wrote the […]

Blueprint: Support community efforts, strengthen systems, improve delivery and ensure funding

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David Barr began working on HIV/AIDS issues in 1985. He coordinated the creation of the HIV Collaborative Fund, a partnership of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Tides Foundation, which to date has supported more than 1,000 organizations in over 70 countries with small grants and capacity-building for HIV treatment awareness, literacy, community mobilization […]

Blueprint: Bridge the gap between HIV and family planning services

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Heather Boonstra is a senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute. This blog post was adapted for Science Speaks’ Blueprint series, in which clinicians, researchers and advocates address the key elements they would like to see in the Global AIDS response blueprint that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in […]

Blueprint: Use proven methods, research, determination to reach end of epidemic

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky has been a member of the Cost-effectiveness of Preventing AIDS Complications (CEPAC) team since 1998. She is a member of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents.  Dr. Walensky has […]

Blueprint: A credible blueprint for AIDS response must address TB deaths

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Dr. Salmaan Keshavjee directs the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he is also Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine.  He is a  senior tuberculosis specialist at the Boston-based non-profit Partners In Health […]

Blueprint: Plan for HIV must specify TB response

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Dr. Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, began her career with the World Health Organization as a medical officer for TB in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia working with all institutions involved in TB care, including ministers of health and justice. She directly supported civil society and communities, funding their efforts through a […]