Tag Archives: Ambassador Deborah Birx

HIV fighters look ahead to “Heartbreak Hill” and reclaimed dreams

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With opportunities to end the HIV pandemic demanding more resources and resolve than ever, a gathering of those in it for the long haul urge final sprint The right things in the right places at the right time came together for Fortunata Kasege in 1997, when she came to the United States from her home in […]

PEPFAR announces prevention, treatment targets, highlights “DREAMS” for young women

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While announcements from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief often highlight the program’s success stories, PEPFAR supplied depressing data along with its release Saturday of new targets for treatment enrollment, additional prevention interventions, and infections to be prevented, over the coming two years. That’s because the targets “for the first time ever” (as the […]

Frieden, Birx discuss the catastrophe, warning of Ebola in last year

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At this time last year, Ebola had been reported in West Africa for six months, and in Liberia and Sierra Leone the number of new cases was doubling every few weeks. In Nigeria, where a man sick with the virus had landed in the capital city three months earlier and sparked an outbreak culminating in 20 cases, the epidemic […]

Sen. Cardin brings record of global health involvement as he takes lead Democrat seat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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The Senator replacing Bob Menendez as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes on the role with a record spanning nearly three decades in Congress of stances supporting policies to improve health, human rights and science-based global and domestic responses. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) has served on the committee since coming to the […]

Global Health 2014: Top 10 stories in HIV, TB around the world

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Ebola – Why is Ebola one of the top 10 stories in HIV and TB globally? Because the current crisis in West Africa echoes the history of those epidemics, highlights weaknesses that will continue to dog ongoing work to conquer those epidemics, and has once again shown that neglecting infectious disease anywhere poses a threat […]

As “most improved” for transparency among U.S. agencies, PEPFAR is one to watch in 2015

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With obstacles to information on how the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief planned, spent, and tallied the worth of its funding earning the world’s largest public health initiative a “very poor” rating last year on the 2013 Aid Transparency Index — well below the U.S. Military —  the agency’s “fair” rating earned this […]

Study sets out to capture pediatric antiretroviral treatment costs, improve planning

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Earlier this month we posted an interview with Ambassador Deborah Birx on a new partnership aiming to expand pediatric antiretroviral treatment access in Africa. The following is a guest post from Ron MacInnis, Sarah Alkenbrack and Sara Bowsky with the Health Policy Project about work to strengthen that effort with reliable data. By Ron MacInnis, […]

AIDS 2014: Confronting tragedy and progress, 20th International AIDS Conference brought approaches, community together

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“Unity” was the word that incoming International AIDS Society President Chris Beyrer used to characterize AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The word, he said, at a panel discussion last week, described the response to the loss of six HIV movement leaders, who, en route to the conference died in the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight […]

PEPFAR Pediatric HIV treatment partnership targets antiretroviral access gap

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U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief with London-based philanthropy Children’s Investment Fund Foundation aims to double number of children getting lifesaving medicine across 10 African countries in next two years “When you just see a number, you don’t always grasp a problem,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx said, the day after announcing the launch […]

Birx, Farmer: Global AIDS lessons can inform, equip hepatitis response

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WASHINGTON, DC — Health leaders who gathered Wednesday at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day agreed that recognition of the needless toll and continuing threat of that global, infectious and often deadly disease has been a long time coming. They also cited practical promise in the recent World Health Assembly Hepatitis Resolution that […]