Tag Archives: amfAR

Inclusion of civil society in PEPFAR planning lags, sex workers call for engagement in global treatment access, WHO’s Ebola Emergency Committee issues update, and more . . . we’re reading about delayed works in progress

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More advocacy required for adequate inclusion of MSM in PEPFAR Processes – It’s a little more than two years ago that then U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby issued a cable to all U.S. embassy and consular posts directing them to seek, report on, and provide written responses to input from local groups representing […]

Harm reduction and an AIDS-free generation, sex work research, and sustainable development goals . . . We’re reading about the inextricable ties of health and human rights

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Harm Reduction and the Global HIV Epidemic – Looking at access to health and harm reduction services in five countries where HIV epidemics intersect with injecting drug use, this report from amfAR points out that “an AIDS-free generation” would need to include everyone, but that most current national policies don’t. Examining the extent to which […]

PEPFAR’s South Africa “transition”: Nearly 20 percent of patients went unaccounted for when care was transferred, study finds

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Survey finding gaps in care, records during transfer of patients from PEPFAR-supported program to community-based clinics comes as new report cites need for data The patients who went to the Sinikithemba HIV clinic at McCord Hospital in Durban for antiretroviral treatment knew the value of the care they received; they paid for it. In turn, […]

Uganda government claims misunderstanding, while Uganda report cites HIV response gaps, Zambia cracks down and backtracks, and Kenya’s future . . . We’re reading about failures to communicate when politics trump health

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Statement by the Government of Uganda on the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 – Most people have read by now that the Government of Uganda has added insult to injury with a claim that donors somehow “misinterpreted” the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Law (which carries terms of 10 years to life in prison for gay sex) to be […]

Ambassador Deborah Birx on Uganda, and why she doesn’t say “country ownership”

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Part I of a Science Speaks interview with PEPFAR’s new leader to be presented in two parts, looking at impact, accountability, transparency in a sustainable response Part I A week after  Ambassador Deborah Birx took office as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, she issued her first official statement, ” . . .on the Principles of PEPFAR’s […]

Making AIDS history, amfAR counts down to a cure at Capitol Hill briefing

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Ambassador Deborah Birx,  Anthony Fauci, Michel Sidibe, Kenneth Cole, Miss Universe, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Tom Harkin, and World Bank President Jim Kim among participants in event to “Make AIDS History.” It already sounds like history now, before testing, before treatment, before activism, science, money and policy introduced hope into the time when an AIDS […]

Paul Kasonkomona, Glenda Gray, a snapshot of global health funding . . . We’re reading about contributions that make a difference

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New era dawns for the South African MRC – At a Kaiser briefing Tuesday, a Global Fund representative talked about the “marathon,” rather than “sprint” to the time that countries’ HIV responses become self-sustaining. This Lancet article, with its story of the South African Medical Research Council’s “massive overhaul” in the last two years, and […]

Saving lives without a rai$e, physician scientist weighs in on proposed TB cut, TPP’s toxic side effects, Trans Populations and HIV, Uganda roundup . . . We’re reading about trade, trade-offs and failures to communicate

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Tell Congress to keep up the fight against AIDS! – The program that helped make sure a million babies were born HIV-free and put 6.7 million people on antiretroviral treatment that saves their lives and prevents transmission of HIV has gone half a decade without a raise, the organization ONE points out, as it launches […]

Drug-resistant TB spreading more easily, amfAR makes case for global AIDS funding, Zambia considers condoms in prisons, and more . . . we’re reading the facts behind the arguments

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Russia’s drug-resistant TB spreading more easily – The mutations making some tuberculosis strains in Russia resistant to treatment may also be improving the ability of the bacteria to spread, an analysis reported in Nature tells us. Researchers are quoted calling the findings “Truly scary,” but also noting that a strong programmatic response could still be […]

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 […]