As conference presenters prepare to unveil successes, advances — and it is hoped, plans — to turn the tide of the epidemic together, events Saturday offered opportunities to reflect on lessons learned and paths paved by work in the last decade. At the Pan American Health Organization, representatives of El Salvador, Brazil, Jamaica, Peru and [...]
While disbursements of donor funds has bounced back from a bureacracy-delay-driven dip last year, money committed to fighting the AIDS epidemic has remained at 2008 levels for the last three years, an analysis jointly released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS shows. Their report, Financing the Response to AIDS in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: [...]
“PEPFAR will be remembered as this century’s Marshall Plan” noted Rep. Jim McDermott at a briefing today. McDermott, D-Wash, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional AIDS Caucus, was a lead off experience at today’s Health Affairs briefing on the publication’s July edition, which is devoted exclusively to coverage of the President’s Emergency Plan For [...]
When the White House announced the Global Health Initiative in 2009, it was to be a six-year, $63 billion effort to combat neglected and preventable diseases, improve family planning, nutrition, address causes of maternal and child mortality, and, in the process, improve health care and health outcomes. It has been more than a year since [...]
CDC’s Grand Rounds feature examines past, future of HIV/TB response: In a world where an estimated 160 people die of tuberculosis every hour, where 25 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths are caused by TB, and where 9 million people can be expected to develop the disease each year, while untreatable forms of infection have emerged, “much [...]
Unless Congress finds ways to lower the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next five months, the law passed last year mandating across-the-board cuts to nearly all budget items will reduce current global health spending by about 10 percent of its current level, an analysis by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) estimates. The [...]
The 2013 health funding bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee brings good news for tuberculosis research advocates, keeping funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of TB Elimination at its current $140.298 million. The Obama administration had recommended a $4.6 million cut. While about 80 percent of the CDC’s TB division [...]
Conference program online: The program for the July 22-27 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC is online, listing, among the speakers: Bills Clinton and Gates, Elton John, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, and, by video, Myanmar democracy leader and parliament member Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Conference organizers say about 25,000 people will attend [...]
There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).
She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) held a panel discussion Wednesday to assess the global health outcomes of the G8 and G20 summits held in Canada last month, where world leaders pledged to reduce maternal and child mortality through the Muskoka Initiative for Maternal and Child Health. Participants [...]