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Global Fund “equitable access initiative” doesn’t answer concerns first raised by tiered pricing task force plan

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Plan to address access to drugs and other health commodities should be led by countries, civil society, advocates say “ As part of our move to better accommodate and adjust our business model according to the different stages of the development continuum, we have developed a new multi-agency initiative to help expand access to essential health […]

Saving the Swazi Nation, mutual accountability, medical circumcision, a special envoy steps down and more . . . We’re reading about what works, what doesn’t, what remains to be seen

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The Campaign Against AIDS in Africa is Saving Lives – Why Isn’t the US Investing More In It? – James North, who spent four years in Swaziland before  AIDS  began to take a toll there, recounts the  epidemic’s impact on the country from 2008, when death notices filled the newspapers, to 2014, when seven percent […]

Ukraine HIV epidemic response scenarios project potentials for lives saved, infections averted by level of investment

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Outcomes hinge on increased resources, harm reduction, outreach to men who have sex with men, women in sex work, clients, injecting drug users, partners, and prisoners Released in December, before the dissolution of Ukrainian control of Crimea and continued threats to the autonomy of the rest of the country, Lives on The Line, Funding Needs […]

WHO’s PQP: How affordable antiretroviral and other treatments owe much to “little known part of WHO” reliant on two funders

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In 1999, a small South Africa study revealed disturbing news about a medicine used in first line directly observed therapy for tuberculosis:  it contained the right amount of the most essential ingredient but testing showed it was not being absorbed into patients’ systems. If the small study was representative of what was happening on a […]

Global Fund tiered pricing panel for ARVs, other health commodities raises questions

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Zambia didn’t look much different the day after the World Bank changed its status from low-income to middle-income than it did the day before, Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul noted in his keynote address to a Georgetown University gathering in December. Dybul, who was discussing the shift in development aid “from paternalism to partnership,” […]

Making PEPFAR, mourning Andrew Hunter, the cost of hepatitis treatment, assessing the damage of Uganda’s antigay law . . . We’re catching up and looking back

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Making PEPFAR – By rolling out large scale HIV treatment and prevention programs in countries that lacked resources to take on the global epidemic on their own, PEPFAR reversed a trend of sinking life expectancies “and likely saved some countries — even an entire continent — from economic ruin,” Harold Varmus writes in this essay, […]

A little human rights analysis, a little funding news, a little traditional medicine . . . We’re reading a little of everything on global HIV frontlines

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Access to HIV prevention in Rwandan prisons: Rwanda’s post-genocide government recognized the importance of meeting the needs of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable populations and built the right to health into its 2003 Constitution. This is all looking like good news, especially as the article goes on to describe how prisoners with HIV in […]

House meets President’s budget request for global AIDS, slashes international, family planning aid

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The funding bill for fiscal year 2014 that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations voted on today met the President’s request for global HIV/AIDS programs, while dramatically slashing other international aid programs.  Overall the full State and Foreign Operations allocation is 19 percent below current levels and the President’s request. The full […]

Legislators to Shah: Really? Cuts to TB, HIV efforts aren’t a problem?

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In the budget-cutting environment that characterizes the current Congress, it is not often you will see legislators from both parties urging a foreign aid director to voice the need for more funds, but that is what happened last week. While members of Congress emphasized during hearings last week the importance of robust U.S. support for […]

Reports: Sexual minorities, youth, left out countries’ decisions on distribution of Global Fund money

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The recent arrest of Zambian HIV treatment and human rights advocate Paul Kasonkomona for only talking about legal barriers to HIV and other health services for Zambians who are prisoners, sex workers or members of sexual minorities, raises the question of how those barriers can be addressed by the country’s board charged with distributing money […]