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Blueprint: Dr. Myron Cohen on treatment as prevention and other essential elements of a global AIDS plan

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Dr. Myron S. Cohen is the architect and principal investigator of the multinational HPTN 052 trial, which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment prevents the sexual transmission of HIV-1. This work was recognized by Science Magazine as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011. His research focuses on the transmission and prevention of transmission of HIV, and […]

`Fresh' U.S. strategy on MDG goals

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The Obama administration today released a government-wide strategy on a subject that previously had drawn little high-level attention from Washington – the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs. Much like National Security Strategy documents put together by a succession of U.S. administrations, Obama’s MDG strategy serves as more of a framework of principles, rather than giving […]

TAC Founder Zackie Achmat Says "Forboding" Has Returned on Global AIDS

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Zackie Achmat, the founder of South Africa’s venerable activist group, the Treatment Action Campaign, today made public a memo to the Obama Administration that details the potential negative consequences of a pull-back from US commitments on global AIDS. It comes in the wake of a protest last night in New York, where President Obama appeared […]

Ruth Messinger: "Sophie's Choice" in Global Health Spending is Outrageous

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Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, an international development and human rights organization, just posted this passionate response to  The New York Times stories about the unfolding crisis in global AIDS funding. Ruth’s article argues that any U.S. foreign aid policy pitting disease against disease is seriously misguided and that now is the time to recommit to foreign […]

Final GHI To Be Unveiled Soon, Many Details Still Uncertain

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At the start of a forum today on the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative, Jen Kates, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s director of global health policy and HIV, laid out eight major questions about the proposal—queries that will go a long way toward determining whether the initiative is a success or not. After a 90-minute discussion, […]

Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]

PACHA's New Leadership Includes Domestic and Global HIV/AIDS Stars

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Under new leadership appointed by the White House, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) convened its first session yesterday under the Obama Administration. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced 24 new members to the Council earlier this week, including Michael Horberg, MD, a member of the HIV Medicine Association’s board of directors. […]

Blueprint for Global Health Initiative Raises Fresh Questions About Funding

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The Obama Administration has finally lifted the curtain, if only for a preview, on its proposed $63 billion six-year Global Health Initiative (GHI), which the President first unveiled almost a year ago with a broad-brush call for a more integrated comprehensive approach to funding global health.  Amid much anticipation, the White House yesterday released a […]

White House Budget Falls Short on Global HIV & TB

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Although some details are still murky, a first-blush analysis of  Obama Administration’s fiscal year 2011 budget doesn’t look good for US efforts to combat the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics. From treatment to prevention, these global health threats could get short-changed under the White House plan. Let’s start with PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. […]

Obama's SOTU: Jobs, Jobs, and …. Global Health?

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Okay, so funding for PEPFAR and TB programs did not get top billing in tonight’s State of the Union address. With the economy still sputtering, with voters anxious about the next paycheck and angry about spiraling deficits, global health wasn’t exactly a political winner in tonight’s speech.    But President Obama still did squeeze in a mention of the issue, even […]