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With departure of Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Goosby pending, advocates hoping for swift action on replacement

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Through the summer, talk circulated that Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby was preparing to move on – and today we’re hearing that his departure date is set for as early as Oct. 26. After four years of leading the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and its President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief […]

More complete data on PEPFAR results needed, says second GAO treatment report

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The second of two reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office reviewing HIV treatment efforts suppported by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief concludes that incomplete information on the results of those efforts will interfere with accurately evaluating partner countries’ abilities to sustain treatment programs. The GAO also has produced a report on PEPFAR […]

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 […]

Looking toward Vienna: Eric Goosby, MD

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Global AIDS: `An inevitable mismatch of resources and need’ Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, the US global AIDS coordinator who assumed his position a little more than a year ago, will be a significant presence at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, which kicks off Sunday night. John Donnelly interviewed him Wednesday about his expectations for […]

Putting Women First in the Fight against Global HIV/AIDS

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Last week, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) brought together a number of panelists from various administration agencies and NGOs at an event called “Linkages between Gender, AIDS, and Development – Implications for U.S. Policy.”  Panelists discussed the importance of placing women’s and girl’s health at the forefront of the Obama Administration’s global […]

Dr. Goosby and Others React to Times Global AIDS Stories

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Last Monday’s New York Times stories, detailing the consequences of the faltering battle against global AIDS, has triggered an outpouring of reaction. For starters, there was this May 13 editorial by the Times itself, which noted that the war against AIDS, spearheaded by the US, had “racked up enormous successes over the past decade.” The […]

GOP Senators Demand Answers From PEPFAR on Treatment Scale Up

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Five Republican U.S. senators recently sent a pointed letter to US Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, asking for a clear response to reports that patients are being denied HIV therapy in Uganda and that clinicians elsewhere are “being forced to ration lifesaving treatment.” The letter, signed by Sens. Michael Enzi of Wyoming, Tom Coburn […]

House Briefing Sheds Light On PEPFAR Policy Shift

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At a Congressional briefing today, AIDS experts expressed grave concern about a shift in the focus of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, from providing HIV treatment to patients to providing technical assistance to developing country governments. The policy shift comes hand-in-hand with a pull-back from funding targets authorized in the Lantos-Hyde Act, […]

Guest Blog: GHI May Unravel PEPFAR's Success

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Last week, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a forum on the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative, sparking fresh debate over this significant shift in U.S. global health policy. In response to the presentations made by top U.S. government officials at that event, Shepherd Smith, a well-known AIDS advocate and program coordinator with considerable knowledge about […]

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, […]