Tag Archives: PEPFAR

PEPFAR Pediatric HIV treatment partnership targets antiretroviral access gap

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U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief with London-based philanthropy Children’s Investment Fund Foundation aims to double number of children getting lifesaving medicine across 10 African countries in next two years “When you just see a number, you don’t always grasp a problem,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx said, the day after announcing the launch […]

Birx, Farmer: Global AIDS lessons can inform, equip hepatitis response

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WASHINGTON, DC — Health leaders who gathered Wednesday at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day agreed that recognition of the needless toll and continuing threat of that global, infectious and often deadly disease has been a long time coming. They also cited practical promise in the recent World Health Assembly Hepatitis Resolution that […]

AIDS 2014: Undetectable viral load an opportunity for all by 2020 is activists’ call for action

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia through the coming week, with updates on research, policy and insights from the 20th International AIDS Conference. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA –  The opening remarks of Dr. Luiz Loures at a UNAIDS satellite session on Sunday were delayed by activists rushing the stage to call for an […]

AIDS 2014: HIV and tuberculosis are one disease in Southern Africa

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia through the coming week, with updates on research, policy and insights from the 20th International AIDS Conference. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – “We must ensure that the worlds of HIV and TB focus on individual human beings instead of individual diseases” This message headlined remarks from Mark […]

Targeting the pediatric HIV treatment gap, speeding drug development, imagining a world of equitable treatment access, the Medicines Patent Pool aims for breakthroughs

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An event last week launching the Pediatric treatment Initiative “to get kids the medicines they need,” included the news of a commitment to double the number of children on treatment with support from the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief within the next two years. With a continued gap that sees an estimated two million […]

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 […]

Ambassador Birx formally sworn in by Secretary Kerry at State Department event

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At the swearing in ceremony for Ambassador Deborah Birx as the new Global AIDS Coordinator today at the State Department, Secretary John Kerry told the very personal story of Dr. Birx’s first brush with HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s. Ambassador Birx had lost a lot of blood as she was in labor with her daughter, […]

Global health donor proliferation without coordination raises questions of redundancy, inefficiency, burdens to hosts — and impact

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In basic numbers, this is some of what the last decade of donor awakening has totaled up to across the global health landscape: 37 donors responding to HIV in 143 countries; 22 donors responding to tuberculosis in 109 countries; 27 donors responding to malaria in 86 countries; 36 donors responding to family planning and reproductive […]

Ambassador Birx: “We will never waver” from sound public health, human rights principles

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First official statement also commits to “hand-in-hand” planned and agreed transitions of aid responsibility Sworn into office one day after Ugandan police action caused the suspension of work at a United States-funded HIV response program, new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx has issued her first official statement, affirming PEPFAR’s commitment to continuing its […]

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 […]