Tag Archives: the Global Fund

Keeping up with the Global Fund

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After a tumultuous few years the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is nearing completion of, at least, the first phases of a makeover, with the framework for a new funding model agreed upon at its September board meeting, and details of the model to be decided at the next, Nov. 14-15 board […]

After a decade of observing the Global Fund, Aidspan founder looks ahead

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The Global Fund had not begun, a little more than a decade ago, when Bernard Rivers, who had worked as a freelance journalist and a software entrepreneur, found himself with enough time and money to spend a couple of years learning a new field. As a teenager he had lived in Africa, and wanted to […]

Clean water and HIV, new look and features for watchdog Aidspan site, “good Samaritans” living in poverty, and more . . .

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Safe Water Critical to health of HIV-positive people: Clean water and accessible sanitary toilet facilities are essential to the success of HIV care and treatment, this IRIN story notes, focusing on conditions in Ethiopia. It cites Wateraid, saying that patients on antiretroviral medicine need at least a liter and a half of clean water a day […]

Ramifications of a Retreat on HIV/AIDS

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A new report out today from Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) highlights concerns that donor countries’ commitment to combating the deadly HIV/AIDS epidemic is wavering. “MSF teams working to treat HIV/AIDS are witnessing worrying signs of waning international support to combat HIV/AIDS,” the report says. “In some high-burden countries, patients are being turned away […]

The Lancet ID Calls for Protecting Global AIDS Programs

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For anyone concerned about a pullback in funding for global AIDS programs, this commentary in The Lancet Infectious Diseases is a must read. It addresses the apparent wavering commitment of donor countries amid the economic downturn and touches on the unfolding debate about the merits of disease-specific initiatives, such as PEPFAR, versus efforts to efforts to […]

House Panel Nixes Needle Exchange Ban, Senate Sets Funding for Global HIV/AIDS and TB

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A key House subcommittee has called for lifting the ban on funding for needle-exchange programs, a significant step forward in the hard-fought battle for evidence-based treatment of HIV/AIDS. Disease experts, particularly those who specialize in treating HIV/AIDS, have long argued that the ban on needle exchange unnecessarily impeded HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., […]

Update: House Spending Committee Boosts Funding for Global HIV & TB

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Global health programs targeting HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis got a surprise boost on Tuesday when the House Appropriations Committee took up the foreign affairs spending bill. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., successfully offered an amendment adding $50 million to global TB programs, a welcome move particularly given growing threat of drug-resistant TB. This boost followed a letter […]

A coming AIDS treatment shortage?

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So warns Fareed Abdullah, director of the Africa Unit for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, at a press conference here kicking off the HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting. In unusually forceful language, Abdullah diverted from his prepared talking points to say that not only is there not enough money for AIDS treatment in the […]

Further budget analysis from Global Center

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Yesterday we received more information about the budget proposal from President Obama.  There are some new details, such as his proposal to flat-fund US backing for the Global Fund.  His proposal does not add up, I am sorry to say, and it is not consistent with the Hyde-Lantos legislation the President co-sponsored last year.  Why […]

Funding Update

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Global health advocates breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when President Barack Obama signed a long-awaited spending bill for fiscal year 2009, which started in October. As we noted in an earlier post, the measure’s fate appeared uncertain last week, as Republican objections and Democratic queasiness over the thousands of earmarks stalled the $410 billion spending […]