Monthly Archives: September 2009

AIDS Programs & Health Systems–An Account from the Ground

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From antiretroviral drugs to bicycles, one program in Zambia is redefining the notion of integrated health services and care. The Global Health Council’s Vince Blaser blogged about the program, called RAPIDS, or Reaching HIV and AIDS Affected People with Integrated Development and Support, here. The program’s main focus in HIV prevention and treatment, but implementers […]

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 […]

Health Systems & the Growing Threat of Drug Resistant HIV & TB

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Dr. Luis Sambo, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, sought to draw attention this week to the growing threat of drug-resistant strains of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria on the continent, calling for aggressive action “before the situation gets out of hand.” Sambo made his comments during the 59th session of the WHO regional committee meeting […]

Obama Calls for Review of U.S. Development Policy

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Well, it’s not an appointment to the still-vacant USAID helm, but we did get another indication this week that President Obama wants to dramatically remake global development policy. The White House issued a “presidential study directive” yesterday calling for a top-to-bottom review of development policy. The effort is to be led by Obama’s National Security […]