Monthly Archives: December 2009

Budget Deal Reached on Global Health Programs and Needle Exchange Ban

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Lawmakers have finalized the fiscal year 2010 budget for foreign assistance, setting funding for key programs to fight global HIV and TB and reaching a landmark deal to revise the needle-exchange ban. The agreement—expected to pass the House before the end of this week and the Senate before the end of next week—includes some modest […]

WHO Report: Progress Made in Treating TB, But Key Challenges Remain

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An estimated 8 million tuberculosis-related deaths have been averted over the last 15 years through aggressive global efforts to combat this ancient and deadly epidemic, according to a new report released today by the World Health Organization.  The epidemiological report, which provides more up-to-date figures than usual, says there were an estimated 9.4 million new […]

PEPFAR Releases More Details on Its Five-Year Strategy

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PEPFAR today released three “annexes” to its five-year global AIDS strategy, offering some additional details and context for the plan issued last week on World AIDS Day. The first annex, which can be found here, addresses PEPFAR’s prevention, care, and treatment plans for the next five years. “Prevention remains the paramount challenge of the HIV […]

Two New TB Reports from TAG

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The Treatment Action Group has released two new reports on tuberculosis, both valuable resources in the effort to combat this global TB epidemic. The first report details the level of global funding for TB research and development; a total of $510 million was invested by 71 organizations, public and private, in TB R&D in 2008, […]

Doctor Warns the Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS is Losing Momentum

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In this compelling blog post from Nathan Ford, a leading physician working in South Africa with Doctors Without Borders, outlines fears of a “u-turn” in the battle against the global AIDS epidemic. “As Western donors prevaricate, African countries, which were pressed by the international community to do more for AIDS, now must wait to see if […]

Bill Clinton Among Featured Guests at Forum on Global AIDS and Health Systems

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To commemorate World AIDS Day, Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) hosted an all-day symposium on “HIV Scale-Up and Global Health Systems,” featuring the star power of former President Bill Clinton.  ICAP supports national HIV programs in 14 resource-limited countries in Africa and provides services to more than 350,000 people.  […]

Global Health Crisis Comes to the Big Screen

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 A new documentary film featuring the work of four Doctors Without Borders physicians could not come at a better time, as the Obama Administration has begun to focus more intensely on global health policies and its USAID nominee wends his way through the Senate confirmation process. “Living in Emergency,” the 90-minute film set to unveiled […]

Goosby to Discuss Five-Year Strategy at Town-Hall Forum

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For those with burning questions about the new five-year US global AIDS strategy released today, Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, will participate in a town-hall style forum hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation this Friday at 9:30 eastern time. Dr. Goosby will discuss the strategy and how it fits into the Administration’s […]

PEPFAR's Five-Year Strategy Comes Up Short on Treatment Targets

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The Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator released its five-year global AIDS strategy today, marking World AIDS Day by outlining its vision for the transition of PEPFAR from an emergency response to a more sustainable, country-driven program. The biggest news in the 20-page report can be found on page 6, where OGAC outlines its prevention […]