Monthly Archives: December 2010

New project to join reproductive health and HIV services in 5 African countries

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Population Action International (PAI) has launched a new, two-year effort to integrate reproductive health services with HIV/AIDS services in five sub-Saharan African countries with the help of a $2.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Integration Partnership (TIP) will be launching in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia. Ethiopia is the […]

USAID Releases Final R&D Activities Report for HIV/AIDS

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has released a new report to Congress, “Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID” – the final annual update on the results of the USAID 2006-10 health research strategy. The report is being released in sections over a five-week period, and the HIV/AIDS chapter is now available for […]

Faith leaders to Obama: Increase resources to fight global AIDS

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Bishops, rabbis and pastors across the U.S. sent a letter to the President  Monday making the case for increased funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and U.S. contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. President Obama is poised to make his fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget request […]

TB in Prisons, a cure for HIV, oral tenofovir impact on herpes simplex and more

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Here are some recent new stories and publications of interest: The spread of TB and latent TB in prisons, where risk of infection is higher than in the general population, can substantially increase overall incidence of the disease. That’s according to systematic review findings by Iacopo Baussano from the University Amedeo Avogadro in Italy and colleagues […]

Short-term funding bill means loss of critical global health and dev funding

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Data from a new WorldPublicOpinion.org/Knowledge Networks poll showing that Americans overestimate federal money devoted to foreign aid. Global health programs took a huge financial hit last week when the Senate failed to pass an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2011, mainly because of united Republican opposition and the need for a 60-vote supermajority. […]

A challenge to Clinton on GHI, family planning

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For US government officials, sometimes the most challenging questions don’t come from reporters. They also can come from US government workers. At the second “Town Hall” meeting rolling out the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave an overview on Friday to a large gathering at the U.S. Agency for […]

Global Fund forges ahead – Key countries face reapplication

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Despite uncertain funding, the Global Fund Board has decided to issue a call for proposals for Round 11, which will launch on Aug. 15, 2011 with a submission due date for applicants of Dec. 15, 2011. The board recently concluded its 22nd meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. This is a later launch date than health advocates […]

Politico ad from public health leaders: Obama, We Need Your Leadership on Global AIDS

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In a half-page ad in the print edition of Thursday’s Politico newspaper, 25 prominent leaders in public health called on President Barack Obama to remember the vital importance of global AIDS funding when finalizing his budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2012. The Obama Administration is currently making final decisions on their budget, which will be […]

UPDATE: Sec. Clinton announces release of Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

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At a town hall meeting Wednesday morning with a packed auditorium of Department of State employees, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the release of the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) – dedicating the report to the late diplomatic envoy Richard Holbrooke, noting his “insistence that we back up our words with […]