Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

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 […]

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 […]

What We’re Reading

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Antiviral Research has a supplement this month on recent trends in microbicide formulations.

A report from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies out of the University of California looked at psychiatric risk factors for HIV disease progression. Researchers found that depression and substance use were tied to discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy, therefore hastening the progression of the disease.

A survey finds that HIV prevention programs often exclude men who have sex with men (MSM). The report – from the Global Forum on MSM & HIV – found that only 39 percent of respondents had easy access to free condoms and 57 percent found it to be either difficult or impossible to access HIV testing services. Threequarters of respondents were from low- and middle-income countries.

ID docs say it’s time to up the ante on medical male circumcision

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Implementing an aggressive medical male circumcision (MC) scale-up program in countries with high HIV prevalence and low rates of MC could save millions of lives and significant resources. That’s according to a new report issued by leading infectious diseases scientists in global health at the Center for Global Health Policy. Medical MC is a one […]

Global Fund Round 10: Short on resources for HIV and TB scale-up in sub-Saharan Africa

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Some disappointing news has emerged from the Technical Review Panel (TRP), the body of experts that considers requests for resources from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Only 44 percent of the HIV proposals submitted for Round Ten were successful.  In a pattern consistent with previous rounds, the TB proposals and the malaria proposals were much more successful, 54 and 79 percent respectively. (Note: These figures include resources for crosscutting health systems strengthening.)

Key stakeholders discuss the future of microbicide research

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How do we prepare for the possible roll-out of a topical microbicide for the prevention of HIV infection in women? That was one of many key questions posed to Monday’s esteemed panelists at a meeting hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development. USAID called the meeting in response to the encouraging Center for the […]