Monthly Archives: September 2011

Senate committee votes on global health funding for fiscal year 2012; global AIDS cut

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The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to provide $7.9 billion for global health programs for the 2012 fiscal year beginning October 1 – $810 million below what President Obama requested for these programs and about $75 million above current funding levels – according to a committee press release. For the second year in a row, the global AIDS budget has been cut – despite promising research findings that chart a way forward to cut the toll from the major infectious disease killer…

An Interview with Charles Holmes

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The following is an interview with Charles B. Holmes, MD, MPH, chief medical officer and Director of Research & Science at the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).  This is the last interview in a Science Speaks “motivator” series with staff members at OGAC, which oversees the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS […]

Children and Tuberculosis: Exposing a Hidden Epidemic

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“Tuberculosis (TB) remains among the top ten killers of children worldwide, yet virtually no public or political attention is paid to TB as a children’s health issue,” and at least 1 million children became sick with TB in 2009. That’s according to a new issue brief released today by Advocacy to Control TB Internationally (ACTION), […]

An Interview with Bill Coggin

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The next in a series of interviews with staff members at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Science Speaks interviewed Senior Technical Officer Bill Coggin. As co-chair of the interagency TB/HIV technical working group, Coggin works on the PEPFAR’s annual TB/HIV guidance and technical considerations for the field, as well as technical reviews of […]

An Interview with Winnie Roberts

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The second in a series of interviews with staff members of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), responsible for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, Science Speaks sat down with Winnie Roberts, PhD. As director of multilateral diplomacy, Roberts manages OGAC’s engagement with the Global Fund to Fight […]

An Interview with Caroline Ryan

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The first in a series of interviews with staff members of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, responsible for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  program, Science Speaks sat down with Caroline Ryan, MD, MPH.  As Director of Technical Leadership at OGAC, Dr. Ryan has been a long-time key architect of PEPFAR’s implementation, first […]

Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon: New Initiative to Integrate Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment with PEPFAR HIV Services

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On September 13, former President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new initiative to bring breast and cervical cancer services to the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) clinics to respond to the two leading causes of cancer death in women in the developing world.  Bush and Clinton […]

HIV Physicians and Scientists Call for Greater PEPFAR Treatment Investment Based on HPTN 052 Results

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The IDSA Center for Global Health Policy and the HIV Medicine Association released a policy statement on the results of HPTN 052 with recommendations for U.S. global and domestic AIDS Policy.  Entitled “U.S. Policy and Funding on AIDS Should Follow the Science,” the statement recommends that a larger share of the PEPFAR budget be devoted […]