Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

HIV/AIDS funding reality check: Tanzanias of the world can’t do it alone

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In Tanzania, an east African country home to 46.2 million people where the national HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is 5.7 percent, the domestic HIV/AIDS response accounts for 10 percent of the national budget, or about $20 million per year. Sixty-five percent of government funding finances antiretroviral therapy (ART). Still, there is a gap of financing of […]

Congressional leaders say bipartisanship, enthusiasm are key to continued AIDS support on the Hill

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Despite much disruption from protesters – to the visual and audible discontent of event moderator and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) – U.S. Congressional leaders were able to get the point across Tuesday that in order to defeat AIDS support must come from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill. Rep. Barbara […]

Make a plan for AIDS-Free generation, 60 organizations, one Archbishop tell Obama Administration

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It was one thing to say we can end the AIDS epidemic, another to say how. Now, with advances in science and years of experience pointing to an evidence-based path, 60 organizations – including those that Science Speaks operates in the midst of, Infectious Diseases Society of America and HIV Medicine Association — and one […]

State Department, World Bank launch drives to find data on women, “hiding in plain sight”

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If you’ve ever wondered how approaches to fighting AIDS could include an anti-prostitution oath, a ban on funding to organizations offering information on safe abortion and an emphasis on abstinence until marriage, here’s a humbling thought: maybe there just wasn’t enough data to indicate whether those approaches were, perhaps, counterproductive. Do you want international data […]

Two reports highlight: While epidemic marches on, funding remains in 2008

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While disbursements of donor funds has bounced back from a bureacracy-delay-driven dip last year, money committed to fighting the AIDS epidemic has remained at 2008 levels for the last three years, an analysis jointly released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS shows. Their report, Financing the Response to AIDS in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: […]

First House vote on key health and research funding includes deep cuts

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A House funding subcommittee voted today on a labor, health and education bill for the federal fiscal year beginning October 1 holding funding of some programs steady and enacting punishing cuts to others.  The vote, which flat funded biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health and reduced overall funding for the Centers for Disease […]

Looking forward to AIDS 2012: First prisoner networking zone, the epidemic in context, getting HIV treatment to the most people and more . . .

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Justice in Prisons: Health Access, Treatment and Prevention at Prisoner Networking Zone Often coming from situations of the greatest risks for HIV, the dangers confronting prisoners are multiplied when, in overcrowded cells, lacking basic nutrition, health and hygiene and ability to protect themselves from infection, they are locked away, whether convicted or awaiting trial in […]

PEPFAR recommends integrating international TB screening guidelines into prevention of mother to child HIV transmission work

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Pointing to mounting evidence of the impact of tuberculosis on the health of pregnant women and their children, the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief is recommending improvements to efforts to detect the disease in settings offering health services to pregnant women, women with HIV, newborns, and children. “Recent studies have shown that HIV-infected pregnant […]

“This century’s Marshall Plan”

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“PEPFAR will be remembered as this century’s Marshall Plan” noted Rep. Jim McDermott at a briefing today.   McDermott, D-Wash, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional AIDS Caucus, was a lead off experience at today’s Health Affairs briefing on the publication’s July edition, which is devoted exclusively to coverage of the President’s Emergency Plan For […]

GHI watchers wonder as “next steps” include closing office

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When the White House announced the Global Health Initiative in 2009, it was to be a six-year, $63 billion effort to combat neglected and preventable diseases, improve family planning, nutrition, address causes of maternal and child mortality, and, in the process, improve health care and health outcomes. It has been more than a year since […]