Monthly Archives: November 2012

The future of WHO, making global health gains last, medicine on an empty stomach and more . . .

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Future of World Health Organization hangs in the balance: With financing shortfalls — and efforts to address them continue to hobble the organization founded to respond to health on a global scale as a human right, its mission is threatened. This BMJ article looks at what went wrong, and the changes in funding and governance […]

Decisive Obama win, Democrat House and Senate gains set stage for next global health steps

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President Obama’s win Tuesday means plans to follow a global AIDS blueprint due to be released World AIDS Day remain on track. The “Mexico City Policy” restricting how U.S. family planning dollars could be spent overseas, reversed by President Obama, which Gov. Romney had promised to reinstate, will remain off the books. It remains to […]

Blueprint: Change policies, use existing knowledge to end HIV epidemic among injecting drug users

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Allan Clear is executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition.  Mr. Clear was one of twelve speakers chosen to address the United Nations at the 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS, was a non-governmental delegate at UNODC “Beyond 2008”, and is a member of the Community Program Committee for AIDS 2012. Mr. Clear wrote the […]

Blueprint: Support community efforts, strengthen systems, improve delivery and ensure funding

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David Barr began working on HIV/AIDS issues in 1985. He coordinated the creation of the HIV Collaborative Fund, a partnership of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Tides Foundation, which to date has supported more than 1,000 organizations in over 70 countries with small grants and capacity-building for HIV treatment awareness, literacy, community mobilization […]

Blueprint: Bridge the gap between HIV and family planning services

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Heather Boonstra is a senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute. This blog post was adapted for Science Speaks’ Blueprint series, in which clinicians, researchers and advocates address the key elements they would like to see in the Global AIDS response blueprint that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in […]

Blueprint: Use proven methods, research, determination to reach end of epidemic

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky has been a member of the Cost-effectiveness of Preventing AIDS Complications (CEPAC) team since 1998. She is a member of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents.  Dr. Walensky has […]