Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Could PEPFAR birthday party be followed by budget brawls?

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As policy makers and legislators celebrated PEPFAR’s 10th birthday with pledges of ”strengthened” commitment to the goal of an AIDS-free generation, and researchers compared findings on the challenges ahead, events on Capitol Hill left the funding for the work yet to be done uncertain. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Kerry told those gathered to commemorate […]

State Department cable to embassies: Meet with, document, and respond to civil society when building country PEPFAR plans

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As President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief in-country teams build HIV-fighting strategies in the future, they will seek, report on, and provide written responses to input from groups representing those most affected by HIV, following a State Department cable sent to embassies around the world earlier this month and released Monday. The cable, to all diplomatic […]

Supreme Court strikes down anti-prostitution AIDS funding requirement: “It violates the First Amendment and cannot be sustained”

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 IN 6-2 DECISION: “The Policy Requirement goes beyond defining the limits of the federally funded program to defining the recipient” Public health experts said the requirement stifled an essential exchange of ideas. Congressional representatives said the requirement distorted the intention of the act that authorized the U.S. global AIDS response. Global health advocates and groups […]

With “transitions” underway, report emphasizes distinction between “country ownership” and government ownership

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THE DISTINCTION? “COUNTRY” INCLUDES CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS REPRESENTING THOSE GOVERNMENTS JAIL, NEGLECT, LEAVE VULERNABLE In Zambia, the nation’s Home Affairs Minister tells gay rights advocates to “go to hell” while an HIV treatment advocate faces jail time for speaking of the need to reach vulnerable populations. In Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, homophobic views voiced by […]

Nationwide, health experts, leaders, front-liners urge lawmakers: Let PEPFAR reach its goals!

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With the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief slated for a third consecutive funding cut under the Obama administration’s budget proposal for the coming year, 629 health professionals from across the United States signed onto letter sent to Congressional leaders today asking them to enable the 10-year-old program to achieve its purpose. “As physicians, scientists, […]

Nigerian health, human rights groups to legislature: Rescind anti-gay bill

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Saying Nigeria legislators’ passage of the “Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill and other Related Matters” last week violates the country’s constitution as well as human rights, groups and individuals in the country are calling on legislators and President Goodluck Jonathan to consult with civil society organizations and the and the nation’s commission charged with protecting […]

Panel: Aim to ensure healthy lives through universal health care, access and equity

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A report from the United Nations-assigned panel framing an approach to post-2015 global development goals asserts that universal access to basic healthcare, eliminating discriminatory barriers that stand between vulnerable people and services, a commitment to social, economic, and environmental equity, as well as investing in disease prevention will be essential to reaching the attainable goal […]