Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Uganda Parliament passes Anti Homosexuality bill, “filling gaps,” adding further blows to HIV response

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Substituting life in prison for the death penalty as the punishment for “aggravated homosexuality,” the Ugandan Parliament passed its Anti Homosexuality Bill today, filling “gaps,” it says, in existing law. While a text of the current bill is not available, “aggravated homosexuality,”  under the 2009 bill includes being a “serial offender” or being an “offender” […]

The Year in Global Health: Top 10 stories in HIV, TB around the world

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HIV, TB research, funding, policy developments, setbacks of 2013 lay out promises and challenges for 2014 The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act – In a year when Congress couldn’t even keep the Panda-cam on, expectations for the future of the legislation that launched PEPFAR and that was set to expire this year were low. The […]

International AIDS Society to India: Return of anti-gay law a “major setback” to country’s HIV response

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Within the week that India’s Supreme Court reinstated the nation’s colonial-era anti-sodomy law, a letter from the International AIDS Society has counted the ways the decision brings harm to the country, its sexual minority populations, its response to its HIV/AIDS epidemics, and to other Commonwealth nations, for which, during the last four years, India had […]

Ukraine anti-corruption report examines how HIV and TB drug procurement loopholes feed epidemics

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Living amidst one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in Europe, with among the highest rates of both HIV and TB, one in eight people living with HIV in Ukraine also has tuberculosis and one in eight living with HIV dies, according to a report from, the country’s Anti-corruption Action Centre, and All Ukrainian Network […]

Nelson Mandela’s HIV, TB stances were lasting strides in struggle for freedom, rights, equality

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“Nelson Mandela embodied the 20th Century in South Africa and the world in many more ways than people think,” Zackie Achmat, founder and chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa said in the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday. Winstone Zulu, credited with being the first Zambian to publicly discuss his HIV infection […]

Global Fund Replenishment “window of opportunity” to beat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria: Half open or half shut?

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“You have brief windows in history,” Global Fund Executive Director Ambassador Mark Dybul said Wednesday. He was referring to a now familiar argument he has made to support a request, that when he puts it this way, sounds modest: “Fifteen billion dollars to control three horrible pandemics.” The window Dybul is talking about is the […]

On eve of Global Fund replenishment, World AIDS Day, experts cite evidence in HIV fight

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As global health leaders from around the world gather in Washington, D.C. this week for the fourth replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, experts are weighing in on what worldwide disease responses can achieve now. Agnes Binagwaho is Rwanda’s Minister of Health, a pediatrician and a lecturer at Harvard Medical […]