Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Nigeria Same Sex Marriage Prohibition law raises questions of donor response

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When, in early January, Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law, the legislation had been a subject of concern among global health and human rights actors for more than eight years. Now, however, consideration of how foreign donors financing HIV-fighting efforts in Nigeria willl respond seems to be just […]

Ukraine NGO crackdown raises questions on sustained HIV prevention, care among injecting drug users, other marginalized groups

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January 16 “Charter for Opression” shows precariousness of HIV response “partnerships” In April 2011, when Ambassador Eric Goosby made his first visit to Ukraine in his role of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, his previous work in HIV prevention, care and treatment through targeted interventions had already familiarized him with the country’s challenges. With the highest […]

Jim Kim: AIDS response set path for universal health care

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When Dr. Jim Kim, President of the World Bank, began advocating for universal access to HIV treatment for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable in 2000, he met a strange response, that he recounted this week. “People were angry that we were talking about treating people with HIV/AIDS,” he said. “It’s as if people were […]

South Africa’s IP policy object of U.S.-based “Campaign to Prevent Damage” to big pharma

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The proposal prepared by a U.S.-based public relations firm and obtained by South Africa’s Mail and Guardian just goes to show what a small world this is, especially when it comes to public health. The subject of the proposal, a “Campaign to Prevent Damage to Innovation from the Proposed Draft National IP Policy in South Africa,” […]

Nigeria anti-gay law: community calls for support, advocates call for action

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With reports that police are arresting suspected “gay organization” members in Nigeria following the President Goodluck Jonathan’s signing last week of the country’s “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013,” the impacts of the new law are just beginning, according to agencies and organizations addressing health and human rights. In addition to prohibiting marriage and civil […]

Congressional budget deal meets Obama’s HIV request, rejects proposed TB cuts

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A Congressional budget agreement released Monday night cuts foreign aid by $1 billion from the level set for fiscal year 2013, but prioritizes global health and humanitarian programs, according to a House Appropriations Committee release. The agreement meets President Obama’s request for Global Fund and HIV program allotments. The $8.44 billion allotted for global health […]

Saving Mothers, Giving Life shows what a difference a year can make

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The first year of a program meant to reduce maternal mortality saw deaths from childbirth cut by one-third, according to a report released today. These results were achieved with modest investments, panelists said at an event launching the report. The report detailed outcomes from the first year of the 5-year Saving Mothers, Giving Life initiative, […]

Global Fund tiered pricing panel for ARVs, other health commodities raises questions

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Zambia didn’t look much different the day after the World Bank changed its status from low-income to middle-income than it did the day before, Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul noted in his keynote address to a Georgetown University gathering in December. Dybul, who was discussing the shift in development aid “from paternalism to partnership,” […]