Monthly Archives: January 2014

PEPFAR transition to South Africa ‘country ownership’ disrupts care, threatens progress, squanders success, Health GAP report says

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In policy talk, the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief move from directly supporting AIDS-fighting efforts with money and staff in countries that need help, is called a “transition to country ownership.” That, in policy talk, is what must happen for work to achieve an AIDS-free generation to be “sustainable.” A report just released by […]

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 […]

PEPFAR transparency, PrEP coverage, a new global development approach . . . we’re reading about time to change, resistance to change and changing times

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Governance and transparency at PEPFAR (or lack thereof . . .) – In addition to having much to brag about, PEPFAR probably records more data on planning, spending, and results than any other aid program on earth, this editorial notes, but is among the least good at sharing information, this Lancet editorial points out. Duplicated, […]

PEPFAR leader: CDC Global HIV/AIDS director named to succeed Ambassador Goosby

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Dr. Deborah Birx named today to lead Office of Global AIDS Coordinator The White House has nominated a physician scientist whose career began three decades ago with a focus on immunology, vaccine research, and global health, to succeed Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Dr. Eric Goosby and lead the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. Dr. […]

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, […]

HIV success ratings are in the eye of the beholder

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While the majority of Africans across 34 countries give low ratings to their governments’ job of providing such basic infrastructure needs as water, sanitation, and electricity, across the continent — from Swaziland to Cameroon, from Uganda to Nigeria — governments receive “an absolute majority” of high marks for their efforts to combat HIV and AIDS. […]

USAID, Population Council agreement for non-antiretroviral microbicide quest looks to expand prevention toolbox

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An agreement between the United States Agency for International Development and the Population Council announced Monday for the development of a non-antiretroviral-based compound to block HIV and other sexually transmitted infections could yield a low-risk, easy access product for women in low resource settings in as few as a dozen years, if a promising new […]

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,” […]

MSF on viral load testing: Question in resource poor settings is not whether, but how to make a standard of care the standard in practice

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It is the standard of care in wealthy countries, a means of  tracking the effectiveness of and adherence to drug regimens before failure causes illness, and it is the measurement of the most critical goal of HIV treatment — protecting health and lowering transmission risks by making the virus undetectable. And yet, in resource poor […]