Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Global health and human rights face challenges of homophobic laws, abuse, neglect, violence

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Kaiser Family Foundation releases brief from discussions on The U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health How did it happen that 10 years into the United States’ unprecedented and ambitious response to the global AIDS pandemic some of the largest obstacles between HIV prevention, care and treatment and those most in need of those services stand […]

Ambassador Birx formally sworn in by Secretary Kerry at State Department event

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At the swearing in ceremony for Ambassador Deborah Birx as the new Global AIDS Coordinator today at the State Department, Secretary John Kerry told the very personal story of Dr. Birx’s first brush with HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s. Ambassador Birx had lost a lot of blood as she was in labor with her daughter, […]

Global health donor proliferation without coordination raises questions of redundancy, inefficiency, burdens to hosts — and impact

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In basic numbers, this is some of what the last decade of donor awakening has totaled up to across the global health landscape: 37 donors responding to HIV in 143 countries; 22 donors responding to tuberculosis in 109 countries; 27 donors responding to malaria in 86 countries; 36 donors responding to family planning and reproductive […]

While HIV aid drops, overall global health spending shows “enduring support”

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While development assistance to middle and low-income countries for global health reached an all-time high last year, assistance for “the main infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, contracted on the whole,” according to the Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity report published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Total […]

Ambassador Birx: “We will never waver” from sound public health, human rights principles

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First official statement also commits to “hand-in-hand” planned and agreed transitions of aid responsibility Sworn into office one day after Ugandan police action caused the suspension of work at a United States-funded HIV response program, new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx has issued her first official statement, affirming PEPFAR’s commitment to continuing its […]

WHO issues first hepatitis C guideline, notes treatment remains unaffordable to most

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Announcement notes release coincides with availability of improved drugs, while health advocates warns price puts new medicines beyond reach The World Health Organization’s first guidelines on the treatment of hepatitis C released Wednesday begin by noting that while treatment for the virus is successful for most of the people who receive it, 350,000 of those […]

Uganda: As Anti-Homosexuality Law hits services, funding, its impact on current and future HIV treatment access raises concerns

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Ugandan police action at U.S. Military HIV Research Program site “has significantly heightened our concerns about respect for civil society and rule of law in Uganda,” State Department official says Following a week that saw a U.S. funded program in Uganda closed by the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Law, leaders of organizations representing physicians and researchers  in […]