Category Archives: Q&As with Experts

Q&As with Experts

African journalist Gondwe reflects on reporting on his own circumcision

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Kennedy Gondwe, 31, a freelance journalist based in Lusaka, Zambia, reports for the BBC and CNN among other outlets. One of his stories for BBC in 2007 itself drew wide coverage: He reported on his own circumcision as a way to show his audience the importance of the surgery, which provides a significant yet partial […]

OGAC’s Dr. Caroline Ryan discusses PEPFAR male circumcision efforts

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This is the first in a week-long series exploring efforts to reduce HIV incidence via scaling up medical male circumcision (MC) in sub-Saharan Africa. Clinical trials have shown MC protects males by up to 60 percent from contracting HIV during vaginal sex. For more information, check out the Center’s recent report “Medical Male Circumcision as […]

Gates Foundation’s Dr. Bertozzi talks about what’s to come for HIV and TB

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In the first of a two-part series with TB and HIV experts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Stefano Bertozzi, director of HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Foundation, gives his thoughts on what lies ahead this year in HIV and TB building on key developments from the past year and a half. In his role, Dr. Bertozzi oversees grants in HIV vaccine development, biomedical prevention research, diagnostics development and resistance monitoring, and strategies for introduction and scaling-up of interventions. He has held past leadership roles at UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico.

An update on the anti-prostitution pledge

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This question and answer session with Rebekah Diller, the deputy director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, discusses the anti-prostitution pledge faced by grantees of the U.S. President’s emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). What is the anti-prostitution pledge (also known as the […]

Q & A with Dr. Vermund – Reflecting on PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board Meeting

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Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, sits on the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The SAB met for two days last week in Washington, DC, reviewing the current portfolio of PEPFAR-funded initiatives, the […]