Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Ill-informed, ineffective, discriminatory, and ideological, drug policies became prescription for public health disaster(s), report details

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The goal was “A drug-free world.” The certainty was “we can do it!” And behind the goal and the certainty was a view that illicit drugs threaten “the health and wellbeing of all mankind.” The setting was the 1998 U.N. General Assembly Special Assembly on drugs, late enough in the decades-long and ongoing international “war […]

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 […]

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 […]

With departure of Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Goosby pending, advocates hoping for swift action on replacement

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Through the summer, talk circulated that Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby was preparing to move on – and today we’re hearing that his departure date is set for as early as Oct. 26. After four years of leading the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and its President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief […]

State Department cable to embassies: Meet with, document, and respond to civil society when building country PEPFAR plans

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As President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief in-country teams build HIV-fighting strategies in the future, they will seek, report on, and provide written responses to input from groups representing those most affected by HIV, following a State Department cable sent to embassies around the world earlier this month and released Monday. The cable, to all diplomatic […]

U.S. Global Health Diplomacy raises question: What is country ownership?

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A little more than four years ago when the then new Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby came to a town hall style talk at the Kaiser Family Foundation to discuss the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the idea of  “country ownership” of AIDS-fighting efforts came up once, in a question put to him about […]

Breaking News: Amb. Goosby to head new Global Health Diplomacy office, will continue to lead PEPFAR

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Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby will head the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the State Department, while retaining, at least for the immediate future, control over the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the program he has headed for the last three years. The Global Health Diplomacy office was announced last July […]

PEPFAR advisory board applies implementation science, ethics to efforts

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In the life of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief so far, the concept of exploring its efficiency, its impact, the relevance of it targets even, is relatively young. When all of those are weighed against intentions and costs, the discipline at work is called “implementation science,” and that is the science, PEPFAR leadership […]