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Condom gap “quite disturbing” according to PEPFAR

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There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.

Clinton to activists: Get more votes in Congress for AIDS funding

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Filed by Meredith Mazzotta from Vienna “This is only the end of the beginning,” former President Bill Clinton said at the Monday morning plenary session of the International AIDS Conference in Vienna. “We have to transition now from what has essentially been a ‘make-it-up-as-you-go’ initial response to a calculated, long-term response.“ Part of that response, […]

House Subcommittee Approves Global Health Funding for FY 2011

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A crucial milestone was passed this week in the effort to get increased funding levels approved for global health programs, including PEPFAR, USAID and the Global Fund. The State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, led by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), approved some increases for these programs relative to FY 2010, despite […]

Top Physician-Scientists Voice Grave Concern about Stagnant U.S. Global AIDS and TB Funding

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Nearly 300 leading U.S. disease experts expressed serious concern about the White House’s inadequate budget request for global AIDS and TB programs, saying the proposed funding levels signal a retreat in the U.S. response to the twin epidemics of HIV and TB. In a strongly-worded letter sent to members of Congress today, the physician-scientists said […]

Global Fund Chief Says U.S. Needs to Make High-Level Long-Term Commitment

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The full-court press is on for Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. With the Global Fund’s replenishment conference set for early October, “this must be an intensive period of advocacy of all of us,” he told a group of D.C.-based global health advocates on Wednesday. One of […]

Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]

Ugandan HIV Expert Gives First-Hand Account of Implications of PEPFAR Flat-funding

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This week, Dr. Peter Mugyenyi is visiting Washington from Uganda, where he directs the Joint Clinical Research Center, the largest PEPFAR implementer in East Africa. Dr. Mugyenyi was one of a half-dozen people in the room when PEPFAR was conceived back in 2003. As one of the program’s most eloquent supporters, Dr. Mugyenyi has recently […]

Budget Deal Reached on Global Health Programs and Needle Exchange Ban

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Lawmakers have finalized the fiscal year 2010 budget for foreign assistance, setting funding for key programs to fight global HIV and TB and reaching a landmark deal to revise the needle-exchange ban. The agreement—expected to pass the House before the end of this week and the Senate before the end of next week—includes some modest […]

WHO Report: Progress Made in Treating TB, But Key Challenges Remain

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An estimated 8 million tuberculosis-related deaths have been averted over the last 15 years through aggressive global efforts to combat this ancient and deadly epidemic, according to a new report released today by the World Health Organization.  The epidemiological report, which provides more up-to-date figures than usual, says there were an estimated 9.4 million new […]

HIV/AIDS Experts Call For Bold Treatment and Prevention Targets to Combat Global AIDS

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As World AIDS Day approaches, leading physician‐scientists called on the White House and Congress to continue the scale‐up of HIV prevention and treatment services in the developing world and to preserve U.S. leadership in the battle against this deadly epidemic. The Obama Administration is expected to release its five‐year global AIDS strategy on Dec. 1—World […]