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Reports: Sexual minorities, youth, left out countries’ decisions on distribution of Global Fund money

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The recent arrest of Zambian HIV treatment and human rights advocate Paul Kasonkomona for only talking about legal barriers to HIV and other health services for Zambians who are prisoners, sex workers or members of sexual minorities, raises the question of how those barriers can be addressed by the country’s board charged with distributing money […]

Obama 2014 budget: Continued support for Global Fund, paired with PEPFAR cut leave Blueprint goals in question

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The Obama administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, with numbers that show a continued commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but also a continued drop in funding for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. The budget allows $1.65 billion for the Global Fund, the same amount […]

Calling on Secretary Kerry, a primer on U.S. global health involvement, the AIDS fight on the ground, counterfeit condoms and more . . .

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Can John Kerry Fix the Administration’s AIDS Budget Problem? The Obama administration’s AIDS budget problem is one of choices that cancel each other out and erroneous perceptions, this piece by Matthew Kavanagh says. The choices — last year the administration’s budget proposal cut funding for PEPFAR, but gave some of that money to the Global […]

Former PEPFAR head Mark Dybul to lead Global Fund

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The physician who helped create and then led the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief will be the new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund announced the appointment today, shortly after announcing the firing of Global Fund Inspector General John Parsons. Dybul will lead an institution […]

Global Fund TB allocation shows need for work, action, groups say

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When the Global Fund Board released its September meeting “decision points” document on funding allocation methods, it was, watchers noted, a part of a piece of a work in progress. But one decision will hold for the next year, and will impact efforts to roll out advances in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment — the decision […]

India’s patent laws, public health response without public healthcare and bridging the Global Fund gap . . .

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India’s patent laws: This Lancet special report on legal challenges by Bayer and Novartis to applications of India’s Patents Act provides a link to the 2010 United Nations Development Program’s report on the nation’s efforts to supply affordable HIV treatment in the context of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). It […]

Global Fund board decides model, but it is still a work in progress

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When the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria met last week, it settled, for at least the next year, how decisions to fund country responses to the three diseases will be guided. The decisions made, however are just one part of what disease response advocates are saying could make the […]

Comparing the candidates: Obama, Romney on science, spending, AIDS and Africa

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If nothing else, this presidential election season has brought the good news that both major party candidates have taken stances against preventable death and disease. Republican contender Mitt Romney released a statement on the global AIDS pandemic on the eve of AIDS 2012 in July, saying “We must overcome the challenge of AIDS.” President Obama addressed the […]

Congressional compromise likely to give to global health with one hand, take with the other

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Congress Poised to Pass Budget Bill to Keep Government Running Until Next Spring Congress is back in town but is unlikely to stay long as members consider a bill to fund federal government programs for 6 months – until March 27, 2013.   Passing this bill is essential to avoid a government shutdown on October 1—the […]

Alarming but not surprising drug-resistant TB rates, survival sex, “a kind of truce,” and more . . .

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Resistance to second-line drugs in people with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in eight countries: This Lancet article looking at rates of  resistance to second line anti-tuberculosis drugs in Estonia, Latvia, Peru, Phillipines, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Thailand, put numbers on a situation already known: tuberculosis is growing harder to cure. Following a June New England […]