Today’s White House news conference on the Obama Administration’s global HIV/AIDS efforts did not, in fact, provide all that much news. The main announcement came from Secretary Hillary Clinton, who said the International AIDS Society would host its 2012 conference in Washington, D.C., a step made possible by the Administration’s repeal of the HIV entry […]
In a long anticipated move, the World Health Organization released new recommendations on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS today. The WHO announced that it is now recommending antiretroviral therapy (ART) be initiated at a CD4 threshold of 350 cells/mm3 for “all HIV-positive patients, including pregnant women, regardless of symptoms.” The WHO called for prolonged […]
President Obama’s US Global AIDS Coordinator, Eric Goobsy, MD, discusses health system strengthening, PEPFAR’s tight budget, the Administration’s Global Health Initiative, and other subjects in this interview posted on the Global Health Council’s blog. It’s definitely worth reading for the latest insights into the Administration’s plans for battling global AIDS.
A delegation of HIV-positive Haitains recently visited Washington to lobby for robust funding for PEPFAR. Read their compelling stories in this blog, which details how HIV-positive patients have access to HIV drugs but not necessarilly to a glass of water to wash the pills down or food to make the medicines tolerable and effective.
Uganda’s Minister of Health recently told leading U.S. decision makers that “concern is growing across the African continent about a slowdown in U.S. assistance” to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Dr. Stephen Mallinga says any weakening in U.S. support or funding for PEPFAR and the Global Fund […]
ScienceSpeaks readers will not want to miss this Voice of America interview with Dr. Eric Goosby, the US global AIDS coordinator, who addresses, among other issues, the Administration’s commitment to PEPFAR amid the economic downturn. This Goosby interview comes as the International AIDS Society released this statement warning world leaders not to mistake progress in HIV treatment scale-up […]
Many policymakers and program implementers agree that PEPFAR is at a key turning point; the biggest challenge going forward is to transform this successful global AIDS initiative from an emergency response in the face of a worldwide epidemic into a sustainable chronic disease program. The Obama Administration’s plans for that transformation have been the subject […]
This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, who is attending the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. There was no shortage of hot-button questions for Dr. Eric Goosby, the new US Global AIDS Coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at the International AIDS Conference today. […]
From the implementation of so-called “smart power” diplomacy to the future of PEPFAR, there are many unanswered questions about the Obama administration’s approach to foreign aid. For starters, who will head USAID, which oversees many US global health programs as well as other development assistance? The buzz so far has centered on health-care pioneer Paul […]
Finally, a strong and seasoned voice in the White House to defend global AIDS spending and advance the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The full Senate confirmed Dr. Eric Goosby to be the new the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator on Friday. As we said in a news release applauding the vote, Congress now needs […]