Tag Archives: Health Gap

What we’re reading: Thoughts on the White House budget proposal against a plan to eliminate U.S. HIV incidence

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Since the president’s Feb. 5 State of the Union address pledge to end transmissions of HIV in the United States in the next 10 years, and the release of a strategy the next day outlining plans to target the hardest hit counties and states, the most critical immediate unanswered questions have concerned funding for the […]

Locals inform the strategies to fight HIV in their communities, activists propel evidence-based policy, and sex workers cite a failure to communicate . . .

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We’re reading about listening to people who know what they’re talking about Impact of Community Activism – With flat funding and rising need, the importance of spending every dollar committed to HIV responses effectively, and on evidence-based action has never been more critical. Direct involvement of affected populations is essential to determining where that isn’t […]

Inclusion of civil society in PEPFAR planning lags, sex workers call for engagement in global treatment access, WHO’s Ebola Emergency Committee issues update, and more . . . we’re reading about delayed works in progress

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More advocacy required for adequate inclusion of MSM in PEPFAR Processes – It’s a little more than two years ago that then U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby issued a cable to all U.S. embassy and consular posts directing them to seek, report on, and provide written responses to input from local groups representing […]

PEPFAR announces prevention, treatment targets, highlights “DREAMS” for young women

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While announcements from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief often highlight the program’s success stories, PEPFAR supplied depressing data along with its release Saturday of new targets for treatment enrollment, additional prevention interventions, and infections to be prevented, over the coming two years. That’s because the targets “for the first time ever” (as the […]

Global health advocates circle U.S. Capitol, but Senators advance toward TPP trade deal

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Trade agreement would allow patent extensions, profit-protecting lawsuits, limiting access to affordable drugs, leaked records of secret talks have shown Representing organizations that train and supply health workers in some of the world’s poorest countries, that push for global access to life-saving medicines, and that urge effective responses to infectious diseases, protesters opposing the Trans […]

Measures of HIV treatment progress highlight lagging investments

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Greater investment, established goals needed to realize antiretroviral treatment benefits of reducing new infections, improving health, and lengthening life expectancy, pieces say While the proven transmission-preventing, health-improving, life-saving benefits of antiretroviral treatment for HIV, along with rising numbers of infected people receiving the medicine have inspired talk in recent years of an “AIDS-free generation,” efforts […]

UNAIDS plan to “Fast Track” end of AIDS means prioritizing men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls

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To reach 90/90/90 by 2020, those left invisible and unnamed will have to be recognized and supported, supporters of strategy say Fast Track, the strategy geared to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, which was outlined by UNAIDS at a side event to the United Nations General Assembly last week, notes that international efforts have […]

Global Fund “equitable access initiative” doesn’t answer concerns first raised by tiered pricing task force plan

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Plan to address access to drugs and other health commodities should be led by countries, civil society, advocates say “ As part of our move to better accommodate and adjust our business model according to the different stages of the development continuum, we have developed a new multi-agency initiative to help expand access to essential health […]

Continued PEPFAR cuts will slow HIV treatment enrollment, reverse gains, postpone end of AIDS, global health advocacy leaders write

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That doesn’t have to happen, Health Affairs blog piece argues When lawmakers got together two months ago on the bipartisan, bicameral, unanimous passage of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, renewing authorization for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the future of support for the program that has saved the lives of millions of […]

PEPFAR transition to South Africa ‘country ownership’ disrupts care, threatens progress, squanders success, Health GAP report says

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In policy talk, the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief move from directly supporting AIDS-fighting efforts with money and staff in countries that need help, is called a “transition to country ownership.” That, in policy talk, is what must happen for work to achieve an AIDS-free generation to be “sustainable.” A report just released by […]