Tag Archives: Michel Kazatchkine

Calling for a war on drugs ceasefire: A talk about harm reduction policies, and policy harm reductions . . .

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When members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy launched their report Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work last week, they did so, as J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies noted Thursday, in the midst of a busy news week (“a crowded geopolitical field,” Morrison said). Still, the […]

Decriminalize drug use, production and transport in the name of public health and safety, global panel says

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With recommendations that include ending criminalization of drug use, decriminalizing and regulating some currently illicit drugs, and ending imprisonment of farmers and couriers involved in illicit drug production and transport, an international panel of government, health, academic and business leaders released a report today urging a global approach to drug control that prioritizes public health […]

International AIDS Society to India: Return of anti-gay law a “major setback” to country’s HIV response

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Within the week that India’s Supreme Court reinstated the nation’s colonial-era anti-sodomy law, a letter from the International AIDS Society has counted the ways the decision brings harm to the country, its sexual minority populations, its response to its HIV/AIDS epidemics, and to other Commonwealth nations, for which, during the last four years, India had […]

While unreached populations challenge HIV response successes, Malawi High Court to review sodomy laws

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When three stories from widely diverse sources address the same topic in the same week, they provide a glimpse of problems viewed from different angles, and perhaps a glimpse of progress. In this case, the day after this article from Reuters asked Could Concentrated HIV epidemics make AIDS unbeatable? a PBS feature story explored The […]

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 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 […]