Tag Archives: OGAC

Final GHI To Be Unveiled Soon, Many Details Still Uncertain

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At the start of a forum today on the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative, Jen Kates, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s director of global health policy and HIV, laid out eight major questions about the proposal—queries that will go a long way toward determining whether the initiative is a success or not. After a 90-minute discussion, […]

At CROI, Goosby, Other HIV Experts Address PEPFAR’s Vital Role in Next Phase of AIDS Battle

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting this week from CROI in San Francisco. The opening day of CROI included a session on the future of PEPFAR, featuring the US lead on global AIDS, Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, as well as the health minister of Namibia and the UNAIDS deputy director.  Kevin […]

Ambassador Goosby Discusses Budget, Partnership Frameworks, and New Role for AIDS Activists

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Dr. Eric Goosby, the US global AIDS ambassador, spoke with John Donnelly about a number of issues surrounding PEPFAR and the Obama administration’s new Global Health Initiative, including how the administration hopes to ramp up treatment and prevention efforts with small increases in overall funding and how PEPFAR is constantly responding to emergencies in the […]

Letter to Clinton: Preserve PEPFAR's Autonomy, Keep it at State

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Although Administration officials have said PEPFAR would be the “cornerstone” of its Global Health Initiative, HIV advocates and experts are worried that PEPFAR and the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator could actually have less visibility and authority under the GHI. The Administration has not yet detailed what the GHI’s governance will look like, […]

UNAIDS Expert: Prevention Needs Full Funding

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Evaristo Marowa, UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Botswana, said today that major opportunities to prevent HIV, and save billions of dollars in the long run, will be missed if the US and the international community fail to increase AIDS funding for Botswana and other countries in southern and eastern Africa.  He made his comments in a presentation […]

Goosby Promises "Steep" Scale Up of HIV Prevention Services

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Despite a nearly flat budget, US Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby today promised a “steep increase” in PEPFAR’s prevention activity, as the program pivots from an emergency US response to a broader long-term, country-driven endeavor. Indeed, Dr. Goosby signaled that PEPFAR will be as aggressive in scaling up prevention services in the next five years […]

PEPFAR's Five-Year Strategy Explained, Sort of

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In a 90 minute meeting with HIV advocates and implementers today, Ann Gavaghan spent almost as much time explaining what PEPFAR’s new five-year strategy does not mean as what it does mean. The term “increased efficiencies” is not some code for budget cuts, Gavaghan promised, but rather a mandate to maximize the impact of PEPFAR […]

Goosby: PEPFAR Examines Next Steps as Needle Exchange Ban Officially Nixed

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The needle exchange ban never applied to US-funded international AIDS programs, but the previous administration essentially acted as if it did. Now that the ban has officially hit the legislative dustbin, Eric Goosby, MD, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, has signaled an readiness to move forward in providing PEPFAR support for needle exchange programs in countries hard hit by the […]

PEPFAR's Five-Year Strategy Comes Up Short on Treatment Targets

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The Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator released its five-year global AIDS strategy today, marking World AIDS Day by outlining its vision for the transition of PEPFAR from an emergency response to a more sustainable, country-driven program. The biggest news in the 20-page report can be found on page 6, where OGAC outlines its prevention […]

WH Officials Announce IAS Conference Set for D.C. in 2012, Leaves Other Key Global AIDS Policy Questions Unanswered

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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 […]