Tag Archives: PEPFAR

CDC: Across 20 PEPFAR countries, index testing for HIV doubled diagnosis rates

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Tracing and offering HIV tests to exposed partners and children of people living with the virus led to twice the rate of positive tests than all other HIV testing interventions combined across 20 countries between 2016 to 2018, according to an analysis in the current Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for […]

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 […]

116th Congress: Senate Foreign Relations Committee gets new Chair, three new Republican members

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The 116th Congress brings significant change to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a new chair whose record offers few — but significant — clues to his global health leanings, to three well-known, but new Republican members, all of who indicated varying views on the value of foreign aid. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) – In […]

Stalled funding, policies of 2018 pose continuing challenges to infectious disease responses ahead

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A year that started with a shutdown of the U.S. government is ending the same way, demonstrating ongoing instability in American policy, funding and global health leadership. At the same time, from events dividing the ranks of global HIV responders, to the first Ebola outbreak fought in a war zone, the year has highlighted needs […]

A partnership to strengthen lab capacities, a poll presents Americans’ take on global outbreak responses and Zika, a new website, and more . . . We’re reading about health readiness

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Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Meeting Healthcare Challenges in Africa – When, shortly before the launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a group of delegates visited some of the African countries most affected by the HIV  pandemic, their immediate focus was on how, finally, to provide access to antiretroviral treatment to […]

Spending bill draft: House to maintain global AIDS, TB funds

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs is scheduled to approve a draft bill Wednesday that rejects the Obama administration’s proposed cuts to HIV and TB spending for fiscal year 2016. The bill contains $250 million above the President’s fiscal year 2016 request for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB […]

Sen. Cardin brings record of global health involvement as he takes lead Democrat seat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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The Senator replacing Bob Menendez as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes on the role with a record spanning nearly three decades in Congress of stances supporting policies to improve health, human rights and science-based global and domestic responses. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) has served on the committee since coming to the […]

Questions about suspended contractor’s HIV work meet USAID culture of silence and stalling

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When a multi-billion dollar nonprofit with PEPFAR contracts spends millions of tax dollars on stratospheric salaries, parties, presents, and perks, USAID has no answers on what happened to AIDS responses How does a faith-based nonprofit launched by a minister, his wife and his daughter in 1998 become the recipient of more grants and working agreements […]

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 […]

As “most improved” for transparency among U.S. agencies, PEPFAR is one to watch in 2015

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With obstacles to information on how the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief planned, spent, and tallied the worth of its funding earning the world’s largest public health initiative a “very poor” rating last year on the 2013 Aid Transparency Index — well below the U.S. Military —  the agency’s “fair” rating earned this […]