Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Turning 10, PEPFAR celebrates a million lifetimes of birthdays to come

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As a registered nurse in Tanzania, Tatu Msangi often gets to see the overwhelming relief that crosses the face of a woman living with HIV when she learns her newborn child is free of the virus. As a mother, Msangi remembers the feeling. Nearly nine years ago Msangi learned she had the virus that leads […]

WHO okays medical circumcision device, and “PEPFAR is ready”

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An okay from the World Health Organization today for  a medical circumcision device as an alternative to conventional surgery “may change the landscape” of scaling up a proven HIV intervention, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator announced today, saying PEPFAR will provide immediate support to help countries evaluate the device for their settings. PrePex™, […]

PEPFAR treatment lifeline threatened by weaknesses at receiving end, GAO report says

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A third in a series of reports examining components of treatment provided through the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief  details how the the program has strengthened and streamlined antiretroviral drug supply planning, procuring and tracking, but also reveals a wide range of weaknesses hindering partner country management of the lifesaving medicines. The United States […]

More complete data on PEPFAR results needed, says second GAO treatment report

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The second of two reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office reviewing HIV treatment efforts suppported by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief concludes that incomplete information on the results of those efforts will interfere with accurately evaluating partner countries’ abilities to sustain treatment programs. The GAO also has produced a report on PEPFAR […]

GAO report highlights complexities of analyzing PEPFAR treatment costs

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With the groundwork for treatment provided through the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief having been laid in the first expensive years of country programs, with the purchases of generic antiretroviral drugs, and with economies of scale as the numbers of people enrolled in treatment increased, PEPFAR has reduced per patient treatment costs in recent […]

While role stretches from “dignified care for the dying” to tackling gender inequities, compensation for community care-givers remains a challenge

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In countries where populations live scattered, separated by long distances from understaffed clinics and hospitals, the answers to the HIV epidemic — care, treatment, prevention — rested on the shoulders of community health workers from the start. As donors and governments recognized the needs HIV spelled out for comprehensive services — for food and nutrition, […]

Public discussion of IOM report highlights shortfall: Children not included in treatment success

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It was a dissonant note in an otherwise largely congratulatory event. The setting was a public discussion this week of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, and as report committee chair Robert Black had pointed out that morning, PEPFAR has proven that health services can be delivered on […]

Botswana’s balancing act: A model for AIDS-free generation plans?

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CSIS REPORT EXAMINES ASPIRATIONS AND REALITIES IN COUNTRY’S SUCCESSES AND CHALLENGES Take a country that, a decade ago, grappled with one of the most devastating HIV epidemics in southern Africa. With a population of just over 2 million people, about four out of every 10 adults was infected with the virus that leads to AIDS. […]

A doctor’s path, directed by devastation, supported by science, takes him back to Africa

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Dr. Charles Holmes was completing his medical education when he lived and worked for three months in Malawi in 1999. The AIDS epidemic there, uncontrolled, was peaking. Medicine had been saving AIDS patients’ lives in wealthy countries for the last five years, but was still out of reach for most Africans. Desperately sick people lay […]

PEPFAR adds to investment in rapid TB tests

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The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief will buy as many as an additional 150 rapid tuberculosis testing devices with materials to test about 450,000 people for tuberculosis, addressing a need to improve diagnoses of drug-resistant strains of disease, and to identify the disease in HIV-positive people in sub Saharan Africa and Myanmar, the Office […]