Tag Archives: President Barack Obama

Nothing about us without us: The evolving role of PEPFAR in community engagement

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The following is a guest post by Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV, Health Policy Project, Futures Group. This month, while working with PEPFAR programs in West Africa to raise awareness on issues such as gender and sexual diversity and their significance in HIV epidemic dynamics, I was reminded by civil society organization leaders of […]

Uganda’s HIV criminalization, mandatory testing bill signed into law against local and international cautions of harms to health, human rights

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Jail terms to punish “attempted” and “intentional” transmission of HIV, as well as forced HIV testing of sex crime victims, people accused of sex crimes, pregnant women and their partners and anyone who “unreasonably” withholds consent to be tested are now law in Uganda, with President Yoweri Museveni’s assent to The HIV and AIDS Prevention […]

Secretary Sebelius: When you invest in women and girls, the results ripple through their communities

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Jemima, a rural Kenyan woman living with HIV and without medical care, had wasted to just 77 pounds when a friend brought her to a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief-supported clinic. She went home that day with a basic health package put together by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. She started antiretroviral […]

A promise, a petition, a push, the state of the global HIV response, and more

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“The promise of an AIDS-free generation“: If you listened to the State of the Union Address this week hoping for mention of the epic response to the global HIV epidemic launched at a State of the Union Address a decade ago, you got it, when the President spoke of “realizing the promise of an AIDS-free […]

Physicians, scientists, advocates call on Kerry to push for funding that backs policy in global AIDS fight

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Saying they are “gravely concerned about reports that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests for PEPFAR and the Global Fund fail to provide adequate resources,” researchers and physicians from programs, centers and institutions leading the international AIDS response sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Friday, urging him to speak up for […]

Decisive Obama win, Democrat House and Senate gains set stage for next global health steps

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President Obama’s win Tuesday means plans to follow a global AIDS blueprint due to be released World AIDS Day remain on track. The “Mexico City Policy” restricting how U.S. family planning dollars could be spent overseas, reversed by President Obama, which Gov. Romney had promised to reinstate, will remain off the books. It remains to […]

Guns — or medicine? A doctor’s call, survey responses, and more in a presidential campaign edition of what we’re reading

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A doctor’s call for healthy foreign policy debate: John May, a South Florida corrections physician and founder of Health through Walls, a nonprofit that brings medical system support to prisons in developing countries, wrote this op-ed piece for the local newspaper in the county where the candidates were scheduled to hold their final debate on […]

Debate’s silence on research role, a look at Obama’s science stances, Uganda — again, and more . . .

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Research! America responds to gap in debate: When the presidential candidates fail to mention the role  that funding scientific research can play in our economy, competitiveness and health, does it make a sound? Research!America President Mary Woolley heard the resounding silence and issued a statement calling on them to make  health research a priority. The […]

Global views — candidates speak on trafficking, free enterprise, Clinton talks of shared responsibility

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When candidates Romney and Obama visited the Clinton Global Health Initiative this week, they gave another campaign season glimpse of their global priorities, and in these appearances global health got one mention per candidate. Candidate Romney called for a major shifts in foreign aid, promising to “leverage” private investment to play a pivotal role in […]