Tag Archives: White House

Pressure Against Anti-Gay Ugandan Bill Ramps Up

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For anyone following the situation in Uganda, where the Parliament is considering an anti-gay bill that would criminalize homosexuality, this story in the Advocate is a must-read detailing the growing international pressure on Uganda to reverse course, including yesterday’s statement from the White House. The story and other posts, including this one, suggests the international […]

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 […]

Obama Lifts HIV Travel Ban

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In a widely hailed move, President Obama announced an end to the two-decades-old ban on travel and immigration to the U.S. by HIV-positive individuals Friday. Obama said the ban was rooted in “fear rather than fact,” and disease experts agreed, saying the prohibition had no basis in public health or science and only served to […]

HIV/AIDS Physician-Scientists, Advocates Call for Bold HIV Treatment Goals for PEPFAR

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Physician-scientists working on the frontlines of the HIV/AIDS epidemic today urged the White House to set bold new HIV treatment targets for PEPFAR, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The Center for Global Health Policy joined with a coalition of other organizations—including HealthGAP, amfAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research), the Treatment Action Group, […]

Goosby Talks to VOA about Impact of Economic Downturn on Global AIDS Programs

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ScienceSpeaks readers will not want to miss this Voice of America interview with Dr. Eric Goosby, the US global AIDS coordinator, who addresses, among other issues, the Administration’s commitment to PEPFAR amid the economic downturn. This Goosby interview comes as the International AIDS Society released this statement warning world leaders not to mistake progress in HIV treatment scale-up […]

Goosby Takes on Hot Topics at State Department Session

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As Obama’s new global AIDS coordinator, Dr. Eric Goosby has no shortage of burning issues on his plate—from reports of ARV stock-outs in the developing world to questions about the long-term sustainability of PEPFAR. At a 1 ½ hour community meeting at the State Department Friday, the unassuming California doctor tried to reassure the global […]

Senators Prod White House on USAID Appointment

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No news is definitely not good news when it comes to this sore subject: the vacancy at the helm of USAID. Reports out today indicate that lawmakers in Congress are as anxious as the rest of us about the fact that this agency is rudderless, at a time when the Obama Administration is seeking to […]

Emanuel Offers Some Details of Administration's Global Health Initiative

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, who attended today’s meeting at the NIH of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.  The Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative has been the subject of intense debate and scrutiny since the White House first unveiled the proposal, with few details, in May. Today, at a meeting […]

Goosby Letter to PEPFAR Country Ambassadors Focuses on Transition to Country Ownership, Technical Assistance

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Many policymakers and program implementers agree that PEPFAR is at a key turning point; the biggest challenge going forward is to transform this successful global AIDS initiative from an emergency response in the face of a worldwide epidemic into a sustainable chronic disease program. The Obama Administration’s plans for that transformation have been the subject […]