Bill Gates said he expects a pair of advances by 2030 that will eliminate most of the damage from AIDS. Improved treatment and the development of a vaccine to prevent new infections are the “two miracles” needed to help turn the tide, the billionaire said Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
26 January 2015 | Bloomberg
The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash discusses the importance of dialogue and cooperation for achieving global health goals; reaching key populations with HIV prevention, treatment, and care services; and preventing malaria in Myanmar.
19 January 2015 | The Global Fund
“The introduction of a national HIV programme for sex workers finally plugs a gaping hole in our country’s response to the epidemic,” said Dr. Fareed Abdullah, CEO of the South African National AIDS Council. “General HIV services simply do not meet the special needs of sex workers.”
13 January 2015 | Global Fund press release
Reports of sex workers misusing HIV drugs have left activists wondering if the government invested enough in HIV education before purchasing medicine, worth 4 billion Kenyan shilling. Many sex workers say clients prefer to have unprotected sex and will pay more money for it. This being a business, the women often choose to have unprotected sex, then rush to a public hospital for post-exposure prophylaxis medication, claiming they have been raped or had a burst condom. Some sex workers have also expressed uncertainties about the sustainability of the project, so they go to different hospitals and stockpile the medication, just in case it is no longer available in public hospitals.
07 January 2015 | Key Correspondents
The allotment of $4.3 billion for PEPFAR restores half of the $600 million in cuts PEPFAR has seen since 2011.
16 December 2014 | Science Speaks
Last year saw the lowest level of funding from charitable donors since 2007, the year when government spending on HIV began to drop. While the report notes that philanthropic support accounted for just three percent of all international funding for HIV-related efforts in low and middle-income countries, it has increasingly been cited in recent years as a source of support to fill gaps left by constricting national budgets.
10 December 2014 | Science Speaks
Since the start of President Obama’s Administration, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has achieved a four-fold increase and is now providing 7.7 million people with life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment worldwide. Despite this, only 1 in 4 of the 3.2 million children living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are today receiving treatment.
09 December 2014 | US Department of State
On World AIDS Day, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria declared its strong support for a new roadmap developed by UNAIDS, Fast Track: Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030. UNAIDS argues that the pace of responding to HIV in the next five years will be fundamental to ending the epidemic.
02 December 2014 | Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Realpolitik tells us that the era of AIDS exceptionalism is past. Post 2015, determinedly fighting for a stand-alone response to AIDS simply will not work in most contexts. Yet a stand-alone, fully resourced and ambitious response is worth fighting for in many countries, especially those that continue to face hyper-epidemics such as the southern African countries, where more than 25 per cent of the adult population continue to live with HIV.
28 November 2014 | Huffington Post
In broad strokes, UNAIDS has the right message, with the right vision, at the right time. But an effective response depends on strategy, details, milestones, resources and specifics—and these are still lacking.
24 November 2014 | AVAC