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  • Critiquing UNAIDS HIV Prevention Goals, AVAC Calls For Honed Strategy

    The global HIV advocacy group AVAC has raised an alarm that global goals for HIV prevention may prove ineffectual due to their vagueness.

    24 February 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • PEPFAR requires its programs to seek, use, document civil society input in planning

    With an emphasis on reaching populations with the highest rates of HIV and the least access to prevention and treatment services, the new guidelines note that local civil society involvement is needed to inform and sustain effective outreach to neglected populations, and the guidelines establish procedures to ensure that involvement is sought and put to use.

    16 February 2015 | Science Speaks
  • Obama Budget Boosts U.S. HIV and Hepatitis Funding, Cuts Global AIDS and TB

    President Obama's proposed $4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2016 would increase funding for CDC's viral hepatitis and HIV prevention efforts, boost spending for HIV research, and allocate more to combat antibiotic resistance. But the plan would cut overall global health funding, including support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.

    09 February 2015 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • Bill Gates Predicts Two Miracles for AIDS Relief by 2030

    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
  • New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

    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
  • South African HIV Program on Rights of Sex Workers

    “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
  • Who’s to blame for misuse of HIV drugs in Kenya?

    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
  • Congress adds $300 million to PEPFAR for FY15, in bill global health advocates say recognizes critical needs

    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
  • HIV dollars drop with waning philanthropic funds

    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
  • PEPFAR’s ‘Global Pediatric ARV Commitment-To-Action’ Aims To Improve Drug Access

    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
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