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House subcommittee bill flat funds global HIV and TB

In a year when global health leaders have projected a need to extend HIV and tuberculosis services to millions more people, a draft spending bill for the fiscal year beginning October 1 proposes keeping funding for global AIDS and tuberculosis programs and for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria exactly where it is.

23 June 2016
Science Speaks
Cultural Sensitivities Obstacle at UN AIDS Conference

No one at the high-level United Nations conference devoted to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 denies serious scientific and financial challenges remain, but cultural sensitivities may prove the toughest stumbling block on the way to achieving that goal. A number of gay and transgender groups were excluded from attending the three-day-long conference that began Wednesday by countries who objected to their presence and nations squabbled over references in a final statement to topics involving gay sex and intravenous drug use.

09 June 2016
New York Times
AIDS 2016 Online Programme Now Available

The full online #AIDS2016 programme is now available. Browse the sessions and special events, mark your favourites, and create your customized itinerary.

08 June 2016
AIDS 2016
High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS - Where’s the UK?

At the last High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2011, the coalition government sent a delegation led by Minister Stephan O’Brien. But sadly, this time round, no minister from the UK Government will attend. In addition, the Department for International Development (DFID), the lead department for this UN meeting, is not planning to send a senior member of staff either.

07 June 2016
Huffington Post
World Health Assembly adopts global health sector strategies on HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs

The World Health Assembly has adopted 3 global health sector strategies on: HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for the period 2016-2021. The integrated strategies highlight the critical role of Universal Health Coverage. Their targets are aligned with those laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals.

01 June 2016
Two million people with HIV started treatment in 2015

At least two million people worldwide started antiretroviral treatment in 2015 alone, and 17 million people are now taking antiretroviral therapy, up by a third since 2013,

31 May 2016
Keith Alcorn
Global call for PrEP access

Scientific, medical, and community-based groups from around the world are being urged to issue a joint call for universal access to PrEP.

27 May 2016
Positive Living
UNITAID launches global initiative to prevent tuberculosis

UNITAID is calling for innovative proposals to make new, shorter preventive treatment regimens more easily available to those who could benefit most. The proposals that show most promise will be recommended for funding.

25 May 2016
HIV/AIDS Activists Look To Keep Pressing Clinton After “Unconscionable” Nancy Reagan Comment

Clinton deeply upset many when she praised the Reagans for starting “a national conversation” about HIV and AIDS. Since then, dozens of activists have banded together to press the Clinton, Sanders, and Trump — with mixed results.

17 May 2016
BuzzFeed News
If we want to end HIV, TB, and malaria, we need to do more to reduce human rights barriers

A recent report from UNAIDS said that by 2020, countries should devote 8% of its HIV resources to reducing human rights barriers to accessing services. Currently, less than 1% of Global Fund grant funds is spent on programs to reduce human rights barriers. We have to do more and we have to do it better, says Ralf Jürgens. In this commentary, Ralf describes an intensive effort that the Global Fund is implementing in 15-20 countries, as well as other initiatives the Fund has planned.

11 May 2016
Global Fund Observer
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