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Why maps matter: Delivering the right HIV services in the right place at the right time

In the third phase of PEPFAR, strategic planning is more urgently needed than ever. The following is a guest post by Anita Datar of the Health Policy Project on the role of geographical information systems in that planning.

Published
09 September 2014
From
Science Speaks
The end of AIDS and the NGO Code of Conduct

In 2008, a consortium of concerned international NGOs and advocacy organisations introduced the NGO Code of Conduct for Health System Strengthening, which highlighted how disproportionate funding for NGOs, rather than for public sector health systems, has undermined public services in many developing countries.The NGO Code of Conduct outlines a set of proposed best practices for NGOs to support local public services. However, after promoting the NGO Code of Conduct for 5 years, the behaviour of some NGOs seems unlikely to change unless donors hold them accountable for adhering to these best practices.

Published
27 August 2014
From
The Lancet
AIDS Progress in South Africa in Peril

PEPFAR has poured more than $3 billion into South Africa, largely for training doctors, building clinics and laboratories, and buying drugs. Now that aid pipeline is drying up as the program shifts its limited budget to poorer countries, so the South African government must find hundreds of millions of dollars, even as its national caseload grows rapidly.

Published
26 August 2014
From
New York Times
Global Fund Investment Guidance for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The Global Fund, in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, has embarked on the development of a Global Fund Investment Guidance for EECA for the 2014-2016 allocation period. The aim of this guidance is to recommend strategic priorities for contributing to sustainable impact on HIV/AIDS and TB in the region and thereby help reverse the tide of the epidemics.

Published
21 August 2014
From
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
Report: USAID used HIV program in Cuba to foment rebellion

The Associated Press is reporting that an Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change.

Published
04 August 2014
From
Washington Post
Of guidelines, targets and resources: the documents that defined the 2014 International AIDS Conference

If there was a phrase that defined the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), one that surfaced in every few presentations and kept turning up in documents,

Published
26 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
WHO: People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need

Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.

Published
11 July 2014
From
WHO press release
Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations

In this new consolidated guidelines document on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, the World Health Organization brings together all existing guidance relevant to five key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people – and updates selected guidance and recommendations.

Published
11 July 2014
From
World Health Organization
U.K. Omitted From Plan to Eliminate TB in Rich Countries

The U.K. has too big a problem with tuberculosis to participate in a World Health Organization plan to eliminate the world’s second-deadliest disease from more than 30 countries.

Published
04 July 2014
From
Bloomberg
Too soon for rich countries to stop HIV funding in poor ones

The international community expects governments of low- and middle-income countries to invest more funds in their HIV responses, and to move towards fully domestically financed responses. But the political, social, economic and infrastructural factors in many low- and middle-income countries preclude domestic leadership for comprehensive HIV responses.

Published
04 July 2014
From
The Conversation
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