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Civil Society Groups Tell UNITAID: Support access mechanisms led by civil society, not the pharmaceutical industry

Letters from global groups express deep concerns about the Medicines Patent Pool’s entry into hepatitis C treatment.

Published
05 May 2015
From
Hep C Coalition
Pre-exposure prophylaxis works—it's time to deliver

The science is now clear: oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with a coformulation of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine (Truvada) significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection among individuals at high risk of HIV infection. The news that PrEP has shown consistent efficacy among those who take it as prescribed should be a cause for celebration, and galvanise action to ensure access to PrEP for those who could benefit the most.

Published
17 April 2015
From
The Lancet
"Finally, the Global Fund is focused on human beings": Dybul delivers executive director's report

Switching gears from a typical executive director's report to the Board during the Global Fund's 33rd meeting on 31 March, Mark Dybul reflected on the six trips he had made in the first quarter of 2015 that demonstrated what he said were the breadth and flexibility inherent in the new funding model.

Published
02 April 2015
From
Global Fund Observer
Alert: Serbia is losing harm reduction

The situation with harm reduction in Serbia is getting increasingly alarming after withdrawal of the Global Fund. Three organizations doing HR programs in Serbia for more than a decade are struggling to maintain services. We want a different future for their beneficiaries. ""Please use your communication with donors to put Serbia back as eligible for funding the harm reduction programs - we keep knocking on closed doors. The EU is the biggest donor here and has no health programs whatsoever; as for other donors, we are ineligible whomever we approach, and keep losing on relevance to the calls,“ says Miodrag Atanasjevic, NGO Veza, Belgrade, Serbia.

Published
02 April 2015
From
Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
MSM and transgender people are absent from the Global Fund country dialogue in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) are not involved in strategic discussions around HIV in most nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Lack of reliable epidemiological data, high stigma, and policies that restrict the access of MSM and TG to information on HIV preclude the two key populations from meaningfully participating in the country dialogue processes.

Published
01 April 2015
From
EATG
UNAIDS holds virtual consultation for its 2016–2021 Strategy

UNAIDS is holding its first round of virtual consultations to develop its 2016–2021 Strategy. From 23 March to 2 April, the consultation process will be open to everyone to share information, ideas and experiences on how to accelerate rights-based, evidence-informed action to Fast-Track the AIDS response.

Published
26 March 2015
From
UNAIDS
From the Gates Foundation, Direct Investment, Not Just Grants

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has distributed billions of dollars in grants to improve health and living conditions in developing countries, is increasingly expanding its tool kit, using some of its capital to invest directly in companies that could help advance its goals.

Published
13 March 2015
From
New York Times
US PEPFAR abstinence and faithfulness funding had no impact on sexual behaviour in Africa

Nearly US$1.3 billion spent on US-funded programmes to promote abstinence and faithfulness in sub-Saharan Africa had no significant impact on sexual behaviour in 14 countries in sub-Saharan

Published
26 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
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.

Published
24 February 2015
From
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.

Published
16 February 2015
From
Science Speaks
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