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Number of people receiving ART through programs supported by the Global Fund reaches 10 million

In the first half of 2016, through programs supported by the Global Fund, another 787,000 people were put on antiretroviral treatment (ART) for HIV, bringing the total to date to 10 million, a 9% increase over end-2015 results and a 17% increase over the number a year ago. Three countries account for 77% of the increase from six months ago: Kenya (52%), Tanzania (16%) and Mozambique (9%).

Published
01 February 2017
From
Global Fund Observer
Trump’s Anti-Abortion Rule Is Broader Than Anyone Expected

Donald Trump’s signing of an anti-abortion rule on Monday could put billions of dollars in US aid funding at risk — 14 to 16 times more money than initially thought, according to health groups. The rule applies to all US global health projects, including PEPFAR.

Published
26 January 2017
From
BuzzFeed
Review panel meets to strengthen UNAIDS model

A special panel has begun deliberations on how to strengthen UNAIDS’ unique model and further align it to international efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Published
25 January 2017
From
UNAIDS
The Mexico City Policy: An Explainer

On January 23, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy via presidential memorandum. The policy requires foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning,” using funds from any source (including non-U.S. funds), as a condition for receiving U.S. government global family planning assistance and, as of Jan. 23, 2017, any other U.S. global health assistance.

Published
24 January 2017
From
Kaiser Family Foundation
What will Donald Trump's presidency mean for health? A scorecard

We propose criteria on which the global health community can judge the success or failure of a Trump presidency, based on a selection of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that apply to health.

Published
24 January 2017
From
The Lancet (requires free registration)
Trump retains Deborah Birx at PEPFAR

This Inauguration Day brings an act of compassion, outreach and bipartisanship by the Trump leadership team. The Trump administration will retain Ambassador Deborah Birx as the coordinator of PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) until a successor is named and confirmed. This action was taken, I am told by administration sources, at the urging of Ivanka Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Published
23 January 2017
From
Washington Post
Tragedy Would Unfold If Trump Cancels Bush’s AIDS Program

A questionnaire from the president-elect’s transition team asked whether the extraordinarily successful PEPFAR had become a “massive, international entitlement program,” and whether it was worth the investment.

Published
17 January 2017
From
The Atlantic
Trump Team’s Queries About Africa Point to Skepticism About Aid

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s views of Africa have, until now, been a mystery. But a series of questions from the Trump transition team to the State Department indicate an overall skepticism about the value of foreign aid, and even about American security interests, on the world’s second-largest continent.

Published
17 January 2017
From
New York Times
Global health is good business — Trump should get in the prosperity

There are few issues that have won such consistent bipartisan support or, at a fraction of 1 percent of the federal budget, have produced such concrete economic, security and humanitarian gains for the country and the world.

Published
10 January 2017
From
The Hill
Nearly two-thirds of European HIV cases are now in Russia

The annual number of new cases of HIV increased by at least 8% in 2015 in the whole of the World Health Organization (WHO) European region,

Published
09 January 2017
By
Gus Cairns

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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