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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
Slashing aid to emerging economies undercuts Aids/HIV fight, activists warn

Withdrawing support when countries graduate from low- to middle-income status could undermine sustainable development goals, say campaigners.

24 March 2016
The Guardian
With TB now No. 1 global infectious disease killer, USAID justifies cuts to global TB funding

When House Appropriations Committee members in 2014 asked then USAID Administrator Raj Shah how the U.S. could combat tuberculosis globally with 19 percent less money, he said not to worry. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would fill the gap, he said.

21 March 2016
Science Speaks
Do US global AIDS dollars build stability, less violence? Hard to prove

There are many fine reasons for America to promote better health overseas, but we wanted to explore whether the data prove that reducing political instability and violence is one of them. As it turns out, it’s tough to make the case.

08 March 2016
HIV/AIDS long-term costs high -- and unaffordable to most-affected countries

There will be a significant shortfall in the funding needed for HIV control in sub-Saharan Africa in the coming years and those countries with the highest HIV burden will be unable to meet their obligations on their own to sustain control efforts, according to a new study. Domestic financing, the most important source of funding for HIV, will not be sufficient to meet future obligations.

07 March 2016
EurekAlert (press release)
Major increase in EU's contribution to improve global health

EU increases its contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

04 March 2016
European Commission press release
Outflanking the war on drugs?

In April, the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) will adopt a consensus position on drug control, but few are expecting a shake-up to the current, conservative, global framework. However there are some other hopes for change.

03 March 2016
Webinar with the Global Fund: A Look at and the Future of Procurement has been designed to increase the Global Fund’s impact and value for money by streamlining procurement operations, optimizing costs, and supporting countries that are transitioning out of Global Fund financing by facilitating continued access affordable prices for commodities to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

02 March 2016
The Global Fight

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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