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Hard choices in Russia as the final HIV grant proposal is submitted

The concept note delivered on 8 September for Russia's last HIV grant from the Global Fund was a perfect illustration of the conundrum facing a growing number of Eastern European/Central Asian countries: how to do more with less to fight a widening HIV epidemic. As more countries from the region 'graduate' from Global Fund eligibility due to their income classification, the funds that they could once count on to support prevention, harm reduction and other programs targeting vulnerable populations are disappearing. And there is little evidence that most national budgets are prepared or able to fill the vacuum.

Published
25 September 2014
From
Aidspan
Russia's harm reduction programs threatened by want of funds

Activists fear that due to new ceilings on the size of their grants from the Global Fund, which has been the main source of funding for harm reduction in the absence of government funds, the number of infections could drive higher.

Published
25 September 2014
From
Global Fund Observer
Ebola responders look to lessons from HIV

As the Ebola crisis deepens in West Africa, health leaders are taking cues from the international response to another deadly virus that has ravaged the continent — HIV.

Published
22 September 2014
From
The Hill
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

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