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Interim leader appointed as Global Fund election restarts

The Global Fund has appointed an interim head and reopened its search for a permanent leader after initial recruitment efforts were clouded by controversy.

Published
10 March 2017
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
Trump's foreign aid proposal rattles global health advocates

The Trump administration's proposal to cut foreign aid signals a substantial shift away from a US leadership role in global health—even if Congress tempers the policy.

Published
10 March 2017
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
TB partners, patients ask: How does a bacterium responsible for nearly a third of drug-resistance deaths not make list of R&D priority pathogens?

While the unveiling of a list highlighting the need to fund drug development against specific pathogens represented just a beginning for some antimicrobial resistance fighting efforts, the list represented a setback for TB drug development, advocates say.

Published
02 March 2017
From
Science Speaks
After fracas, Global Fund abandons plan to pick new chief and reopens search

Leaks. Concerns about alienating President Donald Trump. Allegations about conflicts of interest. All of those reasons factored in to a surprise decision today by the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to restart its search for a new executive director.

Published
28 February 2017
From
Science
The Medicines Patents Pool Publishes 2017 Prioritization Report Targeting New HIV and Hepatitis C Medicines for In-licensing

The Medicines Patent Pool released its 2017 prioritization report today selecting five HIV and two hepatitis C compounds for potential licensing agreements. The annual medicines priority report, traditionally reviewing MPP’s target list for HIV, this year expands to important treatments for the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Published
28 February 2017
From
Medicines Patent Pool
Women at the centre: WHO issues new guidance on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV

A woman-centred approach to healthcare is one that consciously adopts the perspectives of women, their families and communities. This means that health services see women as active participants in, as well as beneficiaries of, trusted health systems that respond to women’s needs, rights and preferences in humane and holistic ways.

Published
23 February 2017
From
World Health Organization
WHO guidelines on hepatitis B and C testing

These are the first WHO guidelines on testing for chronic HBV and HCV infection and complement published guidance by WHO on the prevention, care and treatment of chronic hepatitis C and hepatitis B infection. These guidelines outline the public health approach to strengthening and expanding current testing practices for HBV and HCV, and are intended for use across age groups and populations.

Published
21 February 2017
From
World Health Organization
A Contentious List of Finalists for Global Aid Fund Group’s Director

Three candidates to become the next director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are likely to draw harsh scrutiny from the fund’s largest donor, the United States.

Published
19 February 2017
From
New York Times
Trump's 'global gag rule' endangers millions of women and children, says Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates warn of dire impact of order that blocks US funding for family planning and health services.

Published
14 February 2017
From
The Guardian
Anthony Fauci: What Three Decades Of Pandemic Threats Can Teach Us About The Future

One of the most important challenges facing the new Administration is preparedness for the pandemic outbreak of an infectious disease. Infectious diseases will continue to pose a significant threat to public health and the economies of countries worldwide. The U.S. government will need to continue its investment to combat these diseases wherever they emerge, and to conduct crucial research and development of medical countermeasures in the form of vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics to rapidly respond to emerging infectious disease threats.

Published
13 February 2017
From
Health Affairs

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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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