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What's behind PEPFAR's funding cut threats?

As it wraps up its latest funding round, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is prepared to introduce unprecedented cuts to country programs in sub-Saharan Africa, designed to spur domestic policy changes and programmatic improvements. But observers warn that if enacted, the cuts could undermine advances those countries have made against the HIV epidemic, particularly among marginalized communities that struggle to access health services.

Published
12 June 2019
From
Devex
Special Report: As Trump rewrites health rules, Pence sees conservative agenda born again

In a sweeping social policy shift, the Trump administration is seeking to remake health rules at home and abroad for women, gay and transgender people, restricting access to abortion, curtailing support for contraception and narrowing the scope of civil rights in healthcare.

Published
02 June 2019
From
Reuters
WHO agrees watered-down resolution on transparency in drug costs

Countries at the World Health Organization agreed on Tuesday to push for clearer drug pricing, after watering down a draft resolution that would have also required pharmaceutical firms to disclose the cost of making medicines.

Published
02 June 2019
From
Reuters
World Health Assembly Approves Milestone Resolution On Price Transparency

The World Health Assembly today approved a milestone resolution to support greater public disclosure of prices for medicines and other health products – capping a nail-biting series of negotiations that continued until the very moment the measure came to the floor. In a highly unusual move, Germany, the United Kingdom and Hungary “disassociated” themselves from the measure, “Improving the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines and other health products,” complaining that its far-reaching implications were not fully appreciated, and that the four-month review period since the draft resolution’s submission by lead sponsor Italy had been insufficient.

Published
02 June 2019
From
Health Policy Watch
UNAIDS survey aligns with so-called fourth 90 for HIV/AIDS

The survey echoes a trend in the community to take notice of mental wellness when thinking of public health interventions to fight HIV/AIDS.

Published
31 May 2019
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
UNAIDS launches Health Innovation Exchange to connect innovations in health to country needs and investments

UNAIDS and partners have launched a new initiative to leverage the potential of innovations to improve the health of all. The Health Innovation Exchange will link innovators to investors and innovations to implementers. Launched on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, the initiative aims to support global efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

Published
21 May 2019
From
UNAIDS press release
UNAIDS calls on countries to remove discriminatory laws and enact laws that protect people from discrimination

Ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), on 17 May, UNAIDS is calling on all countries to remove discriminatory laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Discriminatory laws drive key populations out of reach of critical health and social services.

Published
16 May 2019
From
UNAIDS
Damaged in Scandal, Head of U.N. AIDS Agency Resigns Suddenly

The head of the United Nations agency created to eradicate the AIDS crisis resigned “with immediate effect” on Wednesday, five months after his leadership was impugned in a damning report about workplace sexual harassment and bullying.

Published
09 May 2019
From
New York Times
NGOs claim victory over US funding cut to South Africa’s HIV programmes

A plan to cut US funding to South Africa for HIV programmes is likely to be reversed – as long as the quality of services for people living with HIV is increased, say health NGOs. “The turnaround is a major victory for people living with HIV in the country, as critical resources will be restored,” eight NGOs are quoted in The Times as saying.

Published
02 May 2019
From
Medical Brief
South Africa: Cutting U.S. funding will harm people with HIV most

Arguably the biggest challenge facing South Africa’s HIV response today is how to support many more people living with HIV to start and, importantly, stay on treatment. Doing this in the context of a dysfunctional healthcare system will not be easy, but cannot be shied away from. Yet instead of receiving commitment to do what it will take to make this happen, South Africa is facing the threat of dramatic cuts in U.S. government funding that risk derailing future progress, gambling with people’s health and lives.

Published
25 April 2019
From
Health GAP
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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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