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  • Exclusive: UNAIDS executive shortlist

    Five candidates are competing for the top job at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS to replace Michel Sidibé, who led the organization since 2009 and left in May this year amid controversy. The shortlist includes only one woman and four men.

    24 June 2019 | Devex
  • 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.

    12 June 2019 | 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.

    02 June 2019 | 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.

    02 June 2019 | 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.

    02 June 2019 | 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.

    31 May 2019 | 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.

    21 May 2019 | 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.

    16 May 2019 | 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.

    09 May 2019 | 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.

    02 May 2019 | Medical Brief
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