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  • International AIDS Society Commitments in 2018

    An excerpt from the IAS annual letter in advance of the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam.

    26 April 2018 | Poz
  • World at risk of losing control of HIV and AIDS epidemic, PEPFAR architect says

    The HIV and AIDS epidemic could become uncontained if current funding trends continue, warned one of the founding architects of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

    26 April 2018 | Devex
  • A Diplomat’s Perspective on Use of Science and Evidence in Implementing PEPFAR

    The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest international health program by one country devoted to a single disease—HIV/AIDS—changed the way diplomacy and health intersect in many parts of the world…. This is the story of the program’s creation and early implementation from the perspective of the US ambassador to Uganda, among the first countries on the continent to use data and evidence to describe, track, and treat HIV and AIDS patients through PEPFAR.

    23 April 2018 | Science & Diplomacy
  • Claims of sexual harassment and assault threaten UN agency

    The controversy over a high-profile investigation that examined allegations of sexual harassment and assault against a top official of UNAIDS has sent shockwaves throughout the international health community, as details emerge that the issue might have reached far more widely than official data indicate, in the midst of a culture of silence, intimidation, and fear.

    23 April 2018 | The Lancet (requires free registration)
  • Sexual harassment and abuse—the sinister underbelly

    UNAIDS has at best marginalised and at worst buried allegations of sexual harassment. Its responses have been unduly weak and unacceptable, and the announcements of remediation are too little too late. Furthermore, internal loyalty to the existing leadership seems to trump integrity in the organisation, and has contributed to a culture devoid of transparency and accountability.

    23 April 2018 | The Lancet (requires free registration)
  • UN agency chief under pressure to quit over handling of sexual assault inquiry

    The director of UNAids, Michel Sidibé, is facing calls to resign over his handling of a recent sexual assault investigation. Three South African civil society groups have called for an independent inquiry into the agency’s leadership, while the Aids Healthcare Foundation has written to António Guterres, the UN’s secretary general, calling for Sidibé to stand down.

    14 April 2018 | The Guardian
  • The UN’s Internal Struggle with Drug Policy

    Drug policy at UN level is complicated. The division between health and human rights-oriented entities and the entities dealing with drugs is obvious. Without fundamental changes to this system, expectations that change might come from the UN will remain low.

    13 April 2018 | Volte Face
  • World Health Organization Debunks Reports of New HIV Strain

    Respected world agencies are downplaying initial reports of a new strain of HIV found in the Philippines. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have both released statements that soundly reject recent initial media reports that warned their readers of a new, untreatable strain of HIV that has been identified in certain areas.

    13 April 2018 | HIV Plus
  • PEPFAR highlights gains and accountability, while treatment advocates highlight “Deadly Impact” of policy, funding gaps

    The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief today released its 14th Annual Report to Congress, highlighting advances against HIV globally. It leaves open questions about the eventual success of a program facing persisting challenges of unmet needs, a population explosion among those at greatest risks, flat budget allocations, an unprecedentedly restrictive “Mexico City” policy, and the continued threat of radical funding cuts.

    11 April 2018 | Science Speaks
  • Global Fund suspends partnership with Heineken

    The Global Fund has backed out of its partnership with Heineken –– but not, apparently, for the reasons you might think. On 29 March, the Fund said in a brief announcement that it was suspending its partnership with Heineken “because of recent reports of the company’s use of female beer promoters in ways that expose them to sexual exploitation and health risks.”

    04 April 2018 | Global Fund Observer
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