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Unprecedented extension of Global Gag Rule puts HIV programmes at risk

The Alliance comments: "In implementing this controversial policy, the US government will force organisations to choose between either women’s right to comprehensive health services and advice, or vital support for tens of millions of people living with HIV. This is an impossible dilemma for organisations like ours. We urge the US government to re-evaluate its stance, to ensure that we stay on target to end AIDS by 2030." See also https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/feb/14/bill-and-melinda-gates-trumps-global-gag-rule-endangers-millions-women-girls-us-funding

Published
17 May 2017
From
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Trump nominates Mark Green as USAID administrator

Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Mark Green, a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania and president of the International Republican Institute, to be the next administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development Wednesday.

Published
12 May 2017
From
Devex
EMA and heads of national competent authorities discuss consequences of Brexit

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) organised an information meeting yesterday with members of its Management Board and heads of the National Competent Authorities (NCAs) of the EU/EEA Member States. The goal was to start discussing how the work related to the evaluation and monitoring of medicines will be shared between Member States in view of the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union.

Published
02 May 2017
From
EMA
The CEO of HIV

Michael Weinstein’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation treats an enormous number of patients — and makes an enormous amount of money. Is that why so many activists distrust him?

Published
26 April 2017
From
New York Times
Three countries get first malaria vaccine

The world's first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi - starting in 2018. The four-shot vaccine should prevent four in 10 cases of the disease.

Published
24 April 2017
From
BBC
The Future Of Investment In PEPFAR: Understanding PEPFAR’s Multiple Economic, Health, And Diplomatic Impacts

At a time when the future of the program is in doubt due to possibly severe budget cuts to the US State Department (where PEPFAR is based) proposed by the new administration, we thought it would be an opportune moment to highlight some of the key studies we have published exploring PEPFAR’s role in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Published
19 April 2017
From
Health Affairs
The U.S. Should Continue Its Fight against AIDS in Children

PEPFAR is a standout example of how to achieve great things through strategic U.S. foreign-assistance investments — and of how public–private partnerships can wed the efficiencies of the private sector with the scale and reach of the public sector. By maintaining the program’s funding — something we both advocate — the United States and this administration will be well positioned to celebrate a historic public-health achievement: the end of the AIDS epidemic for an entire generation of children.

Published
10 April 2017
From
National Review
Former U.S. president Bush touts signature Africa AIDS programme in Botswana

Former U.S. President George W. Bush touted his signature aid project for Africa during a visit to Botswana on Tuesday, saying he hoped Washington would recognise its importance in saving lives threatened by AIDS.

Published
05 April 2017
From
Reuters
Trump Sends Chilling Proposal to Congress with Deadly Proposition - Cap HIV Treatment Expansion Immediately

President Donald Trump included a chilling proposal last week in his request for the as yet unresolved 2017 federal budget: slash funding for the wildly successful and bipartisan-backed President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by $300 million and "begin slowing the rate of new patients on treatment in FY 17."

Published
05 April 2017
From
Health GAP
Global Fund untouched by Trump’s proposed budget cuts

The United States will meet its commitment to the Global Fund, according to the budget blueprint which President Donald Trump sent to Congress in March. During the most recent replenishment drive for the Global Fund, the U.S., under the Obama administration, pledged $4.3 billion for 2017-2019, or $1.43 billion a year.

Published
05 April 2017
From
Global Fund Observer

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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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