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Foreign Policy Examines GHI, PEPFAR

Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago … now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Editorial Reflects On Need To Integrate HIV/AIDS, TB Prevention, Treatment Services Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, held July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria, a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial notes, “While there has been welcome progress in making ART available, HIV/AIDS raises other challenges that we are only…

Also In Global Health News: Clinton To Haiti; Global Fund Suspends Zambian Aid; Ugandan Health Workers; MDG Summit; Rwandan Health Insurance; HIV Drugs In Kenya

Former President Clinton To Return To Haiti Reuters reports that former President Bill Clinton will return to Haiti to “jump-start” the country’s post-earthquake reconstruction. Clinton will head the first meeting of Haiti’s reconstruction commission, “part of a sorely needed effort to better coordinate international aid efforts, [Prime Minister Jean-Max] Bellerive…

Opinions: Maintain Fight Against HIV/AIDS; Ending MTCT of HIV; Impact Of U.S. Health Reform On Foreign-Trained Physicians

U.N. Secretary-General Calls For International Community To ‘Rally Around’ Next Generation Of HIV Treatment, Increase Support For Countries In Need Following a recent trip to the largest HIV/AIDS clinic in Uganda, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reflects on the recent progress made in the fight against the disease in a McClatchy opinion…

CSIS Report Recounts Adversities Faced By Global Fund In 2011, Suggests Strategies For Moving Forward

This report (.pdf), published by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on Monday and titled “Righting the Global Fund,” recounts the adversity faced by the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria over the course of 2011 and suggests potential strategies for addressing these challenges going forward (2/27). “Aside from the major challenges of ensuring adequate funding from donors, there are five critical areas where the Global Fund will need to concentrate its repair efforts this year” — grant oversight, management, governance, program inefficiencies, financial forecasting and donor reliability — and “five priorities that should guide the U.S. government’s approach to the fund” — fund management, operational integration, diplomacy, consistent messaging to Congress, and the integration of science data and innovation, the authors write in the report (Morrison/Summers, 2/27).

Global Health Community Should Save AMFm Because It Saves Lives

The Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria began as a pilot program in 2010 to “provide a ‘co-payment’ to the manufacturers of [artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs)], thereby allowing commercial wholesalers and private or government health services to purchase the drugs at a fraction of the already low negotiated price,” Kenneth Arrow, a Nobel laureate in economic sciences in 1972 and an emeritus professor of economics at Stanford University, writes in a New York Times opinion piece. The program subsidized ACTs — a newer, more effective malaria treatment — to “sell [them] as cheaply as [less-effective] chloroquine in Africa’s private pharmacies and shops, where half of all patients first seek treatment for malaria-like fevers,” he states. “Strikingly, it has worked,” Arrow writes, noting a recent independent review of the program published in the Lancet.

International Community Must Allocate Resources To Fund ‘Ambitious’ Global Fund Strategy Against TB

Noting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria met last week to discuss progress in fighting the three diseases, Lucy Chesire, executive director and secretary to the board of the TB ACTION Group, interviews Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, about the global response to tuberculosis (TB) in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. In the blog, Ditiu summarizes the state of the global TB response, discusses the emergence of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), and addresses the Global Fund’s role in the response to TB and the future of these efforts. “The Global Fund has an ambitious strategy that includes important milestones for anti-TB efforts,” Ditiu said, adding, “The international community must find a way to fund that strategy and to ensure that resources are allocated in a way that achieves the greatest good for the greatest number of people,” according to the blog (11/16).

German Government Releases Remainder Of 2012 Global Fund Donation

Following the appointment of Ambassador Mark Dybul to be the next executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as the Global Fund Board’s adoption of a new funding model, German Development Minister Dirk Niebel released his government’s next payment to the Global Fund in the amount of 100 million euros ($128 million), according to a press release from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. With the release of funds, the total contribution of the German government to the Global Fund in 2012 is 200 million euros ($256 million), the press release notes (11/16).