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Political Engagement With China Influences Involvement In Health

After discussing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s decision to freeze grant payments to China, Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes on the council’s “Asia Unbound” blog, “In order to encourage the participation of China’s civil society groups…

Media Examine Funding For HIV/AIDS As Disease Turns 30

“As the war on AIDS heads into its fourth decade, the need for funds is spiralling relentlessly higher, prompting a quest for new resources from consumer levies to contributions from developing giants,” Agence France-Presse/France 24 reports (5/30).

Global Fund Freezes Grants To China Over Suspected Misuse Of Funds

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has frozen “payments of grants to China worth hundreds of millions of dollars over suspected misuse of the money and the government’s reluctance to involve community groups in the projects,” the Associated Press reports (5/24).

IPS Examines Subsidized Malaria Drugs In Kenya

Inter Press Service looks at the roll out of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) in Kenya. The program, which is managed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, makes subsidized malaria medications available through private pharmacies in seven other pilot countries – Cambodia, Ghana, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. In Kenya, some of the pharmacies have not passed along the subsidized drugs savings to their customers, so “the Kenyan government has embarked on awareness campaigns through the media to inform Kenyans of the availability of the drugs, and the recommended prices per dose” (Esipisu, 5/19).

Recent Releases In Global Health

HIV Research Funding: President and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Seth Berkley writes in a post on The Hill’s “Congress Blog”: “U.S. government support for research into HIV prevention – most notably an AIDS vaccine – has been crucial to seeding what scientists are calling a prevention revolution. Without it, we…

AP Reports On Global Fund’s Release Of Information On Corruption, Fund Responds

After an Associated Press story on Friday reported that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “will make public more detailed information about money it has lost to corruption and mismanagement, but won’t release other information critics have sought … that might have made it possible to calculate how much of the money investigated is lost to corruption, or what percentage of the fund’s overall disbursements are misspent” (Heilprin, 5/13), the Global Fund released a statement saying it “remain[s] fully committed to accountability for the intentions, process, funding and results of our projects.”

AP Reports On Global Fund Malaria Drug Thefts, Issues Correction

The Associated Press on Wednesday published an article reporting that hundreds of millions of dollars of malaria medication had been stolen from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but later issued a correction (4/20).