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 â€“ 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).
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Thursday in Paris released a report (.pdf) noting that while it disbursed a record $3 billion in 2010, the $1.3 billion shortfall if faces for 2011-2013, “threaten[s] goals to roll back diseases that together claim more than four million lives a year,” Agence France-Presse reports.
HIV Research Funding: President and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Seth Berkley writes in a post on The Hill’s “Congress Blog”:Â “U.S. government support for research into HIV preventionÂ â€“ most notably an AIDS vaccineÂ â€“ has been crucial to seeding what scientists are calling a prevention revolution. Without it, we…
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 Global Fund is looking at scaling down transparency measures, Global Fund releases statement.
Global Health Experts Discuss Legislative Landscape Of 112th Congress At Kaiser Family Foundation Panel
U.S. global health programs did relatively well in terms of funding in the FY11 budget, but global health policy experts participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday at the Kaiser Family Foundation acknowledged that challenges remain as Congress begins debate on the FY12 budget.
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).
While in Brussels on Monday, Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, spoke about the potential effects several countries’ decisions to temporarily suspend payments to the Geneva-based fund could have on recipient countries, Reuters reports.
In recognition of World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday, the Financial Times published a series of stories on TB worldwide.
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Zimbabwe Government Tries To Address Severe Food Shortages In Some Provinces “Six of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces face severe food shortages, and the government has ordered the country’s grain marketing board (GMB) to send grain to the affected areas, a state daily [the Herald] said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A government…