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Thanks From Global Fund Executive Director Kazatchkine

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, “[a]long with our partners, both donors and implementers, [is] changing the story of scores of nations that were once devastated by three killer diseases — diseases which seemed invincible,” Global Fund Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine writes in a Huffington Post opinion piece, adding “we are now saving more than one million lives every year.”

Immediate Action Needed To Curb Spread Of TB, Especially Among Children

In this entry in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Kolleen Bouchane, director of ACTION, an international partnership of advocates working to mobilize resources to treat and prevent the spread of tuberculosis (TB), examines the need for improved TB vaccines and diagnostics in order to curb the spread of multidrug-resistant TB, especially among children, and highlights ACTION’s new report (.pdf), “Children and Tuberculosis: Exposing a Hidden Epidemic,” which she says “exposes the link between TB and orphaned and vulnerable children, malnourished children or children living with HIV.”

'Science Speaks' Interviews Director Of Multilateral Diplomacy At OGAC

In the second in a series of interviews with staff members of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), which is responsible for PEPFAR, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog speaks with Winnie Roberts, director of multilateral diplomacy at OGAC. Roberts discusses negotiations surrounding the…

Independent Panel Calls For Stronger Financial Safeguards For Global Fund

After a six-month review of the financial systems at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a seven-member independent panel “recommended a substantial overhaul Monday in the grant organization’s practices,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The panel, led by former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt and former Botswana President Festus Mogae, “said in a report the fund must improve risk management, simplify grant application processes, and place greater emphasis on results,” according to the newspaper.

Global Fund Facility Offering Subsidized Malaria Drugs 'Could Do More Harm Than Good'

In this article in The American, a journal of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Roger Bate, the Legatum Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Richard Tren, director of Africa Fighting Malaria, write that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria “launched a $225 million facility that offers subsidized malaria drugs …provid[ing] subsidies so that shops can sell relatively expensive drugs at low cost, thereby using the reach and power of markets to save lives,” they write, adding that the mechanism “is perverting the market for malaria drugs and could do more harm than good.” The authors call on Congress to examine the subsidy system, writing, “The United States is not funding the subsidy, but the subsidy is harming programs the United States is supporting. Understanding and then stopping wasteful spending decisions would save money and lives” (9/8).

Dwindling Donor Funding In Burundi Leads To National Shortage Of ARVs

“Burundian NGOs say at least 20 people have died” as a result of a “months-long shortage” of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), although “Ministry of Health officials could not be reached to confirm the number of people affected,” PlusNews reports. “More than 60,000 Burundians need HIV treatment, but only about 25,000 have access to ARVs,” according to the news agency, which adds, “The shortage has been blamed on dwindling donor funds and a disorganized health ministry.”

Global Fund Official Says Global Economic Downturn Affecting Resource Mobilization

ABC Radio Australia’s “Connect Asia” features an interview with Christophe Benn, director of external relations for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Benn said “it has become much more difficult to mobilize resources” since the 2008-09 economic downturn and “a great deal of mobilization, both of public and private donors” is needed to maintain ongoing projects that receive donations from the Global Fund (Cochrane, 8/23).

Faith-Based Organizations Assist In Fight Against Malaria

Natasha Bilimoria, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses the importance of faith-based organizations in battling malaria in this post on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “Reaching people where they live, work and worship is as important for supporters as…

Global Fund To Resume Suspended Grants To China

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which “froze disbursements of its AIDS grant to China in November and all other grants in May over suspected misuse of the money and the government’s reluctance to involve community groups, … said Tuesday that it was lifting the freeze on financing to ensure that AIDS work in China continued while it worked with government officials, representatives from United Nations agencies and private groups to resolve the dispute,” the Associated Press reports.

U.S Global Malaria Coordinator Discusses U.S. Investment In Global Fight Against Malaria

In a Malaria Policy Center “Malaria Watch TV” video post, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer “speak[s] with the Malaria Policy Center about the status of the malaria fight and how the U.S. is leading the way against this preventable and treatable disease,” the organization writes. The “U.S.…