“Reducing commodity costs [for antiretroviral drugs] by a mere five to 10 percent can represent hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the global community. In turn these savings translate into millions of more patients who can receive access to life-saving treatment,” David de Ferranti, president of Results for Development Institute (R4D), and Kanika Bahl, managing director at R4D, write in a Huffington Post opinion piece. They discuss a strategic plan for increasing access to and lowering the cost of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) that R4D developed for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
“The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) produce a devastating level of chronic disability in sub-Saharan Africa, with some estimates suggesting that the NTD disease burden exceeds tuberculosis and is one-half that of malaria,” Julie Noblick and Richard Skolnick of George Washington University and Peter Hotez of the Sabin Vaccine Institute write in a PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases editorial. With noted relationships between the prevalence of NTDs and HIV, the diseases “demand a public health response from the established global HIV/AIDS community, in parallel with efforts to scale up NTD control,” they argue.
“Scientists have now provided revolutionary tools to roll back HIV but only a major funding boost, supported especially by emerging giant economies, will determine the outcome,” according to experts speaking in Rome at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Agence France-Presse reports.
Following an audit last year by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that found Papua New Guinea’s National Department of Health (NDOH) “had not complied with grant guidelines and some $7 million had been misdirected,” the government is stepping down as the principal recipient (PR) of Global Fund grants in order to “improve its response,” IRIN reports.
Cutting AIDS funding to China will “be a big mistake for a donor and particularly, for anyone who’s invested in China today, … for the simple reason that this funding is a catalytic fund,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe told Reuters in an interview on Monday.
“Germany is unblocking half of the funding it withheld from” the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “following revelations of corruption earlier this year,” the Associated Press reports.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday announced that programs it supports have distributed 190 million insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families from malaria since 2003, according to mid-year results, a Global Fund press release notes.Â “Of these, 70 million bed nets were distributed in the past…
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Thursday that “it has become a signatory of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which “means that grant information currently on the Global Fund website will be aligned to an internationally agreed set of standards” and “[f]inancial and grant activity…
Eliminating malaria in endemic countries is a “realistic possibility if those countries keep expanding malaria prevention and treatment at the pace set in recent years,” Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s blog.
The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog includes a summaryÂ of a recent Global Fund meeting on HIV financing. “The most dynamic and passionate remarks came from Morolake Odetoyinbo, CEO of the non-governmental organization Positive Action for Treatment Access in Nigeria and a woman living with HIV/AIDS. She argued…