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Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 225 of its “Global Fund Observer.” The issue includes an article highlighting the launch of a pilot project to assist 10 country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) to engage key populations; an article highlighting a…

Devex Profiles Head Of Global Fund’s Critical Enablers And Civil Society Group

Devex profiles Kate Thomson, “an HIV-positive individual who used to work for the [Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] back in its early days as manager of civil society relations,” noting she is returning to the organization “to lead a group of specialists whose role is to ensure…

WHO TB Report Reveals ‘Massive Disconnect’ In Global TB Response

Noting the release of the WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2013 on Wednesday, which “declared multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) a ‘public health crisis,'” ACTION Director Kolleen Bouchane writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog, “The new WHO report reveals massive disconnect between what is clearly a crisis situation and a…

ABC Radio Australia Interviews Global Fund Executive Director Dybul

ABC Radio Australia correspondent Sen Lam interviews Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, about the country’s support of the fund, noting, “Since 2004, Australia has contributed $250 million to the Global Fund with a further $170 million committed by 2013.” According to…

Global Fund Withdrawal From Romania Negatively Impacting HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Reflecting on a visit to Bucharest last week in an effort “to understand the origin of the recent outbreak of HIV among people who use drugs in the city,” Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, writes in the Huffington Post U.K.’s…

Efforts To Fight HIV/AIDS, NTDs Should Be Integrated

“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.

Reducing Commodity Costs For ARVs Could Mean Providing Treatment To Millions More People

“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.

Global Fund Donations Needed To Support Scaling Up AIDS Treatment

With the new knowledge that providing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to people living with HIV “contribut[es] to a sharp slowdown in the spread of the virus,” “scaling up treatment now may prove to be the least expensive option if we want to bring this deadly pandemic, which still infects 1.8 million people every year, under control,” Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria writes in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog.”

Lancet Reports On Global Fund Donors That Have Held Back Contributions

Several donors to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “continue to hold back their contributions for this year … add[ing] up to more than $500 million that the Global Fund had been counting on for this year out of a total budget of about $3 billion,” the Lancet 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.…