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PEPFAR Pledges Support For ‘Saving Mothers, Giving Life’

Huffington Post: Saving Mothers, Giving Life: New Year, New Results for Maternal Health Deborah von Zinkernagel, acting U.S global AIDS coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “…A newly published study in the Lancet estimates that a quarter of all deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa…

Report Examines PEPFAR Transition In South Africa

Health GAP and its partners on Wednesday released a report that “looks at the PEPFAR ‘transition’ in [South Africa] — moving from ‘directly supporting’ over one million people on ARV treatment in South Africa in early 2011 to a near complete withdrawal from support for ‘direct services.’ … The report…

UNAIDS, World Bank Endorse Four Areas Of Action To Address AIDS, Inequality, Poverty

“During a high-level meeting and discussions in Washington last week, UNAIDS and the World Bank Group endorsed four areas of action to accelerate efforts that address the interrelated challenges of AIDS, inequality and extreme poverty. UNAIDS and the World Bank Group have committed to work closely with UNDP and other…

Researcher Discusses Need For USAID Support Of Microbicide R&D

In its fourth and final post in its series highlighting the impact of USAID’s commitment to global health research and development (R&D), the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog features an interview with Cynthia Gama, “a principal investigator with MatCH [who] works with the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) in…

PEPFAR Should ‘Become A Leader In Transparency’

Lancet Global Health: Governance and transparency at PEPFAR Matthew Kavanagh of the University of Pennsylvania and Health GAP and Brook Baker of Northeastern University School of Law and Health GAP “The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been one of the most effective foreign aid programs in…

Studies Examine Drug-Resistant TB, New HIV Infections Among Youth In South Africa

Media outlets report on news surrounding HIV and tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa. Agence France-Presse: Probe highlights risk from South Africa’s drug-resistant TB “A long-term probe has found that South Africans with highly drug-resistant TB are ‘systematically’ discharged from hospital without being cured, placing themselves and others at risk, its…

Study Launched In Asia Examining Challenges To Hepatitis C, HIV Treatment

Thomson Reuters Foundation: First regional study on hepatitis C and HIV co-infection launched in Asia “The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has launched the first regional study in Asia looking at obstacles in treating people living with hepatitis C and HIV in low and middle-income countries…” (Win, 1/16).

Russia’s ‘No Methadone’ Method Fails To Curb HIV

Bloomberg News: Russia’s Cold Turkey Fails to Stem HIV Among Drug Users “Yekaterinburg, the Siberian city where drug users used to be handcuffed to their beds to help them quit, exemplifies Russia’s efforts to stamp out the habit in a nation that has the most HIV-infected addicts. … While its…

Blog Reviews Report On PEPFAR’s Transition To Country Ownership In South Africa

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses a new report by Health GAP and an accompanying article published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes about PEPFAR’s efforts in South Africa to transition to country ownership. “…The report’s eight concrete recommendations specific to the South Africa…