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With Financial Commitment, Obama Can Add ‘End Of AIDS’ To His Legacy

“In his State of the Union address, President Obama stated with confidence that the promise of an AIDS-free generation is within our reach,” Archbishop Emeritus of Capetown Desmond Tutu writes in a USA Today opinion piece, adding, “We currently possess the power to begin to end a global pandemic that has killed…

New IOM Report Highlights PEPFAR’s Successes, Makes Recommendations For Continued Progress

PEPFAR “has saved and improved millions of lives worldwide and offered proof that HIV/AIDS services can be effectively delivered on a large scale even in countries with high rates of disease and resource constraints, says a new congressionally mandated evaluation conducted by the Institute of Medicine” (IOM) and released on Wednesday, a press…

AIDS-Free Generation Is Within Reach But Only With Fully-Funded Global Fund

In the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, ACTION Director Kolleen Bouchane highlights President Barack Obama’s mention of global development and global health in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades, by connecting more people…

China’s New First Lady Has Ability To Influence Public Health Activism

In an opinion piece published on contextChina, Robert O’Brien, a PhD candidate in international relations at the University of Oxford, examines how China’s new first lady, acclaimed folk singer Peng Liyuan, might influence public health activism in the country. “While Peng is not likely to wield the sort of power held…

South African Government Should Take Responsibility For HIV/AIDS Treatment

Noting the many successes of PEPFAR, Stuart Rennie, co-principal investigator of NIH/Fogarty bioethics grants for the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa, writes in his “Global Bioethics Blog,” “HIV requires lifelong treatment, and it is not healthy to have your existence depend on the decisions of a foreign government,…

Researchers, Organizations Urge Secretary Of State Kerry To Support AIDS Funding

“Saying they are ‘gravely concerned about reports that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests for PEPFAR and the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] fail to provide adequate resources,’ researchers and physicians from programs, centers and institutions leading the international AIDS response sent a letter to Secretary of State…

Will Secretary Kerry Influence The White House AIDS Budget?

As John Kerry begins his role as Secretary of State, “some very important decisions will be being made, including the budget for the coming year for key development programs. Will Secretary Kerry fix the administration’s AIDS budget problem?” AIDS and human rights activist Matthew Kavanagh writes in the Huffington Post…

Guardian Reports On HIV-Related Employment Discrimination Case In China

“An aspiring teacher in south-east China has become the country’s first person to win compensation for an HIV-related employment discrimination, according to state media reports,” the Guardian writes. “The man had passed a written test and interview for the job last June; he took the local education bureau to court…

HIV/AIDS Legal Assessment Tool Aims To Tackle HIV-Related Discrimination

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, examines the HIV/AIDS Legal Assessment Tool (.pdf) created by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. She says the tool “aims to tackle HIV-related discrimination by assessing countries’ compliance…

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