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S. African President Praises Country’s HIV/AIDS Policies In National Speech

South African news outlets report on President Jacob Zuma’s mention of HIV/AIDS policies in his State of the Nation address. SAPA/Independent Online: Zuma proud of HIV/AIDS turnaround “A turnaround in South Africa’s HIV and AIDS policies was a great achievement by the country’s government, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.…

African Officials Attend UNAIDS, Lancet Commission Meeting In London

A Rwandan news outlet and the Government of Ghana report on the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission meeting that took place in London on Thursday. New Times Rwanda: UNAIDS meet discusses global health “The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, [Thursday] joined the other UNAIDS and Lancet Commissioners in London for a meeting…

Global Commission On HIV Releases Follow-Up Recommendations

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses follow-up recommendations for the Global Commission on HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health report (.pdf) that was released in July 2012. The follow-up report (.pdf) “comes with recommendations to advance the recommendations [of the 2012 report], including outreach to…

Simultaneous Treatment For Patients With TB, AIDS Is More Effective, Study Says

New York Times: Treating Tuberculosis and AIDS Together Saves Lives “Patients who have multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis and AIDS are more likely to live if they get simultaneous treatment for both diseases rather than waiting weeks to start the AIDS treatment, a new study has found…” (McNeil, 2/17).

Rwandan Newspaper Highlights Nation’s 10-Year Relationship With Global Fund

New Times Rwanda: Ten years of Global Fund in Rwanda “On February 11, the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health signed an agreement with Global Fund, an international financing organization that aims to attract and disburse resources to prevent and treat HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. … The same…

Global Fund Is Part Of ‘Winning Team’ To Fight AIDS, TB, Malaria

In a guest blog post for Funders Concerned About AIDS, Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses the success of the Global Fund’s partnership model. Derrick notes, “Winning the fights against the world’s most challenging global health threats — including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis,…

UNAIDS Denounces Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

News outlets report on the controversy surrounding Uganda’s anti-gay law. Although the country faces threats of foreign aid cuts, other African countries, including Gambia, announce their support of similar stances. U.N. News Centre: Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill has ‘serious human rights implications’ — UNAIDS “The United Nations agency leading the global…

PEPFAR, South African Partnership Laying Foundation For Healthier Future

Huffington Post: The Power of Partnership: Extraordinary Progress, Lessons Learned and Great Hope for the Future in South Africa Deborah von Zinkernagel, acting global AIDS coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “…Our health partnership with South Africa is becoming a model for other PEPFAR-supported countries. Like any new…

Bloomberg Businessweek Examines Russia’s AIDS Epidemic

Bloomberg Businessweek: Russian HIV Surge Shows Scourge Sochi Swagger Can’t Mask “…Hidden from the outside world and abetted by policies that critics say promote infections rather than curbing them, the HIV scourge plaguing Russia is one that even the poorest countries have begun to subdue. As Putin puts the final…

CGD Paper Outlines Priority Areas For Next U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“…I convened a group of stakeholders — including advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers — to discuss the future direction of PEPFAR and consider top priorities for the next Global AIDS Coordinator. … The resulting paper ‘Clear Direction for a New Decade: Priorities for PEPFAR and the Next U.S. Global AIDS…