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Harvard School Of Public Health Conference Recognizes PEPFAR Achievements

PEPFAR “has played a major role in changing the course of the global AIDS epidemic,” Harvard Magazine reports. “On January 10, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) recognized that achievement, and its own role therein, by hosting a conference titled ‘PEPFAR in Africa: HSPH’s Role in the Largest Public Health Endeavor in…

PlusNews Examines Potential Cuts In U.S. HIV Funding To Ethiopia

PlusNews discusses potential cuts in U.S. funding for HIV-related activities in Ethiopia and the role of greater in-country funding for health. In 2013, “Ethiopia will experience a 79 percent reduction in U.S. HIV financing from PEPFAR,” according to a blog post written last year by Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and…

U.N. SG Meets With Special Envoys For AIDS, UNAIDS Executive Director To Discuss Future Efforts

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in New York met with his team of U.N. Special Envoys for AIDS to discuss progress in fighting the disease, U.N. Radio/Ghana Broadcasting Corporation reports (1/10). UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe joined the group “to discuss their strategic directions for the year ahead,” a UNAIDS feature story reports.…

Kaiser Family Foundation Publishes Report On Donor Funding For Health In Low- & Middle-Income Countries

The Kaiser Family Foundation on Wednesday published a new report (.pdf), titled “Donor Funding for Health in Low- & Middle-Income Countries, 2002-2010,” that “tracks the most recently available data on funding from donor governments, including the United States, and from multilateral institutions for health in low- and middle-income countries,” according to the report summary.…

PLoS Medicine Articles Look At HIV Care Disengagement, Development Aid, Mental Health

PLoS Medicine Publications Assistant Michael Morris summarizes several articles published this week in the journal in this PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog post. One study “investigate[s] reasons for missed visits and provide[s] an explanation for disengagement from care,” and an accompanying perspective piece comments on the findings, he writes. Another article looks at “whether giving development…

Al Jazeera Examines HIV In Russia

Al Jazeera continues its coverage of HIV in Russia, where “[t]he latest official figures show that about 200 new cases are being recorded every single day.” The news service writes, “HIV is spreading five times faster in Russia than the global average, with Ukraine and Russia accounting for 90 percent of the region’s cases,” adding, “The main source for 60 percent of new infections is dirty needles used to inject drugs.” However, the country has “resisted so-called harm reduction strategies including funding needle exchange programs, angering health workers and global HIV prevention groups,” Al Jazeera writes, noting, “Activists say social stigma is impeding the fight against HIV in Russia.” An accompanying “Inside Story” video report examines how Russia “plan[s] to stem the rise in HIV” (1/4).

Reflecting On Global AIDS Response In 2012

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, who heads the Department of State’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy, reflects on progress made in the global AIDS response over the last year in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, writing, “Through the contributions of many partners, a new day has dawned in the global AIDS response … Today, while the fight is far from over, we are on the road to achieving an AIDS-free generation.” He continues, “As we enter the tenth year of PEPFAR, we do so filled with great hope for a future where an AIDS-free generation is, as [Secretary of State Hillary Clinton] stated, not just a rallying cry — it is a goal within our reach. And I am confident that 2013 can be another extraordinary year” (1/3).

Russian Government Shows ‘Indifference’ To HIV, AIDS Research Center Head Says, Al Jazeera Reports

On average, 200 people are diagnosed with HIV every day in Russia, Al Jazeera reports. “Vadim Pokrovsky, the head of Russia’s AIDS research center, has said that instead of recognizing a crisis — the government is indifferent to the problem,” the news service writes, adding, “‘If we had 200 cases of diarrhea at a children’s pioneer camp, the country’s head sanitation doctor would fly out immediately to save them,’ Pokrovsky said.” Pokrovsky continued, “It would be frightening. Governors would run, helicopters would fly, the police would search for the source of infection, prosecutors would get to work. But here we are seeing that there is complete indifference to this situation,” according to the news service.

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