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Global Fund Taps Former HHS Sec., Former President Of Botswana To Lead External Investigation Of Its Financial Controls

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday named former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and former President of Botswana Festus Mogae to co-chair “an external review of its financial systems, amid heightened scrutiny from donors over misuse of some grants and a potential funding reduction from the U.S.,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

UNAIDS, UNDP, WHO Release Policy Brief Advising Countries On Using TRIPS Flexibilities To Drive Down HIV Treatment Costs

Amid growing concerns over the long-term sustainability of access to affordable HIV/AIDS drugs, UNAIDS, WHO and the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Tuesday released a policy brief (.pdf) advising countries on how they can successfully use rules written into the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to lower the cost of and increase access to HIV treatment, Intellectual Property Watch reports.

Also In Global Health News: Cholera In Haiti; Treating Recurring TB; Preventing Malaria Deaths; Cash Incentives For Women in Africa; Traditional Birth Attendants In Malawi; PMTCT In Namibia

Cholera Epidemic In Haiti Could Affect Twice As Many As Previously Estimated The cholera epidemic in post-quake Haiti could affect as many as 800,000 people and kill 11,000 by December, twice the number the U.N. estimated would be affected, according to a study published in The Lancet, National Journal reports.…

Also In Global Health News: TB, HIV Drug Shortages In Zambia; HIV Drug Development; Water Access In Angloa; Online Disease Tracking System; AIDS Deaths Fall In South Africa

IRIN/PlusNews Examines TB, HIV Drug Shortages In Zambia IRIN/PlusNews reports on the severe HIV and tuberculosis drug stock-outs and rationing that has occurred in Zambia, which lost its funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria late last year. Lynn Tamba, TB program officer at the Christian Health Association…

Opinions: Reforms At USAID; Focus on Disease Prevention, Not Earthquake-Related Death Prevention; Fight NCDs In Developing Countries; Cash On Delivery; Destroy Smallpox Stocks; Global Health Funding Cuts’ Affect On Women; Budget Cuts Will Erode Family Planning Programs

USAID Needs Time, Resources To Succeed During these tight fiscal times, “we need to modernize our International Affairs programs with a greater emphasis on transparency, accountability and effectiveness” in order to “be fiscally responsible and still make the critical investments we need in our International Affairs Budget,” former Rep. Mark…

Also In Global Health News: Political Uprisings Could Help Arab Women; Parents Of HIV-Positive Libyan Children Speak; Scientific Commission For Global Food Security; Laura Bush On Foreign Aid Cuts; FDA Approves HIV/AIDS Drug For Kids

Political Uprisings in North Africa Could Help Women Gain Political, Economic Rights Bloomberg News/Boston Globe examines how the recent political uprisings in Egypt and neighboring countries could lead to new opportunities for women in the region. The article describes the challenges Arab women in the countries face, as documented in…

Recent Releases In Global Health

The following is a sampling of blog posts published this week marking International Women’s Day : PEPFAR’s Gender Challenge Fund:  At the Intersection of Gender and HIV (Goosby, 3/11). A Conversation in Afghanistan: Perspectives on International Women’s Day (Ehsaas, 3/9). The Best Investment in Global Women’s Health (Sturchio/Barnes, 3/8). Why…

Also In Global Health News: U.S. $12.6M Commitment To Cote d’Ivoire; Business Leaders Help Boost Women’s Equity; Ghana To Improve Rural Health; Rwandan Malaria Fight; HIV Clinic In Uganda Offers HPV Vaccine

U.S. Commits $12.6M In Emergency Aid To Cote d’Ivoire President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. will “provide $12.6 million in emergency funds to help people displaced as a result of … political unrest and violence” in Cote d’Ivoire, CNN.com reports (3/10). According to RTTNews, “[m]ore than 75,000 refugees…