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UNAIDS Board Approves Accountability Framework

UNAIDS’ Programme Coordinating Board, the agency’s governing body, this week unanimously endorsed the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework 2012-2015, which “will ensure accountability in both programmatic results and in delivering value for money,” according to a UNAIDS press release. “The Board requested the UNAIDS Secretariat to produce annual reports on the implementation of the framework” and discussed how food and nutrition security can be integrated into HIV programming, the press release notes (6/23).

Ten Global Public Health Achievements

In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC describes “global public health achievements … that occurred outside of the United States during 2001-2010.” Gains in public health efforts, such as preventing child mortality, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases, have improved longevity and “resulted from improved living conditions overall, advances in medical science, and a number of population-level interventions. However, major disparities persist. During the past decade, in low-income countries, average life expectancy at birth increased from 55 to 57 years (3.6%), while increasing from 78 to 80 years (2.6%) in high-income countries,” the article notes (6/24).

Michelle Obama’s Message Of Leadership For ‘HIV-Free Future’

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby writes about First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa and her focus on “youth leadership, education, health and wellness,” including HIV/AIDS, in this Office of National AIDS Policy blog post. “The Obama Administration is more committed than ever to build on the successes of the last decade and to continue to work with other governments and partners as we all work toward our shared goal of a world without HIV/AIDS. And we hope the millions of lives saved to date will inspire youth in Africa and around the world to continue their fight for an HIV-free future,” he writes (6/23).

Obama Visit Highlights Importance Of U.S. Engagement In Africa

First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa this week “is focusing national attention on the serious U.S. strategic interests on the continent,” Steve Morrison, director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Lisa Carty, deputy director of the CSIS center, write in a Politico opinion piece.

Michelle Obama Visits HIV/AIDS Clinic In Botswana

“Michelle Obama on Friday began the second leg of her weeklong visit to Africa by wielding a brush to help paint a mural” at the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence in the capital city of Gaborone, the Associated Press reports. The clinic serves 4,000 children and their families who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, according to the news service (Superville, 6/24).

Michelle Obama Talks About AIDS, Women’s Rights On Africa Trip

First Lady Michelle Obama, who is on a trip to Africa, “urged young Africans on Wednesday to fight for women’s rights and battle the stigma of AIDS, using her husband’s ‘yes, we can’ campaign slogan to motivate youth across the continent,” Reuters reports.

India Looking To Supply Generic Drugs To Japan

After serving as “a lifeline to poor countries, supplying HIV drugs that have saved millions of lives … [n]ow India is aiming to become a drugs factory for rich countries such as Japan,” which is looking to use more generic drugs in an effort to slow rising health care costs, Nature News reports.

Use Public-Private Partnerships To Improve Access To Essential Health Products

A new report (.pdf) from the International Vaccine Access Center “asks why products like Coca Cola can reach remote villages in developing nations while essential medicines like antibiotics cannot always be found,” according to an IVAC press release. The report, titled, “Improving Access to Essential Medicines Through Public-Private Partnership,” “documents…

‘Steadfast Focus’ Needed In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Recapping the 30-year history of HIV/AIDS from an USAID perspective, Administrator Rajiv Shah writes in this “Impact blog” post, “Our work is far from done. We have a shared responsibility as a global partner to save lives by focusing on smart investments. The generosity of the American people has made…

Scientists Apply Math Model To HIV To Discover Targets For Vaccines Or Drugs

Scientists at the Ragon Institute – a joint enterprise of Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University formed in 2009 to bring together diverse disciplines to work on HIV – “using a powerful mathematical tool previously applied to the stock market have identified an Achilles heel in HIV that could be a prime target for AIDS vaccines or drugs,” the Wall Street Journal reports.