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PEPFAR Announces Investment Fund To Expand Access To HIV Services For Key Populations

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: HLM 2016 AIDS: PEPFAR directs $100 million to reach gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and prisoners Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses PEPFAR’s announcement of “the…

‘Science Speaks’ Discusses Concerns Around Next U.N. Declaration On HIV/AIDS

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Men who have sex with men, sex workers groups ask: Will next U.N. political declaration on HIV and AIDS exclude most affected, least reached populations? Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses the 2011 U.N. declaration on eliminating HIV/AIDS, progress…

NGOs Continue To Push For End To ‘War On Drugs’

Devex: Making a fundamental shift in drug policy and harm reduction “…UNGA [recently] held another special session on drugs, which civil society had hoped would be an opportunity not only for their voices to be heard but an opportunity for real drug policy reform. But the latest special session was…

Reform Of Policies Criminalizing Drug Possession Should Promote Human Development, Health

Inter Press Service: Laws Criminalizing Drug Possession Can Cause More Harm Tenu Avafia, policy adviser in the HIV, Health, and Development Group at the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), and Rebecca Schleifer, consultant at the UNDP “…Laws criminalizing drug possession for personal use and other non-violent, low-level drug offenses drive people…

U.N. General Assembly Special Session Addresses Global Drug Policies, With More Focus On Human Rights-Based Prevention, Treatment Approaches

Agence France-Presse: World’s nations urged to shift focus on drug problem “World governments at a U.N. meeting on the global drug problem were urged Tuesday to move away from repression, abolish the death penalty for drug offenses, and step up treatment…” (4/19). Deutsche Welle: World governments consider changing course from…

Global Community Should Adopt Human Rights-Based Approach Toward People Who Use Drugs

Huffington Post: The World Needs a Healthier, Rights-based Approach Towards People Who Use Drugs Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS “…In a new report, ‘Do no harm: health, human rights and people who use drugs,’ UNAIDS presents the evidence for what works to reduce the impact of HIV and other…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, published Issue 285 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter features articles on various topics, including an article on the Global Fund’s ranking in Publish What You Fund’s 2016 Aid Transparency Index,…

Opinion Pieces Highlight Drug Policy Issues Being Discussed At U.N. Special Session

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Why the ‘war on drugs’ isn’t working Francis Chimenya, Community Advisory Board member of the Johns Hopkins Research Project-Malawi and a member of Key Correspondents “Public health experts are calling for reforms to drugs policies … Many countries continue to focus on reducing supply and depend on…

U.N., Governments, Health Professionals Must Mobilize To Reform International Drug Policy

The Lancet: Reforming international drug policy Editorial Board “…For the first time in two decades, the U.N. General Assembly’s Special Session (UNGASS; April 19-21, 2016) will be about the world drug problem. It will be a crucial moment for revisiting and reforming international drug policy. … [The Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission…

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