In a post on the Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, CGD’s director of global health policy, discusses the U.S. pledge for the GAVI Alliance and outlines why providing $450 million over three years to GAVI “is both compassionate and cost-effective” (6/9).
“The problem is that U.N. agencies, USAID, its European counterparts (90 percent of relief funding still comes from the OECD countries), and NGOs almost all think that to get attention for a given crisis, they must use apocalyptic language and err on the side of overestimating the death, damage, and displacement that has been caused,” author David Rieff writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece. When organizations exaggerate, “they up the rhetorical ante that much more,” he writes, adding, “In the name of mobilizing compassion, we are raising the bar to impossible heights” (6/9).
The Huffington Post has several commentaries about the 30th anniversary of AIDS and other issues surrounding the epidemic.
With food security issues at the heart of “hunger emergencies unfolding in Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, and other countries,” “President Obama now faces his most critical test when it comes to fighting hunger. He faces a threat that will derail many of his foreign policy objectives. Will he show leadership and…
“In an era of strained finances, it makes sense to invest in solutions that save money in the long run. HIV vaccine development fits that bill. As we mark the 30th anniversary of AIDS, there could be no better way to commemorate the occasion than to renew our commitment to its end,” Seth Berkeley, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, write in a CNN opinion piece (6/8).
In the Huffington Post, Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses the Global Fund’s latest report on its investigation of its grants in Mali.
“We need a global approach to achieving food security,” Tom Daschle, former Senate majority leader and chair of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century, writes in a Politico opinion piece.
Though “[h]ealth systems strengthening has recently become a new G8 focus and this year, the human resources in health crisis received some attention,” the G8’s actions listed in the Deauville Accountability Report say “absolutely nothing about stopping the recruitment of health workers from low income countries to G8 countries, which…
The Huffington Post: 30 Years of HIV/AIDS : In this piece, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius highlights the U.S. domestic AIDS strategy (6/5). The Huffington Post: Thirty Years On, A Stark Choice on AIDS : “Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, we are faced with a choice. Are we content to…
“Now is not the time for the United States â€“ or any other country â€“ to reduce spending on programs that deliver life-saving drugs at so tiny a cost,” a Des Moines Register editorial states, noting the relatively small cost of PEPFAR.