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Introduced In SOTU By President George W. Bush, PEPFAR Has Saved Millions Of Lives

“The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) exist[s] entirely because of a willing leader, a creative policy team, a smattering of activists and a vast, bleeding need,” columnist Michael Gerson writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. He cites President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address, during…

Delaware Senator Holds 2nd Annual ‘Opportunity: Africa’ Conference

“On Monday, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons [D-Del.], chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, sponsored the second annual ‘Opportunity: Africa’ conference at Delaware State University,” World Politics Review reports, adding, “The senator’s remarks emphasized the need for the U.S. to recognize the metamorphosis of the continent.” The news service writes,…

Same ‘Bipartisan Energy’ Surrounding PEPFAR Needed To Combat Maternal Mortality

Erin Thornton, executive director of Every Mother Counts, recalls her memories of President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union announcement of PEPFAR in a Huffington Post “Global Motherhood” opinion piece. “[T]hat night, we set out on a path to overcome that fear and take action,” she writes, adding, “Ten…

IOM Releases New ‘Evaluation of PEPFAR’

In an email alert on Wednesday, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) released a new “Evaluation of PEPFAR” report. “PEPFAR has saved and improved the lives of millions of people; supported HIV prevention, care, and treatment; strengthened systems; and engaged with partner countries to facilitate HIV policy…

Blog Profiles Ranking Republican On Senate HHS Appropriations Subcommittee

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog profiles Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. Moran is an advocate of funding for the National Institutes of Health, the blog notes, adding that…

New IOM Report Highlights PEPFAR’s Successes, Makes Recommendations For Continued Progress

PEPFAR “has saved and improved millions of lives worldwide and offered proof that HIV/AIDS services can be effectively delivered on a large scale even in countries with high rates of disease and resource constraints, says a new congressionally mandated evaluation conducted by the Institute of Medicine” (IOM) and released on Wednesday, a press…

PEPFAR Has Helped Millions, But ‘Hard Work’ Lies Ahead To Sustain Gains

PEPFAR, initiated in 2003, is “the largest global health initiative ever undertaken focused on a single disease,” a Washington Post editorial writes, noting, “Now, after four years of work, some 400 interviews and visits to 13 nations, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has provided [an] examination of this incredibly…

Recommendations For PEPFAR To Improve Data Collection, Use, Distribution

Noting the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) PEPFAR evaluation and an October 2012 report of the Data Working Group (DWG) of PEPFAR’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Mead Over and Rachel Silverman of the Center for Global Development propose in the group’s “Global Health Policy” blog “four recommendations where there seems to be…

Evolution Of PEPFAR Necessary For Continued Success

PEPFAR has “met or even surpassed most” of its “bold goals,” including “saving the lives of millions of people; supporting the scale-up of HIV prevention, care, and treatment; and strengthening systems and policies for the HIV response,” Robert Black of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health writes in…