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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…

Blog, Forthcoming Paper Examine PEPFAR’s ‘Financial Flows’

Noting the release of the Institute of Medicine’s PEPFAR evaluation and “our own work-in-progress on PEPFAR’s value for money and data management,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Rachel Silverman, a research assistant at CGD, highlight “two focus areas that … are the subject of…

GlobalPost Reports On IOM Evaluation Of PEPFAR

GlobalPost reports on “[a]n independent evaluation of the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), released [February 20] by the Institute of Medicine (IOM),” writing that the report “lauded the program’s achievements as proof that HIV services can be delivered successfully on a large scale” and “also recommended several changes to the program, to ensure…

NGOs Await U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Anti-Prostitution Pledge

“Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are anxiously waiting for a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments last week challenging a 2003 law that bars funding for groups working on HIV/AIDS prevention that do not have anti-prostitution policies,” The Lancet reports. “A range of groups including faith-based and conservative organizations…

Scientists, Global Health Advocates Call For Strengthening PEPFAR In Letter To Obama

“Three weeks after President Obamas budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 appeared, sustaining support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, while cutting funds to [PEPFAR], and hacking global TB funding, physicians, scientists, and global health advocates are weighing in,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science…

Experts Discuss IOM Evaluation Of PEPFAR At Panel Discussion Convened By KFF, CSIS

“Experts addressed the future of U.S. efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS abroad at a panel discussion earlier this week in Washington, D.C.,” GlobalPost reports. “Convened by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center, the event focused on the policy implications…

Further Cutting U.S. Foreign Aid Would Undermine America’s ‘Soft Power’

“America’s ability to protect itself and advance its global interests often depends as much on its ‘softer’ power as it does on our nation’s armed forces,” Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA, and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, write in a Politico opinion piece. “That…

GAO Reports Recommend Better Data Collection Practices For PEPFAR

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published two reports on PEPFAR. “As PEPFAR partner countries assume greater responsibility for managing their treatment programs, fully functioning monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems are critical for tracking results and ensuring treatment program effectiveness,” one report notes, according to the summary. The report…