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U.S. Investments ‘Powerful’ For Ending AIDS Worldwide

Houston Chronicle: Gayle: Progress continues in fight against AIDS Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE and a board member of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…The U.S. response [to HIV/AIDS], though tragically slow, did eventually turn a corner, with profound results both here and…

Secretary Kerry Swears In Deborah Birx As U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on the April 25 formal swearing in of Deborah Birx as U.S. global AIDS coordinator by Secretary of State John Kerry (Aziz, 4/25). A transcript of remarks from the ceremony is available online from the State Department (4/25).

Malaysian Newspaper Profiles Ambassador Goosby

Malaysia’s “The Star” profiles Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, recounting his early career as a doctor in San Francisco, where he treated HIV/AIDS patients at the San Francisco General Hospital. “Now, almost three decades on,…

Much Progress Made Against HIV/AIDS, But Continued Support Needed To Save Lives

Singer and songwriter Annie Lennox and Mitchell Besser, an obstetrician and gynecologist who founded mothers2mothers, a South African-based HIV care and support organization, write about their involvement with HIV/AIDS in the Huffington Post’s “Big Push” blog. “The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched in 2002 and the…

House, Senate Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Extend PEPFAR

“Senior U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday to extend … a successful and popular program to combat AIDS worldwide launched 10 years ago by former President George W. Bush,” Reuters reports. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and…

Kerry, African Presidents, Ambassador Discuss Global Health Partnerships

At an event on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attended an event with Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and South African Ambassador to the U.S. Ebrahim Rasool to discuss partnerships aimed at addressing global health issues,…

Vietnam Expresses Concern That Donor Cuts In HIV/AIDS Funding Will Hamper Progress, IRIN Reports

“The Vietnamese government warns that multi-million dollar donor cutbacks could undermine progress in the country’s HIV/AIDS services,” IRIN reports. “More than 70 percent of Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS response comes from international donors, which plan to reduce or phase out projects due to the country’s new middle-income status and the global financial…

CSIS Report Examines U.S. Global Health Efforts

A new report (.pdf) by J. Stephen Morrison, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, “highlights achievements of U.S. global health programs over the past decade and the challenges that remain,” according to the summary.…

U.S. Global AIDS Investments In Rwanda Have ‘Profound Impact’

“Last Friday, I was privileged to join six U.S. senators in seeing the truly profound impact of U.S. global AIDS investments in Rwanda,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big…