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Science Speaks Selects Top 10 HIV, TB Stories Of 2013

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog provides a list of key news stories on HIV and tuberculosis in 2013. The blog notes the passage of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment efforts, “[t]he Supreme Court’s upholding [of] the…

Devex Examines U.S. Foreign Assistance, USAID Agendas In 2014

Devex: U.S. aid reform in 2014: 8 issues Congress may tackle “Congress has long avoided comprehensive reform of U.S. development cooperation, and 2014 will likely be no different. But there’s a good chance lawmakers will consider a number of issues that could affect international development…” The news service says the…

In Terms Of Foreign Aid, U.S. Is Most Generous Nation

Foreign Policy: America Is Not The Grinch John Norris, executive director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress “All told, more than $200 billion from the United States flows into the developing world each year. … Now consider that the United States has more…

Essay Discusses Origins, Successes, Challenges Of PEPFAR

Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute, authors an essay, titled “Making PEPFAR: A Triumph of Medical Diplomacy,” in Science & Diplomacy that discusses the origins of PEPFAR, as well as the program’s challenges and successes. “A second essay to be published [in 2014] in Science & Diplomacy will…

‘No Sex For Fish’ Group Aims To Prevent HIV In Kenyan Region

Two articles examine a campaign in Kenya’s Lake Victoria region that aims to prevent the spread of HIV by ending some women’s practice of trading sex for fish. IIP Digital: ‘No Sex for Fish’ Group Helps Fight Spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya “In Kenya, Peace Corps volunteers have been working…

PEPFAR, South African Partnership Laying Foundation For Healthier Future

Huffington Post: The Power of Partnership: Extraordinary Progress, Lessons Learned and Great Hope for the Future in South Africa Deborah von Zinkernagel, acting global AIDS coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “…Our health partnership with South Africa is becoming a model for other PEPFAR-supported countries. Like any new…

Thanks From Global Fund Executive Director Kazatchkine

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, “[a]long with our partners, both donors and implementers, [is] changing the story of scores of nations that were once devastated by three killer diseases — diseases which seemed invincible,” Global Fund Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine writes in a Huffington Post opinion piece, adding “we are now saving more than one million lives every year.”

Time To Increase Efforts Against HIV/AIDS, TB

In a Huffington Post opinion piece, Kolleen Bouchane, director of ACTION, asks whether President Barack Obama will “heed Archbishop [Desmond] Tutu’s call to action” in a recent Washington Post opinion piece “and do his part to end AIDS.” She says, “While campaigning, President Obama promised to expand PEPFAR ‘by $1 billion a year in new money over the next five years’ and provide $50 billion by 2013 to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide. We are not on track to see even those promises become reality. We are not on track for the leadership to change the course of HIV and AIDS that Tutu has called for.”

Amid Budget Woes, PEPFAR Is A Program Worth Saving

In this post in LA Progressive, Georgianne Nienaber, an investigative and political writer, examines the potential effects of reduced PEPFAR funding and highlights the non-denominational Christian ACTS clinic operating in South Africa as an example of a U.S. foreign aid success story. She writes, “At ACTS, PEPFAR funding supports a…