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Senate Confirms Deborah Birx As New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“The Senate [on Wednesday] confirmed the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx, filling the post to lead the world’s largest health program with a career physician researcher who has headed two previous international AIDS programs. Dr. Deborah Birx comes to the post from CDC’s Global AIDS Program and previously led the…

Uncertainty Surrounds Timing Of Birx Confirmation To Head PEPFAR

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses the status of the nomination of Deborah Birx to head PEPFAR as the next U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. “…Congress has until April 14, when spring break starts, to confirm Birx, who was named to fill the post in mid-January…” (Barton,…

Some Global Health Aid Improves U.S. Image Abroad, Study Shows

GlobalPost: Global health aid to fight HIV/AIDS boosts U.S.’s image abroad, says new study “…[A] new study provides strong evidence that at least some forms of global health aid improve public opinion about the United States in the countries that receive it. The study, published earlier this month in the…

MCC, PEPFAR Launch Partnership For Sustainable HIV/AIDS Response

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and PEPFAR on Friday launched a three-year partnership to more effectively respond to HIV/AIDS. In MCC’s “Poverty Reduction Blog,” Deborah von Zinkernagel, acting U.S. global AIDS coordinator, and Daniel Yohannes, CEO of MCC, write, “MCC’s experience with country-owned assistance programs together with PEPFAR’s excellence in…

MCC, PEPFAR Partner For Sustainable HIV Efforts

Devex: How MCC partnership will help PEPFAR ‘go local’ “Last week, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief signed a new, three-year memorandum of agreement with the Millennium Challenge Corp. as part of a growing effort to improve the initiative’s long-term sustainability by transitioning U.S. support for HIV and AIDS…

Blog Examines Shifts In Global Health Funding, Focus

In a Humanosphere post, development blogger Tom Paulson talks about the changing landscape of global health funding, writing “for the first time in nearly 15 years, the U.S. government is poised to reduce its investment in global health…” He describes Obama’s foreign assistance request, which “has disturbed many in the…

Kerry Defends FY15 Global Health Budget At House Subcommittee Meeting

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on Thursday’s House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations hearing, where Secretary of State John Kerry “lauded U.S. aims and achievements in global health… pointing to the administration’s proposed $1.35 billion contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,…

Birx Responds To Questions On PEPFAR At Senate Confirmation Hearing

Speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Deborah Birx, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. global AIDS coordinator, answered questions regarding PEPFAR and the U.S. global AIDS response during a confirmation hearing, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “A Senate vote…

Groups Look Forward To Hearing On Birx Nomination To Head PEPFAR

“At 2 p.m. Eastern today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next leader of one of the great successes in United States foreign assistance — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). … [W]hile we frequently take time to…

Senate Hearing Scheduled For Global AIDS Coordinator Nominee Deborah Birx

“A U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next Ambassador at Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator has been scheduled for March 6, at 2 p.m.,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “…The hearing, which will…