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Director Of CDC-Malawi Reflects On Country’s HIV Efforts

In a post in the CDC’s “Our Global Voices” blog, Sundeep Gupta, the director of CDC-Malawi, reflects on HIV efforts in the country. Noting the CDC’s partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health — which is “ensuring quality in our programming, keeping our technical discussions grounded and practical, and helping…

NPR Examines History, Future Of PEPFAR

NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Tuesday profiled the history of PEPFAR, including its creation, successes, and evolution. The program includes comments about the state of the AIDS epidemic before PEPFAR’s creation from Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Laura Guay, vice president of research…

CSIS Publication Examines Challenges Ahead For Global Fund

Noting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently secured $12 billion in new pledges at a replenishment conference, J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Katherine Bliss, a senior associate…

Efforts Responding To Health Needs Of Female Sex Workers Must Be Comprehensive

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence initiative, Andrea Vazzano of Johns Hopkins University, and Tisha Wheeler and Diana Prieto of USAID’s Office of Global Health examine “the complex intersection of violence, reproductive health, and HIV faced by sex…

Ambitious Targets Help Spur Progress In Global AIDS Response

“On [December 2] at the White House, President Obama reported the latest accomplishments of the U.S. government’s response to HIV,” AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, stating, “The progress he cited was impressive.” However, “there was little mention of one the most impressive turnarounds…

GlobalPost Blog Examines Ghana’s Success In Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines Ghana’s success in reducing its mother-to-child HIV transmission rate, saying some of the factors include support from PEPFAR and “a government arm that is exclusively dedicated to responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” In addition, “Ghana’s infant infection prevention programs, like most in west and central Africa,…

House Committee Adviser Says Passage Of U.S. Foreign Aid Bill In 2014 Unlikely, Devex Reports

Speaking at the 2013 Council of International Development Companies Conference on Wednesday, Nilmini Rubin, House Foreign Affairs Committee senior adviser for global economic competitiveness, said “the chances of seeing a comprehensive U.S. foreign assistance bill pass through Congress in 2014 [are] ‘close to nothing,’” Devex reports. “Funds for everything are…

CDC, Other U.S. Agencies Will Continue Work To Make PEPFAR Succeed

Noting President Barack Obama this week signed into law the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, CDC Director Tom Frieden writes in the agency’s newsroom, “Along with our colleagues at the HHS Office of Global Affairs, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),…