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PEPFAR Shows How Working Across 'Political Spectrum' Can Prove Successful

“Thirty years since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in the United States, the world finds itself at a tipping point in the fight against this deadly disease,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and George W. Bush Inaugural Global Health Fellow Ambassador Mark Dybul, who served as global AIDS coordinator from 2006 to 2009, write in a Huffington Post opinion piece. With the creation of PEPFAR, “President Bush and Congress responded with an effort that reflected … the compassion and generosity of the American people, [with an] insistence on impact,” they write, adding, “Since taking office, the Obama Administration has made building on the success of PEPFAR a priority.”

House Members Launch First-Ever Bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus

Democratic and Republican House members at a press briefing on Thursday formally introduced the first-ever bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, along with its funding proposals, the Washington Independent reports. Through the caucus, led by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), “59 Democrats and Republicans have united in pledging to spend more money for research and prevention efforts to combat the spread of AIDS domestically and worldwide,” according to the news service (Resnick, 9/15). “Prior to Thursday, similar groups in Congress contained only Democrats,” the Huffington Post notes (9/15). According to CQ HealthBeat, “the launch came as advocates also worry about the impact of actions by the deficit-cutting super-committee that could affect research, treatment and health care related to HIV/AIDS” (Norman, 9/15).

'ScienceSpeaks' Interviews Director Of Technical Leadership At OGAC

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “ScienceSpeaks” blog features an interview with Caroline Ryan, director of technical leadership at the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), where she has worked for seven years. Ryan discusses PEPFAR program implementation, circumcision as an HIV prevention tool and balancing efficiency with the…

Archbishop Tutu Calls On Obama To Lead The World In Expansion Of HIV Treatment

Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights advocate Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes in a Washington Post opinion piece that President Barack Obama “is in a position to make a game-changing impact on the war against AIDS” and he “should lead the world in a massive effort to expand access to treatment and rid humanity of AIDS — the most devastating disease of our time.” However, “just as the end of AIDS has finally come within reach, we are witnessing an unprecedented drop in financial and political support for the cause,” he adds.

Celebrating Partnerships That Lead To Sustainable, Locally Managed HIV/AIDS Response Efforts

Mary Fanning, South Africa’s country coordinator for PEPFAR, writes in a New Age guest column, “In the fight against HIV/AIDS, this is a time of hope. It’s also a time to celebrate the partnerships that are advancing this work and to recommit to a plan to ensure prevention, treatment and care for those infected and affected is sustainable and locally managed,” adding, “Ultimately, whether it’s putting more people on treatment, supporting HIV testing campaigns or leveraging mass media to drive the prevention message, the partnership between the U.S. and South African governments saves lives.”

'Science Speaks' Interviews Director Of Multilateral Diplomacy At OGAC

In the second in a series of interviews with staff members of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), which is responsible for PEPFAR, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog speaks with Winnie Roberts, director of multilateral diplomacy at OGAC. Roberts discusses negotiations surrounding the…

NEJM Publishes Two Perspective Pieces Discussing PEPFAR

The October 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes two perspective pieces discussing PEPFAR. One piece, from Palav Babaria of the University of California, San Francisco, discusses the successes of PEPFAR, adding, “Now PEPFAR is at risk, as investments in AIDS give way to other global health…

Blog Examines Efforts To Measure PEPFAR Results For Orphans, Vulnerable Children Programs

“PEPFAR deserves to be commended for its efforts to define key measurable outcomes for its orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) portfolio,” Sarah Rose, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Global Health Policy” blog. “To date, PEPFAR has mainly relied on an…

Letter To Senate Urges Support For PEPFAR Stewardship And Oversight Bill of 2013

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog provides an update on the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Bill of 2013, writing, “The Center for Global Health Policy, which produces this blog, is urging support for the legislation, which 253 clinicians and scientists rallied behind, with this letter [.pdf] to…

CGD Blog Examines Impending Departure Of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby

Noting Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, is expected to step down from his post “later this year,” Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD),…