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PEPFAR, UNAIDS To Announce New Plan For Preventing MTCT Of HIV

At the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, PEPFAR “will join with UNAIDS and other partners in releasing a new global action plan for the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV/AIDS. The U.S. will also place additional resources into helping move towards eliminating pediatric HIV,” according to a State Department press…

Ambassador Goosby Says Hope Is ‘Major Motivator’ In AIDS Fight

In a post on State’s “DipNote” blog, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby looks back at his time working in HIV/AIDS and expresses hope about the future, writing, “Thanks to the support of the Obama Administration – which has continued to put forth robust funding for HIV/AIDS – and…

UNAIDS, PEPFAR Announce Campaign To Eliminate MTCT Of HIV By 2015

A team led by UNAIDS and PEPFAR on Thursday at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS announced a plan to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 by “ensur[ing] that all women, especially pregnant ones, have access to quality life-saving HIV prevention and treatment services – for themselves and their children,” BBC News reports (6/10).

Quam Outlines GHI At Global Health Council Conference

Lois Quam, executive director of the Obama administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), talked about GHI projects and “defended the program even if her panel was met with some hard questions” during a presentation on Tuesday at the annual Global Health Council conference in Washington, D.C., GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog reports.

Congress Must Prioritize Funding For International Assistance Programs

“For many people around the world, sequestration is literally a life-or-death issue. Its impact may be most deeply felt by those living in developing nations,” Rev. Derrick Boykin, associate for African-American leadership outreach at Bread for the World, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Black Voices” blog. “Millions of people around…

Charlie Rose Interviews ONE Co-Founder Bono

The ONE blog highlights a recent Charlie Rose interview with ONE co-founder Bono, lead singer of U2. According to the blog, “Bono discusses the impact of U.S. foreign assistance.” In the interview, Bono says, “The United States — it’s a heroic story. You are way out in front in the fight against…

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Lobbying Congress To Reauthorize PEPFAR

“Many AIDS policy analysts assume that Congress may not have time to reauthorize major global HIV/AIDS programs this year,” but the “AIDS Healthcare Foundation [AHF], which runs treatment clinics around the globe, is bringing in patients and providers from Haiti, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria and Vietnam to press lawmakers of…

AP Examines Successes, Future Of PEPFAR

The Associated Press examines the history of PEPFAR, its successes, funding, and prospects for its future, writing PEPFAR “has come to represent what Washington can do when it puts politics aside — and what America can do to make the world a better place.” Noting that former President George W.…