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USAID, PEPFAR Brief Addresses Hormonal Contraception Use, HIV Risk

“While evidence of a tie between some injectable hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of HIV acquisition remains incomplete, that potential risk must be balanced against the life-saving benefits of preventing unintended pregnancy, a brief [.pdf] from USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health says,” the Center for Global Health…

Washington Post Blog Interviews Elton John About Philanthropic Work Through AIDS Foundation

The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog” interviews Elton John about his philanthropic work through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, “a major non-profit working on HIV prevention, as well as care and treatment for those with the disease.” According to the interview transcript, John reflects on funding research for vaccine and antiretroviral development,…

Much Progress Made Against HIV/AIDS, But Continued Support Needed To Save Lives

Singer and songwriter Annie Lennox and Mitchell Besser, an obstetrician and gynecologist who founded mothers2mothers, a South African-based HIV care and support organization, write about their involvement with HIV/AIDS in the Huffington Post’s “Big Push” blog. “The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched in 2002 and the…

VOA News Examines How A Public-Private Partnership Will Combat Cancer Among Women In The Developing World

This VOA News editorial examines how a public-private partnership between PEPFAR, the George W. Bush Institute, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, as well as private sector partners will launch a program called Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon to “combat cervical and breast cancer for women in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.” “In the developing world, women’s cancers are often neglected and associated with stigma that discourages women from seeing a doctor,” VOA writes. The editorial quotes Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who said, “If we want to make progress on some of the toughest challenges we face in global health — fighting HIV, preventing childhood deaths, improving nutrition, stopping malaria, and more — then investing in women must be at the top of the agenda” (10/11).

WHO Says Global TB Cases Decline For First Time Ever But Warns Funding Gap, Resistant Strains Put Progress At Risk

New data published in the WHO’s 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control Report on Tuesday, “shows that the number of people who fell ill with [tuberculosis (TB)] dropped to 8.8 million in 2010, after peaking at 9 million in 2005,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The report shows that the TB death rate dropped 40 percent between 1990 and 2010, and all regions, except Africa, are on track to achieve a 50 percent decline in mortality by 2015,” the news service writes (10/11). “The countries the WHO especially noted for progress in the fight against the disease were Kenya, [Tanzania], Brazil and China,” Reuters reports (Selyukh/Ulmer-Nebehay, 10/11).

Rep. Lee Asks Obama To Take Leadership Role In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

According to the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on Thursday sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for “his leadership in launching a renewed global effort to end the AIDS pandemic on World AIDS Day, December 1.” The letter asked the president…

Together For Girls Partnership Works To End Sexual Violence

In this post on the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby writes about the Together for Girls Partnership, an initiative that “generates a powerful advocacy platform to stop sexual violence by supporting countries’ efforts to fully understand and cope with the scope of the epidemic.”…

PEPFAR And Women’s Health In South Africa

This report, titled “Improving Women’s Heath in South Africa: Opportunities for PEPFAR,” by Janet Fleischman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says that with “major change … unfolding in health and HIV services in South Africa,” “[t]he United States can find feasible, flexible ways to support” the decentralization…

Congress Should Grant PEPFAR Future Security Because Program Is ‘Desperately Needed’

In this CNN opinion piece, Julian Zelizer, an author and professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, reports on how, “[a]s the super-committee deliberates over how to reduce the deficit and other congressional committees struggle to cut spending, the fate of important programs,” such as PEPFAR, “hangs in the balance.”

Lack Of Resources, Leadership Hindering Male Circumcision Campaign In Uganda, PlusNews Reports

“Ugandan men have been seeking medical male circumcision in droves since the government launched a national policy in 2010, but the health system is not equipped to handle the caseload, slowing down the potential HIV prevention benefits of the campaign,” PlusNews reports. A recent WHO report found that “just 9,052 circumcisions were carried out in Uganda in 2010, against more than four million men who would need to be circumcised for the country to reach its 80 percent target,” a goal that, if reached within five years, could potentially avert close to 340,000 new HIV infections, according to WHO estimates, the news service notes.