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Lawmakers Urge President Obama To Double PEPFAR Treatment Goal

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), “along with 38 other lawmakers, sent a letter [.pdf] to President Obama calling on the administration to announce a doubling of the number of people on treatment through [PEPFAR] during the Fourth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis…

President Obama Should Take Two Actions To Advance AIDS-Free Generation Goal

“We are making historic progress against HIV/AIDS … [y]et AIDS remains the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa,” Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and honorary chair of endgame, writes in a Politico opinion piece. “President Barack Obama should be commended for uniting the world behind the goal…

Senate Passes PEPFAR Stewardship And Oversight Act; House Expected To Approve Bill

“The U.S. Senate passed legislation [.pdf] on Monday to extend for another five years a successful and popular program to combat AIDS worldwide started 10 years ago by former President George W. Bush,” Reuters reports. The Senate approved the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act by unanimous voice vote, according to…

House Passes PEPFAR Stewardship And Oversight Act; President Expected To Sign Bill

“The House on Tuesday cleared legislation that would extend for five years certain authorities related to federal efforts to combat HIV and AIDS around the world, sending the bill to the president’s desk,” CQ Roll Call reports (Kim/Tomkin, 11/19). “Members passed S. 1545, the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, in…

U.S. Officials Comment On Passage Of PEPFAR Stewardship And Oversight Act

In a statement, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah von Zinkernagel “commend[s] the U.S. Congress for passing the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, reaffirming its strong commitment to this historic global health program.” She states, “The passage of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act demonstrates the United States’…

USAID Blog Recognizes 10 Years Of PEPFAR Ahead Of World AIDS Day

USAID is observing World AIDS Day on December 1 “by celebrating 10 years of our HIV and AIDS work under PEPFAR,” the agency’s “IMPACTblog” notes in two separate posts. In the first post, Goli Fassihian, senior public affairs adviser for the Global Health Bureau’s Office of HIV/AIDS, writes, “PEPFAR was,…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Highlights Event On PEPFAR’s Orphans, Vulnerable Children Program

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on an event held last week in Washington, D.C., which examined PEPFAR’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program. At the event, Sibongile Gladys Gule, Penelope Masiya, and Nomthandazo Ntuli spoke with session moderator Richard Lui about “how PEPFAR programs to reach…

U.S. Should Intensify Efforts To Expand HIV Treatment, Develop Vaccine, Find Cure

“[I]n a remarkable show of wise bipartisan support, on [November 19] the U.S. Congress reauthorized [PEPFAR] and the U.S. investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by passing legislation to extend the program’s authorization,” Myron Cohen, associate vice chancellor for global health at the University of…

Blog Examines CDC Data On Determinants Of HIV Treatment Attrition

In a joint post in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, “the second in a series of three on the quality of PEPFAR’s HIV treatment programs,” Mead Over, a senior fellow at  CGD, and research assistant Yuna Sakuma examine “why some facilities do better than others…

Opinion Pieces Published In Recognition Of World AIDS Day

The following summaries represent some of the many opinion pieces published to recognize World AIDS Day, December 1. Chris Beyrer and Michel Kazatchkine, BBC News: “[T]he recurring themes of stigma and discrimination at the social, cultural and political levels” are preventing key affected populations, such as men who have sex…