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U.S. Support Of PEPFAR, Global Fund Helping To Achieve Global AIDS, TB, Malaria Goals

In this post in Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, examines “the success of U.S. efforts to promote better global health through support for [PEPFAR] and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.” She highlights U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent trip to Africa, writing that Clinton’s “encouraging words” at the Reach Out Mbuya health center in Uganda reinforced U.S. commitment to an AIDS-free generation. She notes both PEPFAR and the Global Fund have supported the center and adds that “through hundreds of similar local programs all over the world, the Global Fund provides treatment to 3.6 million people who are HIV-positive.”

Reworking Of PEPFAR In South Africa Must Be Handled Carefully To Ensure Continuity Of Care

“Government assurances that the scaling back of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in South Africa (SA) will be carefully managed to protect patients are welcome, but … [t]he reality is that the Department of Health is struggling to cope with severe medical staff shortages, financial resources that never seem to stretch far enough, inadequate infrastructure and maintenance programs, and administrative bottlenecks,” a Business Day editorial states. Though the reworking of PEPFAR funding will take place over five years “and does not entail the complete loss” of funding, “the shortfall will have to come from somewhere,” the editorial says, adding, “It will be tragic if, just as we are starting to see light at the end of the long, dark tunnel of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in SA, the gains of the past few years were to be reversed due to the loss of critical foreign funding and the government’s lack of capacity to plug the gap.”

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),…

Understanding HIV ‘Treatment Cascade’ Critical For Program Success

In a joint post in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, senior fellow Mead Over and research assistant Yuna Sakuma examine the issue of retention with respect to HIV treatment, which they note was discussed at the October 2 PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board meeting. “For years…

Ambassador Goosby Pens Last Blog Post As U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“It is with a degree of sadness but also an enormous debt of gratitude that I post my final blog as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the Office of Global Health Diplomacy,” Ambassador Eric Goosby writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. The success of PEPFAR and “arriv[ing]…

UNAIDS ‘Expresses Deep Gratitude’ To Ambassador Goosby For Work On HIV/AIDS

In a press release, UNAIDS “expresses deep gratitude to Ambassador Eric Goosby for his outstanding work on the AIDS response as United States Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the Department of State’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy.” Goosby resigned his position on November 1, the press release notes, adding,…

Paying Tribute To Ambassador Goosby

In a post in the AIDS.gov blog, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH, pays tribute to Ambassador Eric Goosby, who stepped down from his posts as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of…

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…