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U.S. Unveils 5-Year PEPFAR Strategy

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “unveiled a five-year strategy for fighting AIDS worldwide, shifting the focus from emergency response to sustainable programs in countries worldwide,” Agence France-Presse reports.

News Outlets Examine Global Response To HIV/AIDS Ahead Of World AIDS Day

Several news outlets examined the global fight against HIV/AIDS ahead of World AIDS Day (December 1): The Associated Press explores how PEPFAR funds are being used to help connect patients living with the disease to treatment, provide support for families and educate the public about the disease in Vietnam. “The…

Opinion: China Forced Abortions; U.S. Work In Africa; Foreign Aid; Uganda Legislation

Detroit News Opinion Examines Forced Abortions In China   “One of the few incontrovertible assertions one can reasonably make is that no one supports forced abortion,” syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker writes in a Detroit News opinion piece that examines reports of “coerced abortions” and involuntary sterilizations in China. The piece…

Kenya To Launch MSM Survey To Help Control Spread Of HIV

TIME examines the Kenyan government’s upcoming survey of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the country’s “three biggest cities” in an effort to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. The survey, which will launch next year, “is considered a landmark because the government and the vast majority of Kenyan people have long refused to address homosexuality in the fight against AIDS,” the magazine writes.

Publications Examine U.S. Funding For Global HIV/AIDS

In light of a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) report calling for sustained HIV/AIDS funding, VOA News writes: “Many AIDS-related groups and activists have been calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to fulfill his funding pledges made during the presidential campaign. But are they asking too much, considering the economic downturn?” Sharonann Lynch, an HIV policy advisor for MSF, said, “PEPFAR has the opportunity to save six million lives and it shouldn’t settle for three.”

PEPFAR Expands Efforts To Improve Health Services Worldwide Through Use Of Mobile Devices

Fierce Mobile reports on the recent announcement that PEPFAR is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Vodafone Foundation to be a founding member of the mHealth Alliance, “a group seeking to bring health services to the most remote corners of the globe using mobile networks and technologies.” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby announced the partnership during a keynote address last week during the inaugural mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C., according to the news service (Versel, 11/3).