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HHS Secretary Outlines U.S. Government Work To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

“I believe — and President Obama believes — that an AIDS-free generation is within our reach,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius writes in the AIDS.gov blog. She summarizes U.S. government work addressing the virus domestically and abroad, adding, “The budgetary constraints our teams across the [HHS] have been working under have…

Health Advocates Working To Lower Cost Of HCV Medicines In LMICs, Reuters Reports

“A new battle is looming over access to antiviral medicines in developing countries — this time for treating hepatitis C [HCV] — more than a decade after a global showdown over the price of AIDS drugs in Africa,” Reuters reports. “Modern pills being launched in western markets could cure the…

SciDev.Net Highlights ‘Key Aid News Stories From 2013’

SciDev.Net highlights “some of the key aid news stories from 2013.” The selected stories cover a range of topics, “[f]rom measuring the impact of aid and showing its worth, through changing aid practices to boost effectiveness, to filling data gaps and including local knowledge” (12/16).

VOA Reports On World Bank, Global Fund Results-Based Financing Plan

VOA News reports on how the World Bank is working with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to help countries implement results-based financing health care programs, which “provid[e] incentives to direct medical care to patients or get the patient to the clinic.” According to the news agency,…

Honorees At USGLC Dinner Discuss U.S. Foreign Affairs Spending

Devex describes the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s tribute dinner that took place on December 12 in Washington, D.C. The group this year honored Vice President Joe Biden and Reps. Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), “a Republican and a Democrat who as chairwomen of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on…

Break Down Foreign Assistance Myths To Build Local Capacity

“So much is written and said about foreign aid that it has become difficult to contribute meaningfully to the debate about whether it is effective. But if we are charting our fates as citizens of a crowded, fragile planet, then any honest assessment must conclude that progress has been made,…

Critics Question How Chinese Provinces Use One-Child Policy Fines

“Recent revelations about the huge amounts paid by families who violate China’s one-child policy have raised questions about just how the money is spent and spurred calls to ban the fines,” the New York Times’ “Sinosphere” blog reports. “Chinese provinces have begun disclosing the amounts they received last year in…

Report Examines Philanthropic Aid For HIV/AIDS Initiatives In LMICs

“Philanthropic support for HIV/AIDS initiatives in low- and middle-income countries in 2012 totaled $500 million, or 5.4 percent of total international funding, a report from Funders Concerned About AIDS finds,” Philanthropy News Digest reports. “Produced with support from UNAIDS, the report [.pdf], ‘Global Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2012,’…

World Bank Coordinating Drive For ‘Results-Based Financing For Health’

“Governments in poor countries will increasingly see a portion of the aid they receive based on the proven outcome of donor-funded health projects, under a drive for improved accountability coordinated by the World Bank,” the Financial Times reports. “Norway, the U.K. and other industrialized countries met in Oslo on Wednesday…

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