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USAID-Supported HIV Prevention Trial Produces Disappointing Results, But Leads To Learning, Redoubled Efforts

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: How Progress Works: A Disappointing Microbicides Trial and Why We’re Not Discouraged David Stanton, director of USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, discusses “results released from a large USAID-supported trial [which] indicate that an antiretroviral-based vaginal gel may not be effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection in women…

U.S. Federal Court Upholds Ruling Against Government’s Anti-Prostitution Pledge

Open Society Foundations: A Striking Defeat for U.S. Government’s Anti-Prostitution Pledge Sebastian Krueger, communications officer for the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, discusses the U.S. government’s anti-prostitution pledge, “which mandates that organizations receiving money from the U.S. government have a policy in place opposing prostitution,” and a…

U.S. Appoints First LGBT Rights Global Envoy

Associated Press: U.S. names first global envoy for LGBT rights “The United States named its first international envoy for gay rights Monday, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading U.S. efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas…” (Lederman, 2/23). Washington Post: Kerry names special envoy for LGBT rights…

CDC, Partners Working With Haiti To Make Progress In Various Areas of Public Health

Huffington Post: What’s Working: Public Health Progress Since the Haiti 2010 Earthquake Tom Frieden, CDC director “…Addressing the public health needs of Haiti and helping them recover has been a daunting task, but it’s one that CDC, along with the government of Haiti and other partners, has taken seriously. And…

In Working Toward Zero Ebola Cases, World Must Prepare For Future Outbreaks

New York Times: Finishing Off Ebola Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator “…[E]ven as America takes pride in the job we have done [in the Ebola response], it is also important to remember that the job is far from done. We must get to zero Ebola in West…

USAID, Guinea’s Ministry Of Health Work In Conjunction To Train Frontline Health Care Workers In Ebola Efforts

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Guinean Doctor Survives Ebola, Pays ​I​t Forward Jacqueline Aribot, senior monitoring and evaluation adviser, and Alisha Horowitz, associate editor for USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, discuss the story of a Guinean doctor who survived Ebola and describe how USAID and Guinea’s Ministry of Health are working together…

The Lancet Reflects On USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s 5-Year Legacy

The Lancet: USAID: Rajiv Shah’s legacy “Rajiv Shah, head of USAID, is stepping down after five years at the embattled agency. His achievements might be more political than substantive. … After five years, he is widely credited with having improved the beleaguered agency’s credibility with Congress, expanding and energizing its…