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ONE Blog Reflects On Obama’s Africa Trip

Writing in the ONE blog, Erin Hohlfelder, who specializes in infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and global health financing mechanisms for ONE, reflects on the second leg of President Obama’s Africa trip, during which he traveled from Senegal to South Africa. “We were glad that President Obama selected South Africa for a health site visit, because the country presents such a unique case study full of progress achieved and big challenges ahead,” she writes. “Through a fact sheet, the administration quietly committed an additional $10 million to support South Africa’s ongoing efforts to expand medical male circumcision services,” Hohlfelder notes. She briefly criticizes the administration, writing, “While many other African countries receive more Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] support than South Africa, it seemed like a real missed opportunity for the U.S. to barely name check the Global Fund at a moment when all eyes were watching Obama and the media was poised to write about global health” (7/1).