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Recent Releases In Global Health

Reflections On HIV/AIDS From NIAID Director: On Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. ET, NIH will webcast live a presentation by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), titled “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: A Personal Journey.” June 5, 2011, marks 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the U.S. (5/24).

Feed The Future: “At a time when food prices are reaching all-time highs, drawing millions into poverty and undermining global stability, it is critical that we maintain our focus on establishing long-term agriculture-driven economic development,” Julie Howard, deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, writes in a USAID “Impact blog” post, which also outlines the U.S. government’s work in improving global food security (5/24).

WHO Funding Replenishment: In this Center for Global Development “Global Health Policy” blog post, Amanda Glassman, Nandini Oomman and William Savedoff write, “The current process of priority-setting and budget negotiation at WHO is broken.” They suggest a different process for “put[ting] the organization on a new firmer footing” (5/20).

PEPFAR Guidance On Prevention For MSM: Following nearly a year delay, PEPFAR recently released its technical guidance document (.pdf) on prevention programs for men who have sex with men, according to this Center for Global Health Policy “ScienceSpeaks” blog post. The guidance “includes recommendations for ensuring confidentiality and other means of optimizing HIV prevention for this unique population,” and “outlin[es] activities that PEPFAR will support through country budgets,” the blog states (Mazzotta, 5/20).

Improving Women’s Health: Chelsea Ricker of OneWorldUK and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly writes in a “Blog 4 Global Health” post that while she applauds efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health, none of the indicators for progress “have anything to do with women’s health outside of reproduction. … I look forward to the day that the World Health Organisation publicly calls out governments which drag their feet on women’s equality with as strong a statement as they’ve just released on accountability for resource commitments to maternal and child health” (5/20).

Lessons Should Be Learned From, Implemented In AMFm: Prompted by a recent Inter Press Service article on the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) initiative in Kenya, Bill Brieger of Johns Hopkins University welcomes forthcoming evaluations of two-year AMFm pilot programs, but says “[a]rbitrarily suggesting profit margin is not the way to go, [because] in the end shop keepers and pharmacists will hold the day through their choice to participate and the prices they set.” He concludes in this “Malaria Free Future” blog post “that some important operational lessons can and should be learned and applied NOW” (5/22).