PEPFAR Turns 10: Success at a Crossroads
As history’s largest international response to a disease hits a major milestone, there is cause both for celebration of great successes and for reflection on the challenges ahead.
Remarks by President Obama for World AIDS Day 2013
"The United States of America will remain the global leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS. We will stand with you every step of this journey until we reach the day that we know is possible, when all men and women can protect themselves from infection; a day when all people with HIV have access to the treatments that extend their lives; the day when there are no babies being born with HIV or AIDS, and when we achieve, at long last, what was once hard to imagine — and that’s an AIDS-free generation."
In POZ online’s latest op-ed, the Nobel Peace Prize winner urges the U.S. president to step up his game regarding international HIV/AIDS:
"President Barack Obama should be commended for uniting the world behind the goal of creating an AIDS-free generation. I share his passion and believe we can achieve this in the next decade—but only if we accelerate the provision of antiretrovirals to the poorest and most vulnerable people.”
Getting to Zero
In advance of both World AIDS Day on December 1 and DC’s annual replenishment meeting for the Global Fund, 38 lawmakers just sent President Obama a letter urging him to double the amount of people receiving ARV treatment through PEPFAR by 2016 (That’s from 6 million to 12 million people!).
He will now join the University of California, San Francisco as a professor focused on how to help developing countries get their health programs operational. Upgrade/Downgrade?
Improvements Needed in Addressing Global Pediatric HIV
Despite ambitious efforts to prevent global mother-to-child (MTC) HIV transmission, 210,000 new pediatric HIV cases in 2012 were added to the existing 3.4 million children living with the virus. Just 24 percent of children eligible to receive ARVs actually do, compared with 65 percent of eligible adults.
gettin’ sassy, huh?
Documenting Neglect of MSM, Trans in HIV Financing in Africa
A new report documents the role of stigma and discrimination in undermining the fight against HIV in southern Africa & shows the almost nonexistent HIV funding for MSM and trans programs in the region from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
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