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Study provides first empirical evidence that foreign aid can greatly improve foreign public opinion

Study provides first empirical evidence that foreign aid can greatly improve foreign public opinion

A study by Dartmouth and Australian researchers provides the first empirical evidence using data from a variety of countries that foreign aid can greatly improve foreign public opinion of donor countries. [More]
EGPAF expansion of HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention programs in six districts in Lesotho

EGPAF expansion of HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention programs in six districts in Lesotho

​The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is pleased to announce the expansion of its HIV and AIDS treatment and prevention programs in six districts in Lesotho. [More]

EGPAF donates medical equipment to Swaziland to improve health of mothers and children

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in collaboration with Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) today donated medical equipment and supplies worth more than U.S. $500,000 to the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland's Ministry of Health to help strengthen health services provided to mothers, infants, and children in the country. [More]

CONRAD receives USAID Pioneers Prize for developing tenofovir gel to reduce HIV infection in women

CONRAD, a leading reproductive health-research organization based at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), today announced that they are a winner of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for their work in developing tenofovir gel. [More]
Population Council gets USAID cooperative agreement to develop non-ARV microbicides that block HIV, STI

Population Council gets USAID cooperative agreement to develop non-ARV microbicides that block HIV, STI

The Population Council today announced it was awarded a cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of HIV and AIDS: "Non-ARV Based Combination Microbicide that Blocks HIV and Other STIs." [More]
Antiretroviral therapy for HIV treatment saves 2.8 million years of life in South Africa

Antiretroviral therapy for HIV treatment saves 2.8 million years of life in South Africa

Antiretroviral therapy for the treatment of HIV infection has saved 2.8 million years of life in South Africa since 2004 and is projected to save an additional 15.1 million years of life by 2030, according to a new study published online in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The analysis suggests these dramatic benefits could be even greater if more aggressive HIV testing and treatment strategies are implemented. [More]

Science Translational Medicine editorial urges researchers to support the Affordable Care Act

An editorial by Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH, William H. Frist, MD, and Stuart Altman, PhD, published in the November 27 issue of Science Translational Medicine says the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an example of the role of experimentation in improving health at the public policy level. [More]

Study to assess voluntary HIV testing, prompt treatment in South Africa, Zambia

A study in South Africa and Zambia will assess whether house-to-house voluntary HIV testing and prompt treatment of HIV infection, along with other proven HIV prevention measures, can substantially reduce the number of new HIV infections across communities. [More]

Advocates, patients to urge Obama to "Keep the promise on AIDS"

As U.S. President Barack Obama continues his official visit to Africa—with a stop Friday in Pretoria, South Africa to meet with President Jacob Zuma—advocates from AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the African Council of AIDS Service Organizations and South African AIDS patients will host a press conference in Pretoria, Friday, June 28th from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Sheraton Pretoria. [More]
AHF, KANCO organize NO RETREAT ON AIDS march to call for more global HIV/AIDS funding

AHF, KANCO organize NO RETREAT ON AIDS march to call for more global HIV/AIDS funding

Concerned that key partners in the fight against HIV & AIDS like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief are losing funding due to government cuts, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in conjunction with Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium, have organized a NO RETREAT ON AIDS march from Jevanjee Gardens to Uhuru Park on Friday May 10, 2013 to protest the loss of lifesaving and much-needed funding. [More]

PEPFAR committed to programs aimed at children to reach AIDS-free generation

Citing data on how HIV/AIDS has affected children worldwide, whether directly or through the death of one or both parents, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, who also heads the State Department's Office of Global Health Diplomacy, writes in the agency's "DipNote" blog that children are vulnerable "to the social, emotional, economic, and environmental effects that HIV and AIDS has on families, communities, and countries." [More]

PEPFAR reauthorization 'rests with Congress,' OGAC official says

Speaking at a briefing on Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator Julia Martin said "[t]he decision about whether to reauthorize [PEPFAR] 'rests with Congress. ... Whether we move in that direction is yet to be fully determined but PEPFAR will continue at the will of Congress,'" CQ HealthBeat reports. [More]
At library dedication, U.S. presidents praise Bush for work on HIV/AIDS, malaria while in office

At library dedication, U.S. presidents praise Bush for work on HIV/AIDS, malaria while in office

Last week, "[t]he George W. Bush Presidential Library dedication brought together five living presidents who have been at odds about much of the 43rd president's foreign policy legacy, particularly the Iraq war ... [b]ut they all agreed on, and offered effusive praise for, Bush's work on Africa," ABC News' "The Note" blog reports. [More]
Chart presents timeline of HIV prevention options

Chart presents timeline of HIV prevention options

The Center for Global Health Policy's "Science Speaks" blog examines a chart, titled "HIV Prevention Options Timeline," which "was part of AVAC Director Mitchell Warren's presentation at a Jhpiego-sponsored" event on Thursday, titled "The Present and the Future of HIV Prevention." [More]

Kaiser Family Foundation, CSIS host panel discussion on IOM's PEPFAR evaluation

On Tuesday, April 30, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center will host a panel discussion, titled "The Policy Implications of the Institute of Medicine's Evaluation of PEPFAR," at the CSIS conference center in Washington, D.C. [More]

Blog examines independent evaluation of PMI

While the giant PEPFAR program to fight HIV/AIDS in developing countries gets a lot of attention in U.S. foreign policy discussions, a lesser known initiative to address malaria is achieving sustained, impressive results. [More]

Three steps to eliminating NTDs

In a post on the PLoS "Speaking of Medicine" blog, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) editor-in-chief Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, reviews progress being made toward the elimination of NTDs through mass drug administration and other efforts. [More]

Supreme Court justices hear arguments in case challenging anti-prostitution pledge

"Supreme Court justices appeared divided on Monday as they considered a challenge to a law requiring non-profit organizations to adopt an anti-prostitution policy in order to obtain federal funding for HIV/AIDS programs abroad," Reuters reports (Hurley, 4/22). [More]

U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments to decide fate of anti-prostitution pledge

"On Monday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that will decide if recipients of government aid can be forced to oppose prostitution -- or potentially any other issue as a contingency of receiving U.S. funds," The Nation reports. [More]

State Department hosts online discussions on foreign aid, HIV/AIDS

Richard Buangan, director of digital engagement at the U.S. State Department, notes in the agency's "DipNote" blog that Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in a Google+ hangout on Friday, April 19, at 1:15 pm EDT. [More]