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Ambassador Birx Highlights Principles Of PEPFAR’s Public Health Approach

Ambassador Deborah Birx, who was confirmed as the new U.S. global AIDS coordinator last week, released a statement on the principles of PEPFAR’s public health approach. She notes, “We have delivered results by following sound science, focusing on impact, targeting efforts where the virus is most prevalent, and grounding our…

Foreign Aid Programs Can Boost Public Perceptions Of Donor Countries

Washington Post: Doing well by doing good: foreign aid improves opinions of the U.S. Benjamin Goldsmith of the University of Sydney; Yusaku Horiuchi of Dartmouth College; and Terence Wood of Australia National University “…A fundamental question … is whether helping the poor in recipient countries and bringing benefits to donor…

New Global AIDS Coordinator Can Deliver On Vision Of AIDS-Free Generation

GlobalPost: New U.S. global AIDS coordinator has a roadmap to eliminating the disease Latanya Mapp Frett, vice president-global at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America “… Early this year, the Obama administration nominated Deborah Birx as the next U.S. global AIDS coordinator and first woman to assume the role. ……

Senate Confirms Deborah Birx As New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“The Senate [on Wednesday] confirmed the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx, filling the post to lead the world’s largest health program with a career physician researcher who has headed two previous international AIDS programs. Dr. Deborah Birx comes to the post from CDC’s Global AIDS Program and previously led the…

Secretary Kerry Swears In Deborah Birx As U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on the April 25 formal swearing in of Deborah Birx as U.S. global AIDS coordinator by Secretary of State John Kerry (Aziz, 4/25). A transcript of remarks from the ceremony is available online from the State Department (4/25).

Some Global Health Aid Improves U.S. Image Abroad, Study Shows

GlobalPost: Global health aid to fight HIV/AIDS boosts U.S.’s image abroad, says new study “…[A] new study provides strong evidence that at least some forms of global health aid improve public opinion about the United States in the countries that receive it. The study, published earlier this month in the…

Uncertainty Surrounds Timing Of Birx Confirmation To Head PEPFAR

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses the status of the nomination of Deborah Birx to head PEPFAR as the next U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. “…Congress has until April 14, when spring break starts, to confirm Birx, who was named to fill the post in mid-January…” (Barton,…

GlobalPost Blog Examines Ghana’s Success In Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines Ghana’s success in reducing its mother-to-child HIV transmission rate, saying some of the factors include support from PEPFAR and “a government arm that is exclusively dedicated to responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” In addition, “Ghana’s infant infection prevention programs, like most in west and central Africa,…

Ambitious Targets Help Spur Progress In Global AIDS Response

“On [December 2] at the White House, President Obama reported the latest accomplishments of the U.S. government’s response to HIV,” AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, stating, “The progress he cited was impressive.” However, “there was little mention of one the most impressive turnarounds…

Efforts Responding To Health Needs Of Female Sex Workers Must Be Comprehensive

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” published as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence initiative, Andrea Vazzano of Johns Hopkins University, and Tisha Wheeler and Diana Prieto of USAID’s Office of Global Health examine “the complex intersection of violence, reproductive health, and HIV faced by sex…

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