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Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 232 of its “Global Fund Observer.” The issue includes an article on the investigation into allegations of corruption in Cambodia, a commentary on domestic HIV/AIDS spending, and an article on new Aidspan pledges…

DRC Reports Threefold Increase In Malaria Cases In Rebel Stronghold

“There has been a threefold increase in the number of malaria cases recorded in the former M23 rebel stronghold of Rutshuru, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province, compared to past years,” IRIN reports, noting health officials say ‘[i]nsecurity is exacerbating the spread of the disease.” “Between…

India’s Delay On Global Fund Grant Caused HIV Drug Shortages, Live Mint Reports

India’s “health ministry sat on a $187 million international grant offered to the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) for some 18 months, causing drug shortages that left about one million HIV-positive Indians treated under the program without drugs and testing kits for at least five of those months,” Live Mint…

Cambodia Launches Investigation Into Corruption Allegations In Handling Of Global Fund Money

“Cambodia’s government anticorruption agency has launched an investigation into allegations of corruption involving the handling of money from an international fund to fight infectious diseases, a senior official of the watchdog agency said,” Kyodo News International/GlobalPost reports. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria suspended contracts with two…

Opinion Pieces Published Ahead Of Global Fund Replenishment Conference

The following is a summary of opinion pieces published ahead of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s replenishment conference scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., on December 3. Phyllis AlRoy, Times of Trenton: “The choice is clear: invest in efforts to end these pandemics or allow…

South Korea Uses Airline Tax To Raise Global Fund Contribution

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Thursday that it had received a major boost from South Korea thanks to a levy on airline tickets,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The Geneva-based body … said South Korea was to double its contribution over the next three years,” the news…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 31 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue discusses the process for submitting regional applications under the new funding model, highlights a new Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey, notes “a Colombian health initiative supported by the…

Responsibility Of Replenishing Global Fund Must Be Shared By Wealthy, Developing Countries

“The Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] is asking for $15 billion for the next three years, of which the U.S. is asked to contribute $5 billion,” Taufiqur Rahman, an international health specialist, writes in The Hill’s “Congress Blog.” “So far, the U.K., France, Japan, Germany, Scandinavian countries,…

New York Times Reports On Global Fund’s Suspension Of Contracts With Bednet Suppliers

The New York Times reports on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s suspension of contracts with two international suppliers of mosquito nets after discovering the companies had “paid bribes to health officials in Cambodia.” The newspaper notes, “Although the suspensions raise the possibility that the world will…

President Obama Should Take Two Actions To Advance AIDS-Free Generation Goal

“We are making historic progress against HIV/AIDS … [y]et AIDS remains the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa,” Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and honorary chair of endgame, writes in a Politico opinion piece. “President Barack Obama should be commended for uniting the world behind the goal…

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