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Groups Look Forward To Hearing On Birx Nomination To Head PEPFAR

“At 2 p.m. Eastern today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next leader of one of the great successes in United States foreign assistance — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). … [W]hile we frequently take time to…

Gene Therapy For HIV Is Safe, Shows Promise, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine showing gene therapy for HIV infection is safe and possibly effective. Associated Press: Gene therapy seems safe, may help control HIV “Scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of HIV patients to help them…

Global Fund Board Meets In Jakarta, Discusses New Funding Model

Jakarta Post: Global Fund to offer more flexible funding model “International funding institution the Global Fund has developed a new funding model to maximize the global fight against AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. … The Indonesian health minister hoped that the new funding model could help accelerate the achievement of…

Private Sector Engages In Women’s Empowerment As International Women’s Day Nears

Media outlets report on events around International Women’s Day, which is recognized on March 8. Devex: Live from the U.N.: Private sector engagement in women’s empowerment “The private sector can best empower women globally and help tackle key development goals especially as they relate to women through key partnerships, greater…

IFRC, UNAIDS To Support Better Access To HIV Treatment

“The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) [on Tuesday] signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to a closer partnership to support the implementation of UNAIDS’ Treatment 2015 initiative and develop a community model for delivering better access…

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 238 of its “Global Fund Observer.” The issue includes an article on the fund’s concern about the public health implications of the new anti-gay law in Uganda; an article on feeding programs for…

News Sources Report On Research Findings, Talks Presented At CROI

News sources report on several research findings and talks given at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, taking place this week in Boston. Associated Press: Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug “Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative…

CDC Blog Discusses Link Between HIV, Maternal Health In Africa

Writing in the CDC’s “Our Global Voices” blog, Isabella Danel of the CDC Division of Reproductive Health discusses progress in improving maternal health in Africa and the impact that HIV has on maternal mortality. “…The HIV epidemic is an important reason maternal mortality has not decreased much — or has even…