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European Laboratories Form Consortium To Study Neglected Tropical Diseases A handful of European universities and industries have formed a consortium to “boost drug development for the treatment of two deadly diseases, the African sleeping sickness and Leishmaniasis, which affect millions of people worldwide,” afrol News reports. “This new project combines…

New York Times Magazine Interviews Clinton About Global Women’s Issues

The New York Times Magazine, as part of a special issue that focuses on women worldwide, published an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who “staked her claim as an advocate for global women’s issues in 1995, when, as first lady, she gave an impassioned speech at a United Nations conference in Beijing.” The interview was conducted ahead of her 11-day seven country tour of Africa.

PEPFAR Decisions To Be Grounded In Scientific Evidence, Goosby Says

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “said future programmes to prevent HIV infection would be those supported by the best scientific evidence,” reports the Financial Times. Goosby told the Financial Times in an interview: “I will always wrap myself in the science as the justification of decision-making. I will not factor in an ideological rationale.”

Organizations Send Letter To Congressmen Asking For Birx Confirmation Hearing

“Signers from 28 organizations advocating for global HIV responses called on United States Senators Robert Menendez and Robert Corker to schedule a confirmation hearing in the next week for Dr. Deborah Birx, nominated by the White House last month to serve as the next U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and lead…

PEPFAR Helps To Advance MDGs

PEPFAR: 500 Days from 2015 MDGs Target: How is PEPFAR Contributing? The blog post describes how PEPFAR is contributing to advancing six of the eight Millennium Development Goals. “…PEPFAR is the foundation of much of what can be done to meet our global health and development goals…” (8/18).

Blog Post Discusses Article On PEPFAR, Call For Better Data Collection

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: PEPFAR’s South Africa “transition”: Nearly 20 percent of patients went unaccounted for when care was transferred, study finds Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses several articles looking at PEPFAR…

Birx Discusses PEPFAR Vision At USAID Town Hall Event

USAID “Impact”: The Future of PEPFAR David Stanton, director of USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS in the Bureau for Global Health, discusses a USAID town hall event at which U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx discussed her vision for the next stage of PEPFAR (5/29).

Blog Presents Second Part Of Two-Part Interview With Birx

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Ambassador Deborah Birx on viral load testing, young women, South Africa, and the T word Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, presents Part 2 of a “Science Speaks” interview with…

U.S. Foreign Assistance Reforms Must Be Written Into Law, Former Congressman Says

Devex: U.S. aid reforms lack staying power, says former congressman “U.S. foreign assistance has seen some notable successes — and a few failures — during the last six years, but for progress to be sustained it needs to be written into law, Jim Kolbe, honorary co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign…

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