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Trump Dismisses Remaining Members Of Presidential Advisory Council On HIV/AIDS

Newsweek: Trump fires HIV/AIDS Council in its entirety by FedEx letter, report claims “President Donald Trump fired the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) [December 27, 2017], reportedly informing them without explanation with a letter delivered by FedEx…” (Paton, 12/29). New York Times: Trump Ends Terms…

Governments, Health Organizations Should Strengthen Tobacco Control Policies

Project Syndicate: Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, and Tabaré Ramón Vázquez, president of Uruguay “…Around the world, tobacco use kills more than seven million people annually. Enough is enough; at this critical moment, we must not let the momentum slip. Governments and health organizations…

UNAIDS, Partners Assess Progress Toward ‘AIDS Free’ Agenda, AIDS-Related SDG Target

Devex: Child treatment, HIV prevention top UNAIDS priorities as it eyes SDG target “In an ambitious effort to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, as set out by the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations has adopted a strategy that focuses on fast-tracking ending the disease among children, adolescents, and…

USAID Invests Nearly $42M To Support WASH Activities In Haiti

Haiti Libre: Haiti — USA : $42M to support access to drinking water and sanitation “The United States took another step to support access to clean water for Haiti’s citizens and continuing the fight against cholera. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Water and Sanitation project supports the goal…

Brazil Must Reboot National AIDS Strategy

Bloomberg: Brazil’s AIDS Fight Falls Victim to Success Mac Margolis, author “…Data from the public health ministry released early this month shows that AIDS — a scourge Brazil appeared on track to beat — is on the rise among some demographics (young men) and regions (the north and northeast). ……

Public-Private Partnerships Vital To Making Progress Against NTDs

Devex: Opinion: How public-private partnerships are combating NTDs Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa “…Thanks to an innovative public-private partnership, we’ve seen remarkable progress against [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)]. In an unprecedented move, 13 of the largest pharmaceutical companies have pulled together under the auspices of the CEO…

NTD Progress Report Shows Numbers Of People Affected By Diseases Down, 1B People Received Treatment, Challenges Remain

Los Angeles Times: Guinea worm, river blindness and elephantiasis are among the world’s neglected tropical diseases. A battle is on to wipe them out “…[T]he combined efforts of governments, nonprofit organizations, academia, and the private sector have helped combat neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, during the last five years, according…

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