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A Policy is a Policy, Unless It's a…

In the past two weeks, Federal Courts in Washington DC and New York City have ruled on two related and closely-watched cases that pitted US Government Contractors against USAID and the US Government over the interpretation of the PEPFAR language regarding prostitution. The prostitution policy requires all recipients of USG funding under PEPFAR - both U.S.

A Policy is a Policy, Unless It's a…

In the past two weeks, Federal Courts in Washington DC and New York City have ruled on two related and closely-watched cases that pitted US Government Contractors against USAID and the US Government over the interpretation of the PEPFAR language regarding prostitution. The prostitution policy requires all recipients of USG funding under PEPFAR - both U.S.

HIV Prevention, Kenya-style

Today’s New York Times includes a fascinating article on the apparent successes of PEPFAR-sponsored and broader HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Kenya. Among the few countries in Africa that has been able to slow or reverse the trend of AIDS infections (the club also includes Uganda and Zimbabwe), recent evidence from Kenya shows that the number of new infections nation-wide has declined from an estimated 200,000 annually at its peak, to 90,000 today. The cause: the ABCs.

Bono Gets (RED) Ink on His Hands

If you haven’t seen it yet, a British newspaper, the Independent, turned over editing responsibilities to Bono. The rock star turned savior of Africa is touring Africa this week to see how aid is working, and to promote the Global Fund and some other initiatives.

The issue is impressive and a must read for anyone interested in public health or Africa. Among the rather eclectic set of articles:

Russia to propose new center for HIV/AIDS vaccine at G8 summit

RIA Novosti

Russia will propose at the July G8 summit in St. Petersburg establishing a new center to work on an HIV/AIDS vaccine, a presidential aide said Tuesday.

The disease poses a potentially dire threat for Russia, already under threat from a demographic crisis, as official statistics say a total of 350,000 people are HIV+, but independent experts claim the figure is about three times higher.

Carter Center to Receive Gates Global Health Award

Today the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that the Carter Center will receive the 2006 Gates Award for Global Health, which carries with it a $1 million prize. A press release notes some of the Carter Center’s laudable achievements:

  • Reducing Guinea worm disease by 99.5%

Open-Source Modeling for Health

Christine Gorman at Time has posted a fascinating analysis of the new Global Pandemic Initiative, which is a collaborative effort between IBM and over twenty major worldwide public health institutions, including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help stem the spread of infectious diseases with the goal of identifying and mapping pandemic outbreaks to better target vac

A Happy Mother's Day for All

Just in time for Mother's Day, Save the Children's new report, State of the World's Mothers (PDF), makes a compelling connection between the health of mothers and their newborn babies in the developing world, focusing on the high rates of maternal mortality - virtually unchanged in more than a decade - and the deaths of 4 millions children during the neonatal period, most of which are preventable with known interventions.

HIV/AIDS in Liberia: Development’s Destruction with Reconstruction?

Sobering news from a recent Save the Children report indicates that aid workers and UN peacekeeping troops continue to trade food for sex with young Liberian girls:

Despite commitments made in 2002 by non-governmental organizations, the United Nations and peacekeepers to improve the worldwide monitoring of recruitment and staff conduct, vulnerable children are still exchanging sex for basic necessities such as money to attend school or food to feed their families.

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