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Winning the Fight Against HIV in Children

Rajiv Shah

Over thirty years ago, when the fight against HIV first began, the outlook for tackling the pandemic was bleak. Across the world, AIDS was seen as a death sentence. Within just a few years, it had devastated communities from the United States to South Africa. But the world continued to fight, and the past three…

Giving Mothers a Very Special Gift

PEPFAR Health Clinic

What is the greatest gift we can give a mother this Mother’s Day? There are many answers, but one is to help her live and help her children live a healthy life. As we celebrate Mother’s Day and think about mothers around the world, the American people are working through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan…

In Nigeria, Remembering Lives Lost

Goosby Nigeria

I am writing from Abuja, Nigeria, where all are mourning the victims of the tragic bombings of a local newspaper’s offices here and in the city of Kaduna. Innocent lives were lost to these terrible acts of murder. At the time of the blast, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and I were commemorating the victims…

An Update From the Global Fund Board Meeting in Geneva

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Recently, I met with my fellow Global Fund Board members in Geneva and I am buoyed by the reform that is happening at the Fund under the leadership of new General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo. As everyone knows, the United States has been pushing aggressively for reform, linking our historic pledge of $4 billion from FY…

Change Is the One True Constant: Transitions at HHS

Ronald Valdiserri

Introducing the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy As announced in the Federal Register on Friday, March 16, the office formerly known as the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy will now be known as the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP). OHAIDP, located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, is…

Looking to AIDS 2012: Turning the Tide Together

Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Ambassador at Large

For the first time in over 20 years, the biannual International AIDS Conference will be hosted on American soil. From July 22-27, AIDS 2012 will convene scientists, health professionals, policy makers and those affected by AIDS in Washington, D.C. to assess progress to date and identify next steps in the global response. The conference theme,…

Celebrating International Women’s Day by Investing in Women and Girls

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Co-authored by Melanne Verveer,  Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. As we observe Women’s History Month throughout March, we celebrate the work pioneered by advocates, policymakers, and practitioners around the world to advance women’s rights. Promoting the rights of women and addressing gender inequities and gender norms are essential steps to reducing HIV risk and increasing…

On the Passing of Representative Donald Payne

Donald Payne

The global health community lost one of its strongest champions today with the death of Representative Donald Payne. Rep. Payne was a tireless advocate for humanitarian support to developing countries, particularly in Africa. He served for 25 years in Congress and was a trailblazer for public health and human rights for people worldwide. In 2003,…