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June 2009
Vol. 19 No. 6
Global ID
Highlights from the HIV/AIDS Implementersí Meeting in Namibia

The Center for Global Health Policy provided provocative, in-depth coverage of the HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting, held June 11-14 in Namibia. On the Center’s blog, Science Speaks, John Donnelly, a former Boston Globe reporter, filed more than a dozen posts on a range of hot topics—from the slow implementation of male circumcision to the effects of a looming funding crisis for global AIDS programs.

The coverage also featured insights from guest bloggers, including Buck Buckingham, the PEPFAR country coordinator for Kenya; Barbara de Zalduondo, chief of the Programmatic Priorities Support Division with UNAIDS in Geneva; and Caroline Ryan, director of program services and chief technical officer in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

One of the most interesting items was Donnelly’s interview with Kevin De Cock, the World Health Organization’s director of HIV/AIDS programs, who made waves at the opening of the meeting when he said that some people, “no matter how unfairly,’’ may draw comparisons between AIDS treatment in the developing world today and the infamous Tuskegee study, in which researchers failed to appropriately treat syphilis among African American men in Macon County, Ala., between 1932 and 1972.

Click here to read the interview with De Cock and other items from the conference.

Other recent posts include:

  • Analysis of a congressional spending proposal for vital global health programs. On June 17, the House Appropriations subcommittee marked up its foreign operations spending bill, which includes funding for HIV and tuberculosis global health programs. The Senate will mark up its version of the legislation in July.
  • Coverage of the nomination hearing for Eric Goosby, MD, who has been confirmed as the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. 

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