The BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – represent over forty percent of the world’s population and “nearly a quarter of its economic output.” At the same time, as noted by Dr. Motsoaledi, the BRICS contain one-third of the world’s HIV+ individuals. Over the past decades, each nation grappled with national HIV/AIDS epidemics
The many aspirational high-notes hit by speakers throughout AIDS 2012 are nonetheless tempered by some underlying realities. Funding for HIV activities has flat-lined and the health of key funding institutions, especially the Global Fund, is arguably fragile. Additionally, economic growth in Africa may be accompanied by increasing disparities between rich and poor, creating the types of vulnerabilities that drive HIV/AIDS epidemics.
Senators John Kerry and Lindsey Graham delivered strong messages of bipartisan political support for U.S. engagement on global AIDS in Monday’s plenary session of AIDS 2012. The participation of this senior Senate Democrat and Republican testified to the crucial bipartisan support that has characterized the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, since its inception.
In Monday’s celebrity-filled AIDS 2012 plenary session, entitled “Ending the Epidemic: Turning the Tide Together,” much of the technical information came in Dr. Anthony Fauci’s presentation of the epidemiologic and research data that are the basis for the optimistic projections of an “AIDS-free generation” to come.
In a rousing address to the AIDS 2012 conference on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened with “five words we have not be able to say for too long: welcome to the United States!” She then proceeded to dazzle the crowd with her passionate command of the issues and her direct discussion of many of the most fundamental and sensitive issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS response. If this is to be her legacy speech on HIV/AIDS, she will surely have left her mark.
In advance of the XIX International AIDS Conference -- AIDS 2012 -- CSIS celebrated the release of the special supplement of the Journal of AIDS focused on PEPFAR. Organized in cooperation with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), the event featured contributing authors and guest editors who are leading figures in PEPFAR and the international HIV/AIDS community. The roundtables engaged in fascinating and wide-ranging discussions of the successes and challenges of PEPFAR, from its inception to its future.
The new report entitled, 'Advancing Health in Ethiopia: With Fewer Resources, An Uncertain GHI Strategy, and Vulnerabilities On the Ground," is an effort to understand both the many remarkable health gains achieved in recent years through the close partnership between the United States and Ethiopia, and to reflect on the key considerations which should guide U.S. policy looking forward, taking into account shifts in available resources, the mixed record of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the broader governing environment in Ethiopia.
On Monday, May 21, at the Atlanta Summit, CARE, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta gathered Atlanta’s leaders and other prominent Americans to discuss sustaining U.S. leadership to improve the world’s health. In this blog, J. Stephen Morrison reflects on the outcomes of the Summit.
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On May 21, 2012, The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, CARE USA, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held a major conference on how the United States, even in the midst of fiscal austerity and political division, can best advance the world’s health.
Blog about World Immunization Week 2012 by Dan Thomas, Head of Media and Communications at the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership which aims to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to vaccines in the world’s poorest countries.
On March 16th, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center hosted a video “film festival” focusing on vaccines and new media. The event explored how global health organizations and private foundations are making the case for U.S. investments in global immunization, using internet videos and social media to reach U.S. policymakers and the American public.
In November 2011, a team from CSIS traveled to Zambia to produce a video on vaccination efforts - their value, their long-term sustainability, and the challenges to their implementation. The video aims to portray the complexities of immunization in Zambia and to make broader points about global immunization efforts.