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From Evidence to Action: What Works for Women and Girls

In Lesotho and other southern African countries, the HIV/AIDS epidemic remains a painful reality. Read more >>

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This Week at the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA)

The 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva and reflected on a decade of progress in global health, particularly in maternal and child health, uncertainty in the current economic climate, new challenges like non-communicable diseases and a sense of urgency to improve health systems. Dr. Margaret Chan was elected for a second five-year […]

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Achieving an HIV- and TB-Free Generation

Originally posted to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation blog.  Too many people around the world have forgotten about the dangers of tuberculosis – particularly for mothers and children. TB is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be spread in saliva, most often through coughing, sneezing, or exhaling in close quarters. While TB has […]

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World AIDS Day: New Advances Are Critical to Achieving the Vision of an AIDS-free Generation

Featured on Huffington Post For the first time since the AIDS virus surfaced, devastating communities and overwhelming nations, the world has the tools and knowledge to ensure an entire generation is born free from its scourge. By building on a strong legacy of progress and bipartisan support and relying on proven interventions and new breakthroughs, […]

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Open for Questions: The Beginning of the End of AIDS

As featured on The White House Blog Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, and President Obama will be marking the occasion by speaking at ONE Campaign and (RED)’s Beginning of the End of AIDS event at George Washington University. You can watch the whole event live on YouTube.com/TheONECampaign. Later in the day, Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to […]

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Managing HIV/AIDS Medicines and Supplies in Tanzania

Jay Heaver is the Director of Knowledge Sharing and Communications for SCMS (Supply Chain Management System). On a recent trip to Tanzania, I made several site visits in and around Mwanza, a beautiful city along Lake Victoria, about 1200 km from the capital of Dar es Salaam. My tour guide was Eric Shoo, one of […]

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Reaching Most-at-Risk Populations with HIV Counseling and Testing in Brazil

Over the summer, I visited Brazil with representatives from USAID’s Caribbean Regional HIV Program.  The Caribbean team was interested in learning about USAID/Brazil’s innovative HIV counseling and testing program, Quero Fazer, which is implemented by the Associação Espaço de Prevenção e Atenção Humanizada (EPAH). EPAH manages Quero Fazer, a project designed specifically to reach most-at-risk […]

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USAID Renews Commitment to Finding a Viable HIV Vaccine

Having worked in the HIV/AIDS realm for many years, I’ve gotten my share of questions on when I think an effective vaccine will finally be discovered and the world will bear witness to an AIDS free generation. Some wonder why, after 30 years, our path towards finding a cure for HIV—a virus that has taken […]

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On the Road with SCMS, Part 3: In South Africa, a provincial depot’s dream team mobilizes to support scale up of HIV/AIDS care and treatment

In this three part series, Jay Heavner, Director of Knowledge Sharing and Communication at Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), highlights his experiences visiting three countries in Africa to observe SCMS project sites. In March, Diane Reynolds, Supply Chain Management System (SCMS)’s country director in South Africa,wrote about President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and USAID’s […]

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On the Road with SCMS, Part 2: In Ethiopia, capacity building helps a health center manage its supply of HIV/AIDS commodities

In this three part series, Jay Heavner, Director of Knowledge Sharing and Communication at Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), highlights his experiences visiting three countries in Africa to observe SCMS project sites. The Fital Health Center is located about 135 kilometers north of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, in a beautiful agricultural region of small villages […]

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