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Resilient Health Systems Can Prevent and Contain Pandemics

A technician swabs the throat of a duck at Bangkok’s Klongtoey Market during an avian influenza survey. / Richard Nyberg, USAID

Resilient health systems can help us mitigate disease outbreaks and avert pandemics. This entails being able to detect and respond to emerging diseases threats, bounce back when adversity strikes, address a wide range of health challenges and offer innovative solutions.

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Delivering Life-Saving HIV/AIDS Drugs Around the World

USAID’s global health supply chains promote country ownership of public health programs and create sustainable country health systems. / Ulf Newmark, SCMS

For more than 10 years, USAID has been the lead agency innovating in supply chain management — procuring and delivering drugs and laboratory supplies to hospitals and clinics across the globe to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

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Equipping Health Workers to Achieve an AIDS-free Generation


As we celebrate World Health Worker Week, we recognize the tireless efforts of facility- and community-based health workers to achieve an AIDS-free generation, and we advocate that the international community continue to invest in them.

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Innovative HIV-Prevention Product for Women Could Be New Tool in the Fight for an AIDS-Free Gen

The Ring Study findings may give new hope to women who need diverse options to protect themselves from HIV and AIDS./ Matthew Willman/Oxfam, Courtesy of Photoshare

A new USAID-supported monthly vaginal ring is the first HIV prevention method designed specifically for women to be confirmed effective in two large clinical trials. This innovative product has the potential to contribute to the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

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Why Right Now is the Right Time to Act Faster to Stop Unnecessary HIV/AIDS Deaths

Emily with four youth group members in Botswana. / Project Concern International

Rapidly scaling up treatment can be difficult when international partners’ sense of urgency does not always reflect the reality of those most affected by the epidemic. USAID, PEPFAR, partners and beneficiaries must focus to expand treatment to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.

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On the Job at USAID: Meeting An Amazing Global Health Hero

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On July 28, in Chennai, India, the world that fights HIV lost a true hero. It was an honor to have met Dr. Suniti Solomon, a pioneer in HIV and AIDS work. How lucky we are to be with people who really do make the world a better place. Now, we must carry on the legacy.

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Growing Children, Trees and Science: The Work Towards an AIDS Vaccine

HIV's outer-envelope proteins penetrate and infect host T-Cells; this illustration shows areas where antibodies can bind to and block the virus / Evan Oto / Science Source

In 1999, a tree was planted in Baltimore with the hopes that, by the time it had grown, the world would have an AIDS vaccine. While we’re not there yet, the tree is a reminder of our ever growing efforts to find a solution, efforts that USAID is dedicated to and optimistic about.

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How Progress Works: A Disappointing Microbicides Trial and Why We’re Not Discouraged

The FACTS 001 trial made use of applicators to dispense 1 percent tenofovir gel before and after sex. Photo Credit: International Partnership for Microbicides

Back to the drawing board: The FACTS 001 trial, a study to test whether tenofovir gel could prevent HIV infection, did not confirm the gel’s effectiveness. While these results are disappointing, USAID is supporting the development of many other promising solutions, including vaginal rings and long-acting injectables.

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The Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Gender-Based Violence: A Critical Connection

A mother plays with her child while waiting for services at Jose Maria Cabral y Baez Hospital in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Health workers and supervisors from this hospital participated in a workshop and supportive site supervision system designed and delivered by the Directorate of STI/HIV/AIDS (DIGECITSS), the health services network (REDES), and CapacityPlus to improve the quality of services to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis. / Wendy Tactuk, courtesy of CapacityPlus and IntraHealth International

This week we mark World AIDS Day. Appropriately, it occurs during the Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Though not always self-evident, the connection is clear.

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IWD 2014: An AIDS Vaccine as a Force for Women’s Equality

We’ve come a long way in 104 years of marking International Women’s Day. But far too many women remain left behind in far too many parts of the world. In Africa, a vicious cycle of HIV and AIDS and gender inequity continues to thwart women’s hopes for a healthy and productive life. AIDS is the […]

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