Pepfar Watch

VIDEO ESSAY: Community members in Malawi outline their solutions to PEPFAR

Three people involved in fighting for the critical changes outlined in the Liu Lathu Mu COP21, Ellen, Winnie and Monica, are sharing their stories and their prescriptions for change in order to show PEPFAR, and the government of Malawi, what it means to interact with the current, failing healthcare system, and why the changes activists are demanding in COP21 are urgently needed.

COVID-19 Emergency Supplemental Spending and the U.S. Global AIDS Response

At least $1.4 billion for PEPFAR and $4 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund)​ ​is needed as part of the COVID-19 Supplemental Spending Bill, to ensure rapid restoration of HIV prevention and treatment services to levels seen prior to COVID-19 to mitigate the harms COVID-19 responses have already caused, argues Health GAP.

Opinion: PEPFAR and the Global Fund must improve care for HIV-positive children

Children’s lives and the lives of their caregivers must become a priority that is reflected through the budgets and policy agendas of PEPFAR, the Global Fund, and national governments. Our children are dying. The world must wake up and treat this as the emergency that it is, write Maureen Milanga and Alexandra Volgina.

AVAC on PEPFAR Leadership Transition—and Beyond

Today, Ambassador Deborah Birx announced that she would be retiring from leadership of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She also announced that her deputy coordinator, Angeli Achrekar, will be the acting US Global AIDS Coordinator. In this week of political transition—Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th United States President tomorrow—AVAC marks Ambassador Birx’s departure with gratitude and a call to future action for PEPFAR and the new administration.

2021 PEPFAR Country Operational Plans: Mark your calendars and get involved!

At the end of December 2020, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) will publish the final version of the 2021 PEPFAR COP Guidance. It is crucial that gay men, bisexual men, and other men having sex with men, and other civil society advocates and key population-led groups be prepared to engage in the annual PEPFAR planning processes writes MPact.

Ritshidze project publicly releases community-led monitoring tools & guidelines

The Ritshidze project today released a new website with resource toolkits on how it uses community-led monitoring to improve the quality of HIV and TB service delivery. Ritshidze — one of the most extensive community-led clinic monitoring systems — was developed by networks of People Living with HIV in South Africa to hold government and aid agencies to account to fix our broken public healthcare system.

The World is Failing HIV Positive Kids: What Has Gone Wrong and What We Must Do About It

The latest damning data on pediatric AIDS are in. UNAIDS has just released a report on the status of efforts to eliminate perinatal HIV infection, reach all HIV-exposed infants with rapid diagnosis, and ensure all 1.8 million children living with HIV have access to quality treatment. The report points to nothing short of global failure to protect children from substandard HIV care, writes Asia Russell from Health GAP.

Community Alert: PEPFAR’s Technical Guidance for COVID-19

MPact is closely following developments regarding COVID-19, and particularly its impact on gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. MPact has provided short info notes with resources on a variety of topics, including: tips for LGBTI advocates; sex and sexual health; staying healthy under physical distancing and self-isolation; tips for health professionals serving LGBTI communities during COVID-19; Human Rights Advocacy & COVID-19: Considerations for LGBTI Advocates, a joint statement with UNAIDS on discrimination in the age of COVID-19 and Inclusion of LGBTI People in COVID-19 Response Efforts.