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The Council is pleased to host Ambassador Eric Goosby, United States Global AIDS Coordinator, tonight at 6 PM. His visit comes only days after the conclusion of the biennial International AIDS Conference, at which he led the US delegation. The biggest news at the conference was the announcement of the development of a successful, new microbicide for HIV/AIDS prevention. While this was heralded as a huge advance in the fight against HIV/AIDS, many are now wondering whether it can be produced inexpensively enough for it to gain wide use and whether or not it will even be approved by regulators.

Join us tonight to learn about the conference and what the Obama Administration is doing to fight HIV/AIDS around the world. Register for the program here.

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As policy-makers, scientists, and persons living with HIV/AIDS convene this week at the International AIDS Conference, some are taking a closer look at AIDS policy in the United States. Since 2004, when President George W. Bush created the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program (PEPFAR), the US has spent $19 billion to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa. These funds have provided 2.5 million Africans with anti-retroviral treatment and have contributed to the decline in new infections. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in Tuesday’s New York Times opinion section, argues that President Obama is not living up to his campaign pledge to increase PEPFAR’s budget, nor is he doing well by other disease prevention programs. Read his full opinion here.

Learn more about the Obama administration’s AIDS prevention and treatment efforts on Wednesday, July 28 when the Council hosts Ambassador Eric Goosby, US Global AIDS Coordinator. Register for the program here.

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American policy on fighting AIDS in Africa is having a dramatic impact on survival rates and is rapidly changing the way Africans are thinking about the disease. Learn more about the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) on Wednesday, April 14 when the Council hosts the US Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby.

Last night 60 Minutes aired a story about the positive outcomes of PEPFAR in Uganda. Watch it here.

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An article this week in The Christian Science Monitor highlights the deepening shortfall in funding for international efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.  Global health leaders are calling for the Obama Administration to pledge American money to these ends, to set an example for the rest of the world.

The article argues, “The international economic turmoil must not be allowed to sidetrack attention from global health initiatives, especially with many countries in the midst of multiyear programs that are delivering impressive results, say health experts. With a hint of exasperation, some experts note that the world’s wealthy are managing to come up with huge sums of money for business bailouts and national stimulus plans.”

Our upcoming Global Philanthropy Forum conference in April will look at exactly this issue – how government can and should partner with the private and social sectors to address challenges in health, and in four other areas – poverty, education, climate change, and conflict.  See a list of confirmed speakers so far, here.

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