Join a Discussion on PEPFAR

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 5, 2010
Conversations With America: A Discussion on PEPFAR

Update: Watch the live broadcast here at 10:00 a.m. EDT on August 10, 2010.

On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, President and CEO of the Global Health Council, will hold a conversation with Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The discussion will be moderated by Philip (P.J.) Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Public Affairs. The event will be streamed live here on DipNote at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). You will have the opportunity to participate through the submission of questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Please leave your questions here in the comments to this entry.

The Global Health Council is the world's largest alliance of organizations working in global health, with almost 600 organizational members and 5,400 individual members in more than 100 countries. It is a U.S.-based, nonprofit organization created in 1972 to identify global health problems and report on them to the U.S. public, legislators, international and U.S. government agencies, academic institutions and the global health community. The Council advocates for more resources and better policy for global health programs, both in the U.S. and globally, and represents and supports our members to do the same. The Council's diverse membership is comprised of health professionals and organizations that include non-governmental organizations, corporations, academic institutions, foundations, faith-based organizations and government agencies. For more information on the Council, click here.

Launched in 2003, PEPFAR holds a place in history as the largest effort by any nation to combat a single disease. The human impact of America's investments has been profound. Through PEPFAR, the United States has directly supported life-saving antiretroviral treatment for more than 2.5 million people, and care for more than 11 million people with care and support programs, including more than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children. PEPFAR's efforts around prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs have allowed nearly 340,000 babies of HIV-positive mothers to be born HIV-free. PEPFAR is the cornerstone and largest component of the President's Global Health Initiative, which supports partner countries in improving health outcomes through strengthened health systems.

This is the fifth in the new Conversations with America video series launched in April 2010 by the Bureau of Public Affairs, in which the State Department's senior leadership holds periodic conversations live online with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. Discussion topics include foreign policy and global issues. These dialogues provide views of how leaders from the foreign affairs community engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues and how both the U.S. government and civil society are working around the globe on issues that concern Americans most.

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Comments

Ron
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New York, USA
August 5, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

Excellent!

A great opportunity to synergize US and Global policy, resources, and access to addressing the world's AIDS challenge.

Recommendations:

Take PEPFAR further.....AIDS is threat to national and international security. Link it to all security activities.

AIDS is not an Emergency...it is a spreading epidemic morphing for 40 years. Change the "E" in PEPFAR paradigm.

Mollh
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Georgia, USA
August 5, 2010

Mollh in Georgia (U.S.A.) writes:

Does PEPFAR's emphasis and funding base of abstinence affect the goals of the program and is it met with culture clash in civilizations?

The program should work with and cater to the culture of the community that it is helping.

Delia
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Michigan, USA
August 6, 2010

Delia in Michigan writes:

How much does PEPFAR cost the US each year? What concrete steps are you working with other countries to get them to take responsibility for funding their own HIV/AIDS programs? And how are you measuring the progress following those steps? I see the benefits of helping with this, but it seems that as long as we continue to fund...other countries are not taking the responsibility of helping with cost of the problem....

Donna S.
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New York, USA
August 6, 2010

Donna S. in New York writes:

In Rochester, New York we have World AIDS Day concerts, and I wondered if other cities can be encouraged to have fundraisers to help children and adults afflicted by AIDS as we have done for 10 years now. How prevalent are cities in the USA to sponsor fundraisers or benefits for AIDS worldwide?

Terri
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Idaho, USA
August 6, 2010

Terri in Idaho writes:

Does the US have the funds to be involved in this endevor? I doubt it.

Patricia K.
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West Virginia, USA
August 6, 2010

Patricia K. in West Virginia writes:

What is Global Health doing to promote better nutrition for women and children under five years of age in the Third World? Since the immune system is made up protein globules and it is the immune system which is so deficient with regard to AIDS, it would seem that making more protein available would be a MUST in all MCH programs.

Diane S.
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Texas, USA
August 6, 2010

Diane S. in Texas writes:

What specifically is the US government doing to ensure that people infected by HIV/AIDS will be able to afford their medications? This is a huge problem, not only in poor nations, but in our own country, even among people who have health insurance. Why can't our government compel insurance companies to cover medications, even experimental ones. Give people a chance to live.

abdalla s.
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Egypt
August 6, 2010

Abdalla A.E.S. in Egypt writes:

I want to travel to USA , I want to continue my education please help me

Violetta J.
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Wisconsin, USA
August 6, 2010

Violetta J. in Wisconsin writes:

Having personal experience with the AIDS epidemic, I am concerned about the ostrasizing of infected individuals. The numbers are growing and the infected are living longer. I would like the opportunity to work with these individuals by:

Repurposing closed military bases(w hospitals on site).

Working with medical schools across the country for treatment and research options

Providing CARES and daily living assistance with transportation.

These units will only be utilized for AIDS care.

Ashok P.
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Florida, USA
August 6, 2010

Ashok P. in Florida writes:

There are several non-profit organizations such as Clinton FOundation, Gates Foundation are also helping to fight aids. Are you planning to have a coordinated effort to combat AIDS which I believe is much more effective than individual efforts?

Walter S.
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Massachusetts, USA
August 6, 2010

Walter S. in Massachusetts writes:

Dear Mr.Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio!
When are you was born?
Best regards for you!

Les N.
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California, USA
August 6, 2010

Les N. in California writes:

Is the distribution of PEPFAR assistance still conditioned on a recipient country not offering birth-control advice and assistance at AIDS clinics, or has this been changed with the new US administration?

herb t.
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United States
August 6, 2010

Herb T. in the U.S.A. writes:

Why are we using taxpayer money to fund things like this outside of our country? with all the issues that need to be addressed, this is a Wasteful use of public funds. Put the money to work at home

Clifford B.
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California, USA
August 6, 2010

Clifford B. in California writes:

While AIDS is an ever-increasing world problem, what specific efforts are being made in the Americas (ie closer to the US) such as in earthquake-ravaged Haiti in particular. And would help to that country's specific health problems be better provided with a second Marshall Plan modeled on the original that helped Europe to recover and with French-speaking countries also assisting our Country in that effort? Thank you

Harry
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California, USA
August 6, 2010

Harry in California writes:

close hustler sex clubs make porn illegal.

Harry
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Louisiana, USA
August 6, 2010

Harry in California writes:

fire the cia

Ervin K.
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Israel
August 6, 2010

Ervin K. in Israel writes:

There is a growing public health crisis that is global in scope : it is - metabolic syndrom -MTS. 200 million Americans are affected by the MTS.It is the major hazard to both the world and the nation. Lifestyle medicine can help treat it and prevent it.
see JAMA July 14, 2010.
ervin

Marsha B.
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North Carolina, USA
August 6, 2010

Marsha B. in North Carolina:

Has anybody ever counted the number of people with AIDS who are illerate?

Edward G.
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Maine, USA
August 6, 2010

Edward G. in Maine writes:

There is a movement gaining momentum to get rid of the "AB requirements" for the African generalized epidemics. Yet evidence shows that "B" (fidelity, partner reduction) and "A" (later sexual debut) are essential to HIV prevalence decline. How will PEPFAR withstand the political pressure to return African AIDS prevention to risk reduction only?

Ogoubi M.
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Togo
August 6, 2010

Dr. Ogoubi K.W. in Togo writes:

I've a patent for my treatment of HIV infection/AIDS. I'd like working with you and gain the way of medical trial and produce the proceed for all. Would you mind helping me.

obmode
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California, USA
August 6, 2010

Obmode in California writes:

"www.youtube.com/hivquestions" - do you think we are not intelligent enough to question the hiv test and also the research that all hiv testing and treatments are based upon? do you think we don't know when politicians are deceiving people and not allowing evidence into courtrooms by making research classified for reasons of 'national security' until the freedom of information act releases them after 25 years as that act requires? and fianlly, do you really believe that Magic Johnson has AIDS?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 6, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

To Eric Goosby,

Read the other day about a young fellow who earned the UK leg of the Dyson award for his ultraviolet water purification device.

It's hand held, hand cranked and can turn the most brakish water anywwhere into 99.9% bacterial free potable water in about 5 minutes.

This could revolutionize humanitarian relief to disaster zones, and I'd urge folks to put this into field testing ASAP and then mass production if it proves to filter and sterilize the total water consumption needs of a family for an entire month before replacement is in order.

Save USAID hauling tons of water that's for sure.

Joanna C.
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Canada
August 6, 2010

Joanna C. in Canada writes:

Q1. It seems that in the past PEPFAR has taken steps to ensure that the most vulnerable individuals in our world have been somewhat more of a priority, in terms of providing greater access to free and essential treatment. However, it now seems that under President Obama's direction PEPFAR is now becoming a utilitarian based initiative. As a graduate of business school I can appreciate the need to be fiscally efficient, however, as a friend to many of those who will be impacted by the cut in funding and broken promises, as well as a student of Public Health, I can't help but believe that the most vulnerable will be forgotten.

Should PEPFAR (and programs like it) follow a utilitarian principle - "the greatest good, for the greatest amount of people"? If so, what will be done to protect the most vulnerable in our world who are suffering and will suffer greatly due to the recent cut backs to the PEPFAR program, especially in the area of treatment?

Q2. In the wake of reduced funding for treating HIV+ indivudals, what is PEPFAR's response to recent reports that indicate starting HIV+ individuals on treatment earlier helps reduce the risk of infecting others?

Isaac S.
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Nigeria
August 6, 2010

Isaac L.S. in Nigeria writes:

I have read a lot scientific papers denouncing the actual existence of AIDS, just as there papers denouncing the hue about Climate change as a scam. What is global AIDS doing about it. 2.The campaign against AIDS in Africa seems only to focus on promoting use of condoms, and this is grossly inadequate. The root cause of the AIDS problem in Africa is mental poverty. Investment in attitudinal transformation will go a long way in combating it more than promoting use of condoms, except there is ulterior objective or is there?

FC B.
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Indiana, USA
August 7, 2010

F.C. in Indiana writes:

What is wrong with having sex education starting in junior high school.

Some dumb boys and girls don't even know they can get pregnant, this will also end abortion.

Start now!!

All countries need to teach sex education in schools and adults anywhere they can.

K V.
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India
August 7, 2010

K.S. in India writes:

Should We not Add Programs for Imbuing the Global Youth with Moral Principles?

While acknowledging and appreciating the great efforts made possible by PEPFAR led by the US Global AIDS Coordinator in combating the HIV/AIDS around the world, I wish to add a new dimension to the general approach to this global challenge.

In fighting this disease, our efforts have been generally pathological as it ought to be and no doubt we are making some progress. But are we going deep enough and trying to block the emergence and spread of this disease by dealing with its ‘causes’?

The pathological research efforts are very important. Should they not be supplemented by efforts from other angles? One such supplemental effort is ‘creating awareness of the disease among the people’; and some good work is being done in this direction.

The disease is admittedly the result of promiscuity. Do we face this reality directly and deal with it as a problem of immoral behavior of both men and women? I do not want to criminalize the already suffering victims but the fact remains that disciplined sexual behavior could have saved many of them from this deadly disease. In the communities where such self-discipline prevails, the impact of the disease has been negligible, if not zero.

Even while suggesting preventive methods, we only suggest how they can indulge in unrestricted sex and yet escape form the disease. How can we gauge the effect of such wrong hints and signals coming from the medical community?

Should we not think of some supplementary programs that would make the people, especially the global youth, realize the importance of self discipline, accept a better value system and follow a healthy sexual behavior?

I know such efforts may be time-consuming and difficult to carry on. The results might not be very concrete and obvious. But in the long run, these efforts would prove to be more efficacious than others, which simply try to circumvent the force of Mother Nature.

K.S. V.
Associate Editor,
Dynamic Youth Online Magazine

J. H.
|
Arizona, USA
August 8, 2010

J.N.H. in Arizona writes:

Why are you ignoring the work of Niro Markoff who healed herself from HIV/ARC back in 1986?

I've posted her book on line

"www.computerhealth.org/wisa.htm"

She is still alive teaching others how she did it.

Matthew L.
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New York, USA
August 8, 2010

Matthew R.L. in New York writes:

Question for Amb. Goosby and PJ Crowley:

What if anything is the U.S. doing about the imprisonment of AIDS educator / activist Maxim Popov by the Karimov government in Uzbekistan?

Matthew R.L., Reporter at UN for Inner City Press

For this: "www.innercitypress.com/ban1uzbek061810.html"

Kristiawan
|
Indonesia
August 8, 2010

Kristiawan in Indonesia writes:

You can belive AIDS
can cure now

it simple methode ........

Vyacheslav D.
|
Russia
August 8, 2010

Vyacheslav in Russia writes:

Against the metabolick syndrome - arrive russia and work at a plant for normal in this country wage with stalling alot of wage by a boss - will not be a overweight.

Against HIV/AIDS - 5-6T. RR. (1$-29-31 Russian Rouble) - month wage of a medical doktor in the rustsha - who will prevent HIV profiting by lektions, another information? In all schooles (I am swear, it is correct) only a police&secrete; services officer's shuld are sale drugs. So often the drug dillers are enforce anybody (a reach family chuld) to injekt geroinum/another drug on own body for to became abused - for to geth money from the family. If the boy/girl/vicktim's father want not to his son/daughter will be enforced to do it (like he/she is an animal or a slave) - the father will die in a car accident in 1-2 months or will be arrested and sentensed (by a court with a barristor only in his past - officer of secrete services or police, it may not be in the court any another lawer/defencer) like a religiouse or ethnick or similar fight/a small war ingnitor. Similar in most of all countryes. Thats why America must enforce democracy like in Iraq and in the JUgoslavia in all the World. Delete Russia as soon as it possible please, rescue russian frome the terroble regime of Putin-Medvedev. Libereta us.

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