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Bush triples aid to Africa

One of the things that Bush is not getting credit for is aid to Africa. As I posted recently, this might be the only good thing his administration is ultimately remembered for. Today, a Washington Post article noted that the Administration has quietly tripled aid to Africa. With PEPFAR and the Millennium Challenge Account, aid […]

Kay Warren and Saddleback Church

Kay Warren, wife of Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and founder of the Saddleback Church, was recently interviewed in Newsweek. The Warrens earlier this month hosted a summit attended by more than 2,000 on the role of the church in fighting AIDS. As I recently posted, Warren invited Senator Barack Obama whose views […]

May 2006 special issue on AIDS in Newsweek

I ran across this special issue on AIDS in Newsweek. It includes interviews and articles by Bill Clinton, Melinda Gates, articles on AIDS in India, and an overview of the epidemic 25 years on.

Special issue of Perspectives on AIDS

There is a special issue on AIDS in the political science journal Perspectives on Politics. Click here for a link to PDF links to all of the articles. This symposium, featured as part of the December 2006 issue of Perspectives on Politics, contains articles that explore the complex politics, history, and social dynamics of the […]

Product Red, Oprah, Bono

Just in time for the holidays, if you haven’t done your shopping yet, then consider–Product Red–all the varieties of t-shirts, shoes, jeans, sunglasses, MP3 players, watches, and cell phones from the GAP, Apple, Armani, Motorola with about 50% of the proceeds going to the Global Fund. This ingenious fundraising mechanism was concocted by Bono and […]

Barack Obama’s speech at Rick Warren’s conference

In case you didn’t see it, here is a link to Barack Obama’s speech at the recent 2006 Global Summit on AIDS and the Church organized by pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and founder of the Saddleback Church. Apparently, Obama’s appearance was controversial given his stand on abortion. Obama’s speech is […]

Who will fund health systems?

Laurie Garrett in the cover story of the forthcoming Foreign Affairs talks about the issue of broader financing for health care systems. Africa’s needs are much larger than AIDS, and, as we blogged about, excessive focus on one disease may lead to under-financing of the rest of the health sector as the best talent all […]

Will the Dem’s underfund the AIDS initiative?

Rather than pursue new appropriations, word has it that the Dem’s may keep AIDS funding at last year’s level through a continuing resolution that freezes international spending. The significance: President’s Bush planned for increase in AIDS/malaria spending of $1 billion may remain unfunded. Given that the Democrats have consistently added more money for the Global […]

PEPFAR Critics Get the Knives Out

There is a report from the Center for Public Integrity that suggests that less than 5% of PEPFAR money for ARV therapy–less than $15 million–in 2004 and 2005 was spent on generic drugs, despite the fact the Bush Administration has put into place an expedited FDA approval process for generics. As part of this series, […]

What will be President Bush’s legacy?

How will history judge President Bush? Right now, with Iraq enveloped in sectarian violence, he is most likely to be remembered for presiding over this foreign policy disaster. However, on the positive side, the President’s legacy on HIV/AIDS and Africa may be judged far more kindly. Indeed, I’m getting the sense that the Administration recognizes […]