WWR: A new IOM Report, President Obama’s upcoming visit to Tanzania, and the Global Plan

By Johanna Harvey | June 14, 2013

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during their 2009 visit to Ghana

Associated Press

This week, we’re learning about President Obama’s upcoming trip to Tanzania, exploring new ways to use mobile phones for HIV data collection, praising the Global Plan’s progress, and reading a new report from the Institute of Medicine on PEPFAR’s global impact.

Forbes—“How Will We End Preventable Child Deaths By 2035?” Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) talks with Forbes about child survival and his goals for improving child health worldwide by 2035. 

EGPAF—“President Obama to Visit Tanzania” After taking trips to Senegal and South Africa from June 26 to July 3, President Barack Obama and his family will visit Tanzania during Obama’s second trip to sub-Saharan Africa as President. President Obama’s visit to Tanzania signals a new era in the relationship between Tanzania and the United States, but the battle against HIV/AIDS and the fight to eliminate pediatric HIV must be front and center in future discussions.

Fierce Mobile Healthcare—“Mobile phones effective in collecting data from HIV-positive pregnant women” Mobile phones were found both to be acceptable and feasible in the collection of maternal and child health data from women living with HIV in South Africa, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

EGPAF—“Shortage of HIV Medication Poses Problems for Tanzania” Beginning in July, Tanzania will face a stock out of Tenofovir, a key HIV medication, meaning that HIV-positive Tanzanians taking Tenofovir will not have access to their HIV medication until more supplies arrive. As demand for Tenofovir-based medication regimens increases, manufacturers are having trouble keeping up—leading to shortages and stock outs in countries around the world.

Huffington Post—“Share (RED), Save Lives: Help End Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV NowAnu Gupta, Director of Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson, discusses the progress in efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) since the United Nations launched the new  Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015, and toward keeping their mothers alive was launched in 2011. The Global Plan set the ambitious targets of reducing the number of new HIV infections in children by 90 percent and cutting the number of AIDS-related maternal deaths by half. This infographic showcases the great progress that has been since its launch.

EGPAFInstitute of Medicine Report: PEPFAR has been "Globally Transformative"’ Earlier this year, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) evaluated the impact and performance of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The renowned 20-person evaluation committee spent nearly two years (2010-2012) evaluating the program via country visits, direct interviews with key stakeholders at the country and global levels, document reviews, and data analysis. The committee found that the program has been “globally transformative.”

Johanna Harvey is Senior Communications Officer for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.