WWR: GAO’s PEPFAR, Option B+, and the African First Ladies Summit

By Chelsea Bailey | July 12, 2013

Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the African First Ladies Summit.

Look to the Stars

This week, we’re reading the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s evaluation of PEPFAR, a cost-benefit analysis of implementing Option B+ in Malawi, highlights from the African First Ladies Summit and a spotlight on Foundation Ambassador Tatu Msangi’s tireless HIV/AIDS advocacy work.

The GAO – “PEFPAR: Millions Being Treated, but Better Information Management Needed” – This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a highly anticipated evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The report championed the program’s success in the fight to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but provided a blunt analysis of PEPFAR’s shortfalls, particularly in program monitoring and evaluations. Ultimately, the report provides a constructive evaluation of PEFPAR and recommendations for how to improve a program that has already saved millions of lives.

EGPAF – “African First Ladies Summit Empowering Women through Health” –Last week, the George W. Bush Institute hosted a historic African First Ladies Summit  in Tanzania. The two-day conference focused on encouraging economic development throughout Africa by improving women’s education, health, and economic opportunities. The conference brought together heads of state, current and former first ladies, and leaders of global nonprofit organizations.

PLOS ONE Journal – “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Option B+ in Malawi” – The release of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s new care and treatment guidelines at the International AIDS Society conference last week garnered much praise, but also launched frank discussions about the cost-effectiveness of implementing the new protocol.  Medical and scientific journal PLOS ONE published a new study analyzing the cost-effectiveness of implementing the guidelines in Malawi. The report assesses cost-effectiveness from the Ministry of Health’s perspective while taking into account the practical realities of implementing anti-retroviral therapy (ART) services in Malawi.

EGPAF – “Guest Post: PEPFAR – A Decade of Saving Lives”  – In this guest post, Foundation Ambassador Florence Ngobeni-Allen  writes about the impact of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEFPAR) in her native South Africa and on her family. “(Having a baby) was possible because we had information about how to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child – we knew that things could be all right,” Florence writes. “PEPFAR brought hope, and it saved children’s lives.”

The Huffington Post – “An HIV/AIDS-Free Generation in Africa?” – In this blog, John P. Howe, President and CEO of Project HOPE, writes about what he thinks are the roadblocks to achieving an AIDS-free generation, citing the deadly links between HIV and tuberculosis (TB) as the biggest threat. Howe writes that early treatment and diagnosis of both HIV and TB is imperative to ensuring that an AIDS-free generation is possible. To learn more about Project Hope, click here.

Africa News Analysis – “Tatu Msangi’s Story of Hope, Proof of EGPAF’s work towards an AIDS-Free Generation” – In this interview, Africa News Analysis highlights EGPAF Foundation Ambassador Tatu Msangi’s tireless HIV/AIDS advocacy work and her recent trip to the United States to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of PEPFAR. Tatu discusses how far Tanzania has come in the fight against HIV/AIDS, why men are imperative to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), and why she’s confident an AIDS-Free generation is possible.

Chelsea Bailey is Communications Assistant for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.