What Happened to PEPFAR’s $100M Key Population Investment Fund?
Deboah Birx, head of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, says government bureaucracy prevented the announced direct funding of NGOs and in-country groups targeting key populations living with HIV, from taking place. The $100M Key Population Investment Fund will now be delivered through US government agencies instead.
UN Risks Falling Behind on Global Drug Policy
Governments are increasingly turning away from the supply-reduction approach that has long dominated but yielded little success in global drug control efforts. Paralyzed by conflicting demands of its member states, UN has been slower to react, hindered in part by its tradition of consensus decision-making and the powerful security cooperation dimension to the global war on drugs. The organization is at a pivotal crossroads, but next year’s sessional meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, may be an opportunity to make a decision and take a firm stand, either way.