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Viewpoints

Overview

HP+ staff and partners across the globe are widely recognized as leading subject matter experts. Sharing the voices of such established thought leaders provides valuable professional and personal perspectives on people-centered policies, supplementing formal findings and research results. Viewpoints provides a platform for these experts to share their thoughts and perspectives on a variety of global health issues.

Beyond the Gender Binary: Gender and Sexual Diversity Training on HIV
Beyond the Gender Binary: Gender and Sexual Diversity Training on HIV

December 14, 2016
Gender and sexual minorities are treated unfairly in almost every society. Violence, stigma, and discrimination directly affect their health and interfere with access to health services, including HIV-related prevention, care, and treatment. In 2014, the Health Policy Project (HPP), in coordination with a U.S. government interagency team, developed a training aimed at sensitizing PEPFAR staff and their implementing partners in 38 countries.

Is Health Insurance Global Health's Magic Bullet?
Is Health Insurance Global Health's Magic Bullet?

December 11, 2016
UHC and health insurance coverage are often assumed to mean the same thing. However, it is not necessarily true that the road to UHC must be paved with expanded health insurance! Here, we discuss common misconceptions about how insurance schemes advance the principles of universal health coverage.

How Kenya Can Achieve the SDGs and Universal Health Coverage
How Kenya Can Achieve the SDGs and Universal Health Coverage

December 7, 2016
In 2013 Kenya devolved much of the function and authority of its central government out to 47 newly created counties. This devolution of power, if effectively leveraged, creates an opening for the country to accelerate progress toward achieving both the Sustainable Development Goals and universal health coverage.

#HIVprevention: Part of a Comprehensive HIV Continuum
#HIVprevention: Part of a Comprehensive HIV Continuum

December 1, 2016
This World AIDS Day, see what the HIV continuum means to us, why we’re putting our hands up for #HIVprevention, and tell us what the HIV continuum means to you.

HSR 2016: From Health Systems to Systems for Health
HSR 2016: From Health Systems to Systems for Health

November 23, 2016
What would you do to access health care? Would you take a bus for three hours to a clinic? Arrange child care with friends and family? If you missed that bus, would you take a ride from the police? The Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research opened with a story of what one woman from a rural indigenous community endured to get a simple biopsy in British Columbia, Canada. Out of this story emerged a common theme: Researchers must consider systems for health, not just health systems.

Communities Demanding Quality Maternity Care
Communities Demanding Quality Maternity Care

November 22, 2016
The White Ribbon Alliance, with support from the USAID-funded HP+ Project, is working to ensure respectful maternity care in Malawi. Citizens’ Hearings held in Malawi brought to light that many midwives often treat expectant mothers disrespectfully during childbirth at the health centres and hospitals.Malawi’s Citizens’ Hearings started in June 2016 and have so far taken place in 10 districts in the country attracting more than 6,000 citizens.

Engaging Politics For Universal Health Coverage: Analyze, Advocate, Align, Account
Engaging Politics For Universal Health Coverage: Analyze, Advocate, Align, Account

November 11, 2016
The global health community has rallied around universal health coverage (UHC) to ensure equitable access to high-quality services while mitigating financial hardship. This blog provides considerations for engaging politics from policy to action to help achieve UHC worldwide.

Moving from Development to Execution: Applying Lessons from the Corporate World to Execute CIPs
Moving from Development to Execution: Applying Lessons from the Corporate World to Execute CIPs

November 7, 2016
This blog discusses ideas of how can we help countries develop and implement strong family planning programs across the globe.

Malawi Struggles in Providing Quality and Accessible Maternal Care
Malawi Struggles in Providing Quality and Accessible Maternal Care

September 14, 2016
The Government of Malawi committed to achieving the SDGs by 2030 at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, but is struggling in its efforts to achieve quality and accessible health services in accordance with the SDGs. This blog describes the reasons why that's the case.

Economics, financing & HIV: Reflections from the 2016 IAEN Preconference
Economics, financing & HIV: Reflections from the 2016 IAEN Preconference

August 18, 2016
Blog reflecting on the 2016 IAEN pre-conference, and how the field of health financing has changed since IAEN last met in Durban 16 years ago.

The Custodians of Today and Tomorrow: Youth Deserve a Say in Their Treatment Journey
The Custodians of Today and Tomorrow: Youth Deserve a Say in Their Treatment Journey

July 21, 2016
Sara Bowsky, HP+ Deputy Director for HIV, concludes her blog post with, "It’s time for us as researchers, clinical care providers, and policymakers to listen up and take note. These youth are not just the future; they are our experts today."

The biggest question at AIDS 2016 - how do we find the money & momentum to sustain the HIV response?
The biggest question at AIDS 2016 - how do we find the money & momentum to sustain the HIV response?

July 21, 2016
Health Financing experts Catherine Barker and Thomas Fagan discuss the financial challenges we face in eradicating HIV and the innovative approaches to financing that have the potential to revolutionize our response.

Reducing Stigma Against Gender and Sexual Minorities - A One-Day Training Makes a Difference
Reducing Stigma Against Gender and Sexual Minorities - A One-Day Training Makes a Difference

July 21, 2016
To reach the ambitious targets of the global HIV response, including universal treatment and viral suppression, we must first reach all populations with lifesaving HIV services. This blog discusses the HPP-developed gender and sexual diversity training and how it's affected communities and programming across the globe.

Civil Society Briefing Brings Opportunity to (Re) Engage Civil Society Leaders in HIV Response
Civil Society Briefing Brings Opportunity to (Re) Engage Civil Society Leaders in HIV Response

April 11, 2016
Civil Society Briefing Brings Opportunity to (Re) Engage Civil Society Leaders in HIV Response.

Political Leadership, HIV, and Health: Keeping Leaders Accountable
Political Leadership, HIV, and Health: Keeping Leaders Accountable

April 3, 2016
In the lead-up to the UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, to be held in New York in June, this blog shines a light on the importance of political leadership to meet ambitious goals to help end the AIDS epidemic—and the need for civil society to set demands and hold government accountable for their stances and promises.

Combatting Fear and Stigma while Living with HIV in Jamaica
Combatting Fear and Stigma while Living with HIV in Jamaica

March 9, 2016
Advocate promotes prevention, works to change perceptions with her personal tale of triumph over a frightening virus and the stigma that it can bring.

Zero Discrimination Day 2016
Zero Discrimination Day 2016

March 1, 2016
Studies from different parts of the world reveal that there are three immediately-actionable causes of HIV-related stigma in health facilities: lack of awareness among health workers of what stigma looks like and why it is damaging; fear of casual contact stemming from incomplete knowledge about HIV transmission; and the association of HIV with improper or immoral behavior.

Family Planning in the Sustainable Development Goals: Seeking the Goldilocks Approach
Family Planning in the Sustainable Development Goals: Seeking the Goldilocks Approach

January 27, 2016
In just a few years, we have shifted from an era when family planning was often marginalized due to political sensitivities or paid mere lip service, toward an invigorating, inspiring atmosphere of commitment that is fully evident here at ICFP.

ICFP 2016: Bali...Finally!
ICFP 2016: Bali...Finally!

January 26, 2016
Jay Gribble, Deputy Director, FP/RH and Senior Fellow reflects on attending the 2016 ICFP conference

The Power of One: Anita Datar’s Contributions to the Global AIDS Response
The Power of One: Anita Datar’s Contributions to the Global AIDS Response

December 11, 2015
The global health community lost one of its stars on November 20, when Anita Datar of Palladium was among those killed in Bamako, Mali, where she was working to launch a new project that would improve that nation’s health policy and financing landscape.