Pangaea

Pangaea We build partnerships that improve the lives of people living with and most at-risk for HIV, to ensure equitable access to prevention, testing & treatment

Pangaea is an international non-profit public health technical cooperation agency. We convene relevant experts from affected communities, academia, clinical science, health services and the private sector to help countries design & implement the best quality, affordable strategies for HIV and related health issues. .

Mission: We build partnerships that improve the lives of people living with and most at-risk for HIV, to ensure equitable access to prevention, testing, treatment and care.

Operating as usual

01/31/2017

Pangaea 2001 – 2017

A hallmark of Pangaea has been our ability to respond nimbly and evolve in response to the changing nature of the global AIDS epidemic.

Such a time is upon us again.

With dramatic changes in the funding landscape for global health - and HIV particularly - as well as the growing consolidation of organizations with similar values and missions, the Board of Pangaea and I have taken a hard look at how best our mission can be delivered.

We have concluded it is time for Pangaea to wind down as an independent organization, and for our Oakland office to close.

Our Zimbabwe office will continue as an independent Zimbabwean Trust, and we are working with partners now to ensure the vitality and sustainability of its important work. We are also finalizing agreements with partners to take over our technical assistance in Laos and China.

These moves are fully aligned with our deeply held commitment to foster long term program sustainability and ownership by our country partners. Our policy and advocacy live on in the commitment of organizations and individuals around the world who are dedicated to building robust and effective AIDS responses with and for those communities most affected by the virus.

Pangaea came into existence because of the extraordinary commitment of the citizens of the Bay Area to support people around the world defeat this epidemic. In our early years, we helped establish the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda and assisted South Africa, Rwanda, China and Ukraine set up HIV treatment programs. We then expanded our work to make available more broadly high quality HIV treatment to people living in resource constrained settings, to expand PrEP to adolescent girls and young women in Zimbabwe, and to men of color who have sex with men in Oakland, and in our collaboration in China to strengthen HIV services for gay men and people who inject drugs, as well as translating the experience of Chinese HIV community leadership to breast cancer awareness.

I am deeply grateful for the leadership and contributions of all of our staff, consultants and Board, whose commitment to our mission has been unwavering.

But above all, everyone at Pangaea is deeply grateful to you for your support over the years, without which none of this could have been possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

With deepest thanks and warmest regards,

Ben Plumley

It's December the 1st: this year more than ever, the fight against AIDS demands a serious, fully- funded and long term c...
12/01/2016

It's December the 1st: this year more than ever, the fight against AIDS demands a serious, fully- funded and long term commitment to end the virus that causes AIDS: HIV.

Pangaea and local Oakland partners CalPEP and WORLD host an event to tell the untold stories of what the fight against HIV looks like over the 30 years away from the spotlight of big cities and big promises.

And with over 25 partners around the world, we reclaim December the 1st as World HIV Day, because "An AIDS Free Generation" is not enough.

What are your stories in the fight against HIV?

www.worldhivday.org

December 1st 2016: Join us in Oakland California, as we reclaim this day as World HIV Day to
- call for a fully funded response to HIV that respects and invests in the populations most affected by the virus: girls and women, people of color, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and incarcerated populations.
- celebrate the long, personal commitment made by front line workers here and around the world

The World is changing profoundly - and our response to HIV must change too.

December 1st 2016:  Join us in Oakland California, as we reclaim this day as World HIV Day to - call for a fully funded ...
11/23/2016

December 1st 2016: Join us in Oakland California, as we reclaim this day as World HIV Day to
- call for a fully funded response to HIV that respects and invests in the populations most affected by the virus: girls and women, people of color, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and incarcerated populations.
- celebrate the long, personal commitment made by front line workers here and around the world

The World is changing profoundly - and our response to HIV must change too.

11/23/2016
aslm2016.org

Rapid, effective, accessible diagnostics are essential to quality HIV treatment: Specimen Hub Transport Systems have a big role to play! Join us on Dec.6 in #CapeTown during #ASLM2016 to find out #HIV,#AIDS http://aslm2016.org/seminar-30a/ .

11/15/2016

Pangaea Statement on the Results of the US Elections

On November 8th 2016, a new President and Congress were elected in the USA. As the new Administration defines its priorities in the global and domestic HIV response, we consider it crucial to reaffirm the fundamental principles of an effective response to HIV, for which overwhelming evidence has been generated over the last 35 years of this epidemic:

- delivering evidence-driven strategies; that provide access to treatment for all people living with HIV, HIV testing and comprehensive prevention strategies that include PrEP and condom availability, and harm reduction strategies for people who inject drugs that include needle exchange and opiate substitution therapy

- engaging and respecting the rights and dignity of all populations affected by HIV; particularly girls and young women, people of color, men who have sex with men, trans men and women, people who inject drugs, sex workers and incarcerated populations.

We strongly urge the Administration and Congress to continue, and indeed deepen, the the investment of the US in HIV, rooted in these principles. These principles will drive Pangaea's work with the US Government over the next four years. We will intensify our commitment to mobilize new partners from the corporate and philanthropic sectors - so that evidence and rights- based approaches to HIV are supported and implemented as broadly as possible. And we will come together with reproductive and sexual health, human rights, immigration and climate change advocates to forge alliances and maximize our collective impact.

We may be entering a new political era, but the challenges presented by HIV are as great today as they were in 2001 when the US came together to launch PEPFAR.

On behalf of a large and growing group of civil society groups, scientists, healthcare workers politicians and policy ma...
07/24/2016

On behalf of a large and growing group of civil society groups, scientists, healthcare workers politicians and policy makers, I had the honor to announce at the penultimate session at. AIDS2016 that we are collaborating to
pool existing evidence and rights based comprehensive strategies into a new, ambitious, and evidence and human rights based Global Plan to end HIV within our lifetimes.

Why are we doing this? We regret that neither June's High Level Political Declaration nor the UN's revised downwards investment estimates didn't come close to recognizing the enormity of the long term prevention, testing, stigma, treatment and research needs we urgently face. In fact the complacency they engender, threaten the progress we have made to date.

We are therefore today launching a new inclusive and multisectoral coalition to collate existing peer-reviewed and respected strategies, such as the Lancet UNAIDS Comission Report, Civil Society's own response to the tepid final High Level Political Declaration and other evidence and rights based strategies.

This informal coalition will commence work immediately

We will host a meeting at the end of September to which all are welcome, which will highlight the proven interventions and strategies that should form part of the comprehensive plan. We will also be inviting champions in their various fields to facilitate the development of existing and new interventions as well as identifying well respected and transparent forecasting models and their assumptions.

Finally we will launch the Global Plan on World AIDS Day - December 1st 2016 - in a unprecedented global social media blitz around the world reminding every citizen that AIDS is Not Over and that there are things they can do to protect themselves, and support their brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends living with HIV. That this is not something we can leave only to our governmental representatives.

The plan will be regularly updated and reviewed at events and conferences in our routine AIDS calendar.

This cannot be the lone responsibility of governments and their international agencies, Now is the time for all of us to work collectively to ensure that our response is driven by proven interventions, human rights, and accurate data. Not political compromise.

This is OUR epidemic. It is OUR responsibility to end it.

07/22/2016

Civil society, scientists, policy makers, and funders announced in Durban today at #AIDS2016 that they will pool existing evidence and rights based comprehensive strategies into a new, ambitious, and evidence and human rights based Global Plan to end #HIV within our lifetimes.

Why are we doing this? We regret that neither June's High Level Political Declaration nor the UN's revised downwards investment estimates didn't come close to recognizing the enormity of the long term prevention, testing, stigma, treatment and research needs we urgently face. In fact the complacency they engender, threaten the progress we have made to date.

We are therefore today launching a new inclusive and multisectoral coalition to collage existing peer-reviewed and respected strategies, such as the Lancet UNAIDS Commission Report, Civil Society's own response to the tepid final High Level Political Declaration, and other evidence and rights based strategies.

This informal coalition will commence work immediately.

We will host a meeting at the end of September to which all are welcome, which will highlight the proven interventions and strategies that should form part of the comprehensive plan. We will also be inviting champions in their various fields to facilitate the development of existing and new interventions and well respected and transparent forecasting models and their assumptions.

Finally we will launch the Global Plan on World AIDS Day - December 1st 2016 - in a unprecedented global social media blitz around the world reminding every citizen that #AIDS is Not Over and that there are things they can do to protect themselves, and support their brothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends living with HIV. That this is not something we can leave only to our governmental representatives.

The plan will be regularly updated and reviewed at events and conferences in our routine AIDS calendar.

This cannot be the lone responsibility of governments and their international agencies, Now is the time for all of us to work collectively to ensure that our response is driven by proven interventions, human rights, and accurate data. Not political compromise.

This is OUR epidemic. It is OUR responsibility to end it.

Global governance, leadership, and funding remain shockingly absent, but right across #AIDS2016 examples of effective lo...
07/20/2016

Global governance, leadership, and funding remain shockingly absent, but right across #AIDS2016 examples of effective local community-oriented testing, treatment, and prevention services have been shared by participants - including three by Pangaea on lessons learned from #HIV best practices; on accessing, using, and delivering #PrEP to adolescent girls and young women; and on #SRH needs of #PLHIV of all ages.

Pangaea hosted a session on how to achieve AIDS goals and move beyond the rhetoric during #AIDS2016. A coalition on glob...
07/17/2016

Pangaea hosted a session on how to achieve AIDS goals and move beyond the rhetoric during #AIDS2016. A coalition on global policy, prevention, testing, treatment and care is needed, rooted in the findings of the Lancet UNAIDS commission. We CAN end the HIV epidemic but it's going to sustained action and a lot more funding....

#AIDS2016. After the disappointing UN Meeting on AIDS in New York in June, now it is the turn of the AIDS movement to te...
07/13/2016

#AIDS2016. After the disappointing UN Meeting on AIDS in New York in June, now it is the turn of the AIDS movement to tell the world how serious a threat #AIDS remains - but with significant long-term funding and solidarity, we can bring this epidemic to an end.

Pangaea and our friends, colleagues, and allies will be working hard to get this message across in Durban during the AIDS 2016 conference. Here is a list of the many activities we are doing in Durban. Please join us if you can! And for those of you not in Durban, we’ll post regular updates on Facebook, Twitter and on our website.

Pangaea is proud to support the SHAZ! HUB youth clinic and drop in center in Chitungwiza (near Harare), which continues ...
07/13/2016

Pangaea is proud to support the SHAZ! HUB youth clinic and drop in center in Chitungwiza (near Harare), which continues to make a difference in the lives of adolescent women and men by providing a safe space, vocational skills, live skills education, and comprehensive sexual reproductive health and #HIV services to all who come. The HUB has been in existence for the past decade and has touched the lives of thousands of youth. Pangaea’s own Imelda Mudekunye-Mahaka encourages the youth to persevere in self-advocating for safe health choices while Megan Dunbar shares with them via her cell phone #PrEP messages they have so passionately articulated. She will take these messages to Durban during #AIDS2016 so that others can hear them as well.

06/08/2016

Reflections on the 2016 UN High Level Meeting on AIDS - by CEO, Ben Plumley

The last three days have been a flurry of brinkmanship, dedication - and ultimately frustration. The High Level Meeting is over, bar the set piece statements on the floor of the General Assembly, and some Side Events that are more difficult to get tickets to than the opening night of the Pet Shop Boys at Wembley Arena.

Despite a last minute drama led by Russia, the meeting's Political Declaration was approved by every country. It is a terrible, badly compromised document. There are some achievements - clear references to girls and women and the mention of Trans people for the very first time. But, read as a whole, it is a license to discriminate against the very key populations most at risk and affected by HIV: men who have sex with men, drug users and sex workers. This declaration could set the global response to AIDS back at least a decade, and makes global targets - some of which the document itself refers to - even more impossible to reach. The UN congratulates itself on its commitment to "leave no one behind" then does precisely the opposite, endorsing the freedom of governments to ignore any group they choose.

The big learning from 2016's High Level Meeting may be how irrelevant the UN has become in the fight against AIDS. Many major donors and countries still putting out the fires of raging local infections, made statement upon statement, after they signed the Declaration, on how weak it is, particularly in its treatment of key populations.

Going forward, I'm hopeful that this HLM won't deeply affect our global response to AIDS. All of us will still push for and implement the evidence and rights-based strategies needed to reverse this epidemic, and which the diplomats shied away from. This declaration will be soon be forgotten as one of the many failed proclamations in the fight against AIDS.

But three things strike me, which I would like to share with you.

1. The power of civil society: although we didn't achieve our goal of an inclusive, impactful political declaration, all the governments of the General Assembly heard our voices. A well organized effort to highlight mistakes and to propose solutions came from outside the UN gates, led by Marama Pala and Javier Hourcade Bellocq the co-chairs of the Civil Society Task Force and MaryAnn Torres and her colleagues at ICASO which facilitated our involvement. Governments could chose not to hear us, but they could not ignore us.

2. The upswing of dumbed-down "National Sovereignty." More so than in any previous UN meeting I've been a part of, this year's was all about hearing how important it is that individual national governments rights be respected rather than urgent collective action agreed to in order to fight common concerns. There might be a global infectious disease out there, but the rules and regulations of the UN require HIV to respect national sovereignty, just like everyone else...

3. And finally the Exceptionality of AIDS. Conversations in the corridor complaining that AIDS is getting unfair special treatment seemed louder this year. It's a medical condition and it shouldn't get preferential treatment, particularly in the halls of the UN. Yet while pills can treat and prevent infection, this virus is spread by the most private of human behaviors. It is not like other health challenges - and the refusal of the UN General Assembly to recognize populations most at risk, reinforces the incredible long-term threat HIV poses to global society.

So we leave New York, disappointed but not discouraged. Perhaps somewhat bizarrely, I feel more energized and committed to working towards a world without HIV, and I want to thank you all for all your support to Pangaea and other organizations around this world that take-on this terrible virus each and every day.

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