After serving as “a lifeline to poor countries, supplying HIV drugs that have saved millions of lives â€¦ [n]ow India is aiming to become a drugs factory for rich countries such as Japan,” which is looking to use more generic drugs in an effort to slow rising health care costs, Nature News reports.
Access to Health Services
“Access to treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) remains compromised, especially in developing countries, because too few pharmaceutical companies manufacture quality-assured drugs,” Inter Press Service reports in an article examining how a lack of competition and a working mechanism to keep prices low “has led to skyrocketing prices.”
BMJ reports on the health affects of civil unrest in South Sudan, which will become the world’s newest country on July 9.
Agence France-Presse examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India. Though the country has reduced by half the number of new infections since 2001, “UNAIDS coordinator in India, Charles Gilks, said that while the authorities should be commended for tackling the problem, the country had not yet won the battle,” the news…
Some caregivers in rural Malawi have expressed a reluctance to begin antiretroviral therapy for children living with HIV because of a belief that their “bodies were too weak for pills and their blood was ‘still raw,’ but that as it ‘ripened’ with time, HIV-related opportunistic infections would leave them,” according to a study presented this week at the 1st International HIV Social Science and Humanities Conference in Durban, South Africa, PlusNews reports.
IRIN Examines Factors Influencing Health Worker Migration And How Countries Working Toward Solutions
In this article, “IRIN took a look at some of the push and pull factors behind health worker migration, and what countries are doing to address them.”
World leaders on Friday at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS adopted by consensus a declaration stating that HIV is “an unprecedented human catastrophe” and set new targets in the fight against the disease, the Associated Press/Forbes reports.
A team led by UNAIDS and PEPFAR on Thursday at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS announced a plan to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 by “ensur[ing] that all women, especially pregnant ones, have access to quality life-saving HIV prevention and treatment services â€“ for themselves and their children,” BBC News reports (6/10).
The South African government’s program to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV has reduced the rate of virus transmission to about 3.5 percent, “potentially sparing some 67,000 babies from HIV infection,” according to research presented on Wednesday by the Medical Research Council at the 5th South African AIDS Conference in Durban, Health-e/allAfrica.com reports (Thom, 6/9).
In a post on State’s “DipNote” blog, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby looks back at his time working in HIV/AIDS and expresses hope about the future, writing, “Thanks to the support of the Obama Administration â€“ which has continued to put forth robust funding for HIV/AIDS â€“ and…