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Brazil Stepping Up Efforts To Fight HIV/AIDS

“Long heralded as a model for the global response to HIV/AIDS, Brazil is intensifying its actions, at home and abroad, in the face of potential setbacks including an arising need for new treatment regimens, the resultant increase in drug prices and the debate over intellectual property rights,” Inter Press Service…

Conference Examines Family Planning Benefits For Health

Family planning “is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent illness and save lives in the world’s poor countries,” according to health experts gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at a conference sponsored by the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, GlobalPost’s “Africa Emerges” blog reports.

Ashoka And Boehringer Ingelheim Initiative To Promote Health

The social entrepreneurial organization Ashoka and pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim on Tuesday announced they are launching a three-year global initiative aimed at “promot[ing] healthy individuals, families and communities by identifying and supporting the most promising solutions to challenging health problems,” according to an Ashoka press release. The “Making More Health”…

India Looking To Supply Generic Drugs To Japan

After serving as “a lifeline to poor countries, supplying HIV drugs that have saved millions of lives … [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.

IPS Examines Access To Treatment For Drug-Resistant TB

“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.”

AFP Says Battle Against AIDS Not Over In India

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…

Local Misconceptions Of Children’s Immune Systems Hindering HIV Treatment In Malawi, Study Says

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.