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IPS Examines Negotiations Over Intellectual Property Laws Affecting Generic AIDS Drugs

Inter Press Service examines how “[m]oves by developed nations such as the United States to tighten intellectual property laws are threatening to limit production and distribution of generic drugs, which experts say have been and will remain key in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and currently account for 80…

Focus On Getting More People On Antiretroviral Therapy As AIDS Turns 30

Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the first published report of the disease that came to be known as AIDS, the Los Angeles Times reports. Though the “promise” of a vaccine “has not materialized,” “[s]ome progress has been made on other fronts,” the newspaper writes (Healy/Maugh, 6/5).

Malawi’s Health Care System Feeling Effects Of DFID Aid Withdrawal

Malawi’s health care system is “facing major setbacks” after the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) made its final aid disbursement to the country in March and decided not to renew a six-year spending commitment that ends this month, IRIN reports.

New Strategic Investment Framework For AIDS

Bernhard Schwartlander and colleagues, on behalf of the Investment Framework Study Group, “propose a strategic investment framework that is intended to support better management of national and international HIV/AIDS responses than exists with the present system” in this Lancet article. According to the authors, the new framework “would avert 12.2…

UNAIDS Director Says Pope’s Comments On Condoms Open Dialogue For HIV Prevention

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe on Saturday “told a Vatican conference [Pope Benedict XVI] had opened the door to greater dialogue with his groundbreaking comments on condoms and HIV prevention – even as Vatican officials stressed abstinence and marital fidelity as the best prevention,” the Associated Press reports.

U.N., U.S. Re-Evaluate HIV/AIDS Treatment Targets

Ahead of the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, scheduled for June 8-10 in New York, “public-health leaders face a paradox: New evidence suggests the epidemic can finally be controlled, but that would demand increased spending at a time of severe global budget restraints,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Preliminary estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS show last year donor funding for HIV/AIDS fell for the first time since the beginning of the epidemic, according to the newspaper.

IPS Examines Access To Medicine In Malawi

“Health experts say [an] inadequate number of nurses and pharmacists is among the leading factors denying people access to medicines in Malawi,” Inter Press Service writes in an article examining medication shortages in rural Malawi.

GSK Partners With NGOs To Support Health Care Workers In LDCs

Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal reports that GlaxoSmithKline announced Tuesday it has partnered with three non-governmental organizations to address the shortage of primary health care providers in least developed countries (LDCs).

PBS’ NewHour Examines Health Insurance For ‘Urban Poor’ In Pakistan

PBS’ NewsHour special correspondent Saima Mohsin on Monday reported from Pakistan on “an innovative health insurance plan for the urban poor.” In Pakistan, 99 percent of the country’s low-income population does not have health insurance, and this plan, called Naya Jeevan, “hopes to change that. … The equivalent of just $2.50 a month provides access to private health care and, crucially, regular health checks for contagious or infectious diseases as a preventive measure for a country that is still battling polio, malaria and hepatitis.”