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IRIN Examines Health Advancements In Bangladesh, Need For HIV Services Among Migrants

IRIN examines how Bangladesh has significantly improved some health indicators. The Lancet “recently published a series exploring Bangladesh’s surprising success, calling it ‘one of the great mysteries of global health,'” the news service writes. According to the series, non-governmental organization participation, improved access to health services, and the “growing participation…

U.S. Should Intensify Efforts To Expand HIV Treatment, Develop Vaccine, Find Cure

“[I]n a remarkable show of wise bipartisan support, on [November 19] the U.S. Congress reauthorized [PEPFAR] and the U.S. investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by passing legislation to extend the program’s authorization,” Myron Cohen, associate vice chancellor for global health at the University of…

UNAIDS Launches ‘Zero Discrimination’ Campaign, Conference

Nobel Peace Prize Winner and UNAIDS Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on World AIDS Day launched “a new ‘zero discrimination’ campaign,” Agence France-Presse reports. Suu Kyi and Sidibé “unveiled a new campaign Sunday targeting prejudice against HIV/AIDS sufferers, with…

South Africa Facing ARV Shortages, NGOs Warn In New Report

“One in five South African clinics are running short of life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs, affecting nearly half a million people and undermining the success of the world’s largest treatment program, medical charities said on Thursday,” Reuters reports (Motsoeneng, 11/28). The Stop Stock Outs project, a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including…

Data-Collection Systems Will Show Progress On Access To Family Planning

“For women to fulfill their amazing potential, they tell me over and over again, they need the power to decide when to have children, so they can keep their families healthy, well-nourished and educated,” Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in a New York Times…

MSF Criticizes Global Fund’s Support For Tiered Pricing

“Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria of the consequences of spearheading a new pricing initiative that could result in middle-income countries paying significantly higher prices for medicines to combat diseases, including HIV and tuberculosis,” an MSF news article states. “The Global…

UNAIDS’ ‘Zero Discrimination’ Campaign Discourages Criminalization Of HIV Transmission

UNAIDS’ “Zero Discrimination” campaign, launched this week, “among other goals, seeks to discourage countries from criminalizing the transmission of HIV,” Slate reports. “Over 63 countries have laws on the books, mandating criminal penalties for HIV-positive people who engage in sex without disclosing their status, according to the organization,” the news…