Funding to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific has fallen short of the demand, and the majority of available money has missed reaching those at highest risk — Swarup Sarkar, director of Asia unit for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — said during a session at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports.
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Beginning on Thursday, “Mumbai, Indiaâ€™s commercial capital, will shut schools and movie theaters as swine flu-related deaths jumped, ignoring federal government advice to keep educational institutions open,” Bloomberg reports.
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Inter Press Service examines several civil society organizations’ argument that legislative measures aimed at fighting HIV/AIDS, “hurt more” than they “help.”
Inter Press Service examines how funding cuts for international HIV/AIDS programs are already being felt worldwide and how this issue was discussed at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, that concluded Wednesday.
Nigeria on Monday signed on to receive a $100 million loan from the World Bank for malaria control activities, Leadership Nigeria reports.
IAS Conference Begins, Report Says Economic Crisis Forcing Africans Living With HIV/AIDS Off Life-Saving Medications
At a news conference opening the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa, Julio Montaner, president of the International AIDS Society, expressed disappointment that the “G8 ignored the HIV-AIDS issue at its annual summit this month,” which was “just four years after pledging at the 2005 Gleneagles [G8] summit to fight for universal access to AIDS treatment by 2010,” the Globe and Mail reports.
IRIN examines a Health Affairs report that found “one in four families living in the world’s poorest countries borrows money or sells assets in order to afford health care.”
“Brazil has been successful in its nearly 20-year effort to treat people living with” HIV/AIDS, and generic medicines have been “a large part of the solution,” according to a recent Health Affairs review, UPI reports.
GlaxoSmithKline Pledges $97M Investment In AIDS Drugs For Africa, Allows South African Drugmaker To Produce Generic Second-Line Treatment
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Tuesday announced plans to invest $97 million over 10 years “to improve research, development and access to AIDS drugs in Africa,” Reuters reports.