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Laws Criminalizing HIV Transmission Threaten AIDS Efforts, Progress

Reuters: ‘Bad’ laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told “…[O]ne of the major concerns of the gathering of 12,000 AIDS activists, scientists, and people living with HIV is how the criminalization of groups at high risk of HIV — such as gay men, sex workers,…

Polio Nearly Eradicated; Last Cases Originate In Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria

Forbes: World Looks Anxiously To Pakistan, Afghanistan, And Nigeria To Eradicate Polio “…The Global Polio Eradication Initiative hopes to see the final case of polio either late this year or early next year. All polio cases, regardless of where they are found, now originate from three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and…

Cambodia’s HIV/AIDS Efforts Face Challenges, Future Financial Gaps

VOA News: Cambodia Faces Key Challenges in Effort to Tackle HIV/AIDS “Cambodia’s efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS over the past 15 years have won it praise, and put it well ahead of many other low-income countries. But some of those most involved in the fight against AIDS are worried that an…

Clinton Foundation To Maximize HIV/AIDS Support To Vietnam

Xinhua/Shanghai Daily: Former U.S. president vows to support Vietnam in combating HIV/AIDS “The Clinton Foundation will maximize its support for Vietnam in preventing and fighting against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases, former U.S. president Bill Clinton said here Friday. At a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung…

International Community Must Step Up Efforts To Contain, Reverse Polio In Pakistan

New York Times: Pakistan’s Struggle Against Polio “The campaign in Pakistan to contain an uncontrolled outbreak of polio hit an alarming point this week when the nation’s tally of new cases exceeded last year’s total of 93, with months to go in the emergency effort to vaccinate children over fierce…

Global Eradication Of Polio Within Reach; Political Will Crucial To Efforts

Nature: Within reach: A redoubling of efforts should swiftly eradicate polio from its last strongholds “The global effort to eradicate poliomyelitis has been spectacularly successful, eliminating 99 percent of cases in its 26-year history. But that progress has begun to unravel in the past 18 months, with outbreaks in East…

Improved Access To TB Tests Could Help Curb TB In India, Study Suggests

Press Trust of India/Economic Times: Quick evaluation key to fighting TB in India: Study “Getting patients in India quickly evaluated by the right doctors can be just as effective at curbing tuberculosis (TB) as a new, highly accurate screening test, a new study suggests. … The researchers say that for…

BRICS Nations Form New Development Bank

News outlets report on the establishment of a new development bank by the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). Agence France-Presse: BRICS, South American leaders seek alternative to U.S. influence “Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers will hold a summit Wednesday with South American presidents,…

World Bank Reinforces Commitment To Philippine Development With Increased Funding

Devex: Jim Kim: Healthy, educated people center to development “The World Bank reinforced on Tuesday its commitment to Philippine development with a new country partnership strategy focused on hard and soft infrastructure amounting to more than $4 billion in the next four years. And this time, the goal is to…