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Washington Post Examines HIV, TB Epidemics In Russia

The Washington Post examines how the HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics are affecting Russia, where “HIV/AIDS was the third-largest cause of premature death,” according to recently released data in the Global Burden of Disease Study 2012 (GBD). “When the study grouped countries by income, Russia was compared to 14 others, including the…

First Case Of New Coronavirus Identified In France

“France has identified its first case of a new strain of coronavirus emerging from the Middle East in a person recently returned from the United Arab Emirates, the health ministry said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports (Bremer, 5/8). “France’s health minister, Marisol Touraine, said ‘this is an isolated case’ in France…

International Harm Reduction Conference Begins In Lithuania

The four-day International Harm Reduction Conference opened in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sunday, drawing “hundreds of scientists, politicians, researchers, health workers, doctors and activists from about 70 countries” to “focus on an HIV hotspot: central and eastern Europe and central Asia, where there are more than 3.7 million injecting drug users,…

Nutrition For Growth Summit Yields New Commitments To Tackle Malnutrition

“The Nutrition for Growth event held in London [on Saturday] delivered a new opportunity to further reduce the crippling impact of stunting and other forms of undernutrition for millions of children,” a UNICEF press release reports (6/8). “At the event, governments and development agencies made commitments [.pdf] of up to…

E.U., Gates Foundation Pledge To Work To Fight Poverty-Related Diseases

“The European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged to work together to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other poverty-related diseases that together affect more than one billion people worldwide,” RTT News reports (6/10). “They hope to speed up the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics,” EurActiv.com writes…

U.N. Envoy Says Eastern Europe’s Criminal Prosecution Of IDUs Hinders HIV Fight

“The U.N. envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe on Tuesday denounced the region, and Russia in particular, for its increasingly harsh criminal prosecution of drug [users], at a conference to curb the spread of HIV,” Agence France-Presse/France 24 reports. Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe…

Some Eastern European, Central Asian Countries Working To Improve Harm Reduction Programs

“As former presidents, senior diplomats and experts meet in the Lithuanian capital to discuss a litany of rights abuses, lethal epidemics and social destruction caused by repressive drug policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, pockets of hope for drug reform are emerging across the region,” Inter Press Service reports.…

Germany Commits To Providing 1B Euros To Global Fund Through 2016

“Germany will give one billion euros [$1.3 billion] to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the country’s minister for economic cooperation and development Dirk Niebel said Thursday” during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, CNN reports (Chapple, 1/24). Niebel made the announcement at a news conference “also attended by…

E.U. Budget Effectively Freezes Aid Budget At Current Levels

“A promised European Union investment budget to modernize the recession-hit economy is set to be scaled back in a bonfire of competing national demands,” Bloomberg reports (Neuger, 2/7). “After tense negotiations in Brussels, European leaders reached a historic budget-cutting deal on Friday — but appeared to have spared foreign aid,” Devex’s “The…

Gates Foundation Blog Discusses E.U. Budget Deal

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Joe Cerrell, director of the foundation’s Europe office, reports on deliberations by the E.U. on Friday on a “budget deal that would show deep cuts to life-saving aid for the world’s poorest.” He writes, “European governments are facing some very difficult…

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