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Russia Will Not Spend Planned $1.2B On HIV/AIDS Response, According To News Agencies

ScienceInsider: Russia ditches plan to increase spending on HIV/AIDS “The Russian Health Ministry has decided that the country cannot afford to spend $1.2 billion that was supposed to go toward ramping up the response to its burgeoning HIV/AIDS epidemic. RBC, a respected Russian news agency, broke the story, which subsequently…

Dutch Government In Discussions To Establish International Fund For Birth Control, Abortion Access After U.S. Reinstates Mexico City Policy

Associated Press/TIME: The Netherlands Wants to Set Up Its Own International Fund for Abortion Access “The Dutch government says it wants an international fund to finance access to birth control, abortion, and education for women in developing countries. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen announced the plan…

Development Aid ‘One Of The Best Uses Of Public Money’

IRIN: Welcome to the global war on aid Paul Currion, IRIN columnist “…The U.K. now has a secretary of state for international development who doesn’t think her department should exist. Things aren’t much better across the Atlantic. It’s anybody’s guess what will happen in the U.S., the world’s single largest…

Global Development Community Should Recommit To Continuing Successful Work

Devex: A message from Raj Kumar: ‘Don’t duck’ Raj Kumar, founding president and editor in chief of Devex “…[G]lobal development is working. We know this and have the data to prove it. Investing in healthier people and societies, in a cleaner more stable planet, in more open and inclusive democracies…

PrEP, Combined With Other Prevention Methods, Could End AIDS, NIAID Director Says

Financial Times: The ‘final nail in the coffin’ for AIDS? “…The question for many — both activists and clinicians — is whether greater use of PrEP alongside more widespread diagnosis and early treatment could finally herald the end of HIV/AIDS. … But PrEP drugs cannot put an end to HIV/AIDS…

U.K.’s Demand For More Accountability, Transparency For International Development Aid Should Be Viewed With ‘Cautious Optimism’

Thomson Reuters Foundation: 2016: reasons to be (cautiously) optimistic Saira O’Mallie, U.K. interim director of ONE “…[W]hile it’s tempting to have a pessimistic view of 2016, it wasn’t without positives for the world’s poorest. … But more needs to be done in 2017. … June’s U.K./E.U. Referendum precipitated the change…

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