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Officials To Meet In Thailand To Discuss Food Demands, Nutrition Gaps In Asia Pacific

“Representatives of the U.N., governments, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] and private sector farming are expected to gather in Bangkok, Thailand, on [November 26] for a two-day forum on how to fill the Asia-Pacific’s growing food demands and nutrition gaps in a region more devastated by natural disasters than any other worldwide,”…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Highlights Event On PEPFAR’s Orphans, Vulnerable Children Program

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on an event held last week in Washington, D.C., which examined PEPFAR’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program. At the event, Sibongile Gladys Gule, Penelope Masiya, and Nomthandazo Ntuli spoke with session moderator Richard Lui about “how PEPFAR programs to reach…

Some HIV Patients In Africa Developing Drug Resistance, Study Shows

“New research suggests that some AIDS patients [in Africa] are developing drug intolerance and severe side effects and will now have to switch to new, more expensive antiretroviral regimens,” Inter Press Service reports. “Researchers in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi say some patients on the first-line antiretroviral drugs nevirapine and…

G8 Sets 2025 Goal For Dementia Cure; U.K. To Double Funding For Dementia Research

“The developed world has committed itself to a scientific and social onslaught on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia at the G8 Dementia Summit in London,” the Financial Times reports (Cookson, 12/11). “Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on…

Dybul Says Partnership Replacing Paternalism In Global Health

“Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund, said the paternalism overshadowing relations between rich countries and poor in global health is giving way to an era of partnership that owes much to the vision of Nelson Mandela,” the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria states in a…

Leadership Like Mandela’s Can Help Transform HIV/AIDS Epidemic Globally

“We are indebted to [Nelson] Mandela for his leadership role in making HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa an issue that the world could no longer ignore. Mr. Mandela’s speech at the International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000 changed the course of the epidemic in both his country and the continent,”…

Global Community Must Agree On Common Goal, Targets To Eliminate Poverty, Hunger

As leaders prepare to gather in New York next week at a meeting of the Open Working Group, Pamela Anderson, director of the agricultural development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Josh Lozman, deputy director of program advocacy at the foundation, write in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog…

Scientific Evidence Should Translate To International Resolutions, Policies

Huffington Post: We Have Consensus Houston Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “One of the unreported key events in the mainstream media at the recently concluded 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna was the coming together…

Development Community Must Work Together To Improve Sanitation, Water

Huffington Post: Sanitation and Water for All — Because We Must Sanjay Wijesekera, chief of water, sanitation and hygiene and associate director of programs at UNICEF “In just under two weeks around 50 countries from the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership will meet at the World Bank in…