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Research Presented At IAS 2013 Gives Scientists Hope For ‘Functional Cure’

“Two HIV-positive patients in the United States who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer have stopped antiretroviral therapy and still show no detectable sign of the HIV virus, researchers said Wednesday” at the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention (IAS 2013) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the…

Emergency Committee Of International Health Experts Begins Talks On MERS Virus

“International health experts began urgent talks on the Middle East coronavirus (MERS) on Tuesday amid concerns about larger numbers of milder infections possibly going undetected, the [WHO] said,” Reuters reports. “The United Nations agency announced last Friday that it was forming an emergency committee, to convene this week, to prepare…

Senior Officials From 17 Countries Gather At Sabin Vaccine Institute Meeting To Discuss National Programs

“The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program [on Monday] assembled senior officials from 17 countries to share their successes in increasing government budget allocations for national immunization programs,” a press release from the institute reports. “During the two-day colloquium, delegates [participated] in an open exchange of strategies and…

Montevideo Conference To Examine Gender-Related Issues In LAC

“When the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) hosts a regional review conference in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo [this] week, it will take stock of the successes and failures of a wide range of gender-related issues, including reproductive health, sexual violence, women’s rights, maternal mortality, and the spread of HIV/AIDS –…

High-Level Meeting Participants In Africa Call For New Commitments On HIV, Reproductive Health Efforts

“At a recent meeting in Botswana, a high-level group of education and sexual reproductive health experts from Eastern and Southern Africa highlighted the need for good quality, gender-sensitive sexuality education that prepares adolescents for puberty and relationships and prevents unintended pregnancy and HIV,” according to a UNAIDS update. “The participants also called…

Examining Global Need For Trained Midwives To Meet Infant Mortality MDG

Highlighting discussions from the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, Rene Kiamba, manager of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies corporate contributions community support programs and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” “In order to meet the…

Global Maternal Mortality Conference Focuses On Quality Of Care

Jocalyn Clark, senior editor of PLoS Medicine, reports on the three-day global conference on maternal health taking place this week in Arusha, Tanzania, in a post on the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog. She summarizes two speakers’ presentations and writes, “Many of today’s plenary speakers emphasized that with the Millennium…

Reuters Reports On Obesity Talks At World Economic Forum

Reuters reports on discussions taking place at the World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place in Davos, Switzerland, this week, writing, “Obesity, a major factor in diabetes and heart disease, imposes costs on both public and private sectors and is a drag on economic growth, but business leaders meeting in Davos can’t…

‘Big Push’ Campaign Revived At World Economic Summit

“Last September the Huffington Post, together with the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria], launched ‘The Big Push’ campaign, seeking to build on the great progress that has been made in recent years fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria,” Arianna Huffington notes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “[I]n…

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