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HIV/AIDS Funding, Treatment Standards, Empowering Women Addressed At ICAAP

Funding to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific has fallen short of the demand, and the majority of available money has missed reaching those at highest risk — Swarup Sarkar, director of Asia unit for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — said during a session at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports.

Bloomberg Reports On HIV-Treatment Failure In China; New York Times Examines ARV Shortage In Romania

An analysis of 48,785 HIV-positive patients enrolled in China’s National Free Antiretroviral Treatment Program over a five-year period revealed “[h]alf of China’s AIDS patients stopped responding to treatment over five years and didn’t have access to the back-up drugs available in developed nations,” according to an Annals of Internal Medicine study, Bloomberg reports.

New York Times Magazine Interviews Clinton About Global Women’s Issues

The New York Times Magazine, as part of a special issue that focuses on women worldwide, published an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who “staked her claim as an advocate for global women’s issues in 1995, when, as first lady, she gave an impassioned speech at a United Nations conference in Beijing.” The interview was conducted ahead of her 11-day seven country tour of Africa.

Some HIV-Positive Ugandans’ Not Receiving ARVs

Some HIV-positive people in Uganda “cannot be put on the national antiretroviral programme because it is already saturated and funds for new patients are not available,” the Independent reports.

Also In Global Health News: Boosting Artemisinin Production; TB In Pakistan; Gambia Vaccine Initiative; HIV In Burkina Faso Children

Researchers Use Breeding Method To Create Plant With High Levels Of Artemisinin In an effort to produce more artemisinin than is naturally found in the plant artemisia annua, researchers at York University’s Centre for Novel Agricultural Products are using “fast-track breeding methods to create a plant that contains much higher…

Also In Global Health News: Children HIV Center In Rwanda; New Cholera Cases In Zimbabwe; Maternal Mortality In Pakistan

Rwanda Children HIV/AIDS Center Opens Rwanda’s Ministry of Health on Thursday opened the Integrated Paediatric Centre in Kibagabaga Hospital, the New Times/allAfrica.com reports. “Rwanda has taken significant strides in addressing HIV/Aids issues, but not much had been done to meet the needs of affected children. Specialized palliative care will improve…

Recent Releases: Corruption; Mental Health; U.S. Global Health Policies; Non-Physician Administered ARV; African Health Ministers

Lancet Infectious Diseases Features Reflection On ‘Abuse’ Of HIV/AIDS Money In Mozambique A Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece says while PEPFAR’s “investment of over $228 million into Mozambique in 2008 alone” resulted in “an exponential increase in the number of people on” antiretrovirals and exposed to prevention programs,…