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PEPFAR Decisions To Be Grounded In Scientific Evidence, Goosby Says

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “said future programmes to prevent HIV infection would be those supported by the best scientific evidence,” reports the Financial Times. Goosby told the Financial Times in an interview: “I will always wrap myself in the science as the justification of decision-making. I will not factor in an ideological rationale.”

More Details Emerge About UNITAID’s Plan For Patent Pool For HIV/AIDS Drugs

Though UNITAID’s board “voted Monday to create a board to run the new patent pool, and set a target of having five AIDS drugs in the pool by mid-2010,” the group “punted on the thorny issue of which countries outside of Africa to include in the pool,” Forbes reports. Some drug makers have voiced opposition to the inclusion of countries such as Brazil, China and India in the patent pool, viewing “these as lucrative new markets,” the magazine writes.

U.S. Health Officials Announce Shift In Focus Of PrEP Trial In Botswana

U.S. health officials on Thursday announced they will shift the focus of a clinical trial in Botswana aimed at testing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – the strategy that “a daily low dose of the drugs, which interfere with the ability of the virus to replicate, could also lower the risk of infection” – after researchers discovered they would be unable to determine the efficacy of Truvada, the medicine used in the trial, Reuters reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Scientific American Examines Neglected Tropical Diseases A Scientific American article examines recent efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The author writes “NTDs have plagued humankind for thousands of years. … What is new, however, is that donors, drugmakers, health ministries in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Piece Highlights Positive Results Of PEPFAR In Mozambique In a Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece, a group of “PEPFAR-implementing partners” in Mozambique counter a previous piece published in the journal that says there is “abuse” of PEPFAR money in the country. The authors contend that…

Opinions: Community-Based Health Care Models; U.S. Leadership In Reproductive Health Care

‘Accompaniment’ Can Reform Health Care Around The World “We don’t need to start fresh to create patient-centered medical homes. We just need to look to community-based models of care that are effective but often go unrecognized,” according to a Boston Globe opinion piece by Heidi Behforouz, the director of the…

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