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Continued Work Needed In Vaccine Development

Reflecting on World Immunization Week, April 21-28, Angeline Nanni, director of market access at Aeras, discusses the “remarkable results” of expanded immunization programs in a guest post on the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog. “Immunization has saved the lives of more children than any other medical intervention in the…

NIH Halts Large Clinical Trial Of HIV Vaccine Candidate

“The National Institutes of Health on Thursday halted a study testing an experimental HIV vaccine after an independent review board found the vaccine did not prevent HIV infection and did not reduce the amount of HIV in the blood,” Reuters reports (Steenhuysen, 4/25). “The trial, known as HVTN 505, started…

DKT Ethiopia Using GIS Technology To Improve Family Planning, HIV Prevention Programs

“In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa,” David Olson, a global development communications consultant, writes in…

Fighting Schistosomiasis Would Help Reduce HIV Incidence, Researchers Say

“The transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa could be slashed if efforts are made to combat the spread of the waterborne disease schistosomiasis by providing clean water, sanitation and health education, a study reports,” SciDev.Net writes. Schistosomiasis can cause genital ulcers in women, making them more susceptible to HIV infection,…

UNITAID, Medicines Patent Pool Work To Improve Access To Medicines In Developing World

Devex features a sponsored interview with Dennis Broun, executive director of UNITAID, which uses innovative financing and “its understanding of how to address market shortcomings to improve access to quality-assured treatment and diagnostics for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria patients in low-income countries.” Broun discusses innovations in global health financing, lessons…

U.S. Supreme Court Should Overturn ‘Misguided’ Anti-Prostitution Pledge Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will hear a case, AOSI v. USAID, that “will decide the fate of the anti-prostitution pledge,” a law barring funding for groups that work on HIV/AIDS prevention but do not have a policy opposing prostitution and sex trafficking, Chi Mgbako, a clinical associate professor…

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments To Decide Fate Of Anti-Prostitution Pledge

“On Monday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that will decide if recipients of government aid can be forced to oppose prostitution — or potentially any other issue as a contingency of receiving U.S. funds,” The Nation reports. “The case, Alliance for Open Society International v United…

State Department Hosts Online Discussions On Foreign Aid, HIV/AIDS

Richard Buangan, director of digital engagement at the U.S. State Department, notes in the agency’s “DipNote” blog that Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in a Google+ hangout on Friday, April 19, at 1:15 pm EDT. “The live online conversation, ‘The U.S. In the World: What’s In It for Us?,’ will…

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