Six universities have agreed to an effort to “encourage companies to give poor countries better access to drugs and medical products stemming from discoveries made on their campuses,” Bloomberg reports (Lauerman, 11/9).
In follow-up coverage to the WHO’s report on women’s health, several news outlets examine the impact HIV/AIDS is having on women around the world. “In its first study of womenâ€™s health, the World Health Organization said yesterday that the AIDS virus is the leading cause of death and disease among women between the ages of 15 and 44,” the Associated Press/Boston Globe reports (11/10).
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News Outlets Examine Nutritionally-Enhanced Products The East African examines the recent launch of a $21.25 million research project, at the International Sweet Potato Centre in Uganda, that aims to develop “nutritionally enhanced sweet potatoes â€¦ to reduce health problems related to vitamin A deficiency and improve food security in sub-Saharan…
TIME examines the Kenyan government’s upcoming survey of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the country’s “three biggest cities” in an effort to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. The survey, which will launch next year, “is considered a landmark because the government and the vast majority of Kenyan people have long refused to address homosexuality in the fight against AIDS,” the magazine writes.
President Barack Obama met with Botswana’s president, Ian Khama, on Thursday to discuss issues facing the country, including the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, Bloomberg reports (Johnston, 11/5).
“AIDS drugs should be given to all who need them to reduce new infections, the World Health Organization said,” following a three-day meeting on the topic of using antiretroviral therapy (ART) to prevent the spread of HIV, Bloomberg reports. “Providing more antiretroviral drugs ‘will achieve a significant transmission benefit,’ Teguest Guerma, interim director of the WHOâ€™s AIDS department, said â€¦ ‘In the past, there has been a false dichotomy between prevention and treatment. â€¦’That is really what has been corrected. Prevention and treatment are two faces of the same coin’” (Bennett, 11/5).
In light of a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) report calling for sustained HIV/AIDS funding, VOA News writes: “Many AIDS-related groups and activists have been calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to fulfill his funding pledges made during the presidential campaign. But are they asking too much, considering the economic downturn?” Sharonann Lynch, an HIV policy advisor for MSF, said, “PEPFAR has the opportunity to save six million lives and it shouldn’t settle for three.”
During a press conference on Thursday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned that the “global economic crisis and calls to commit funds to other health crises” threatened to undermine recent gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the Associated Press reports. MSF “says money for other health issues should be given in addition to money for [HIV/]AIDS” (11/5).
Fierce Mobile reports on the recent announcement that PEPFAR is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Vodafone Foundation to be a founding member of the mHealth Alliance, “a group seeking to bring health services to the most remote corners of the globe using mobile networks and technologies.” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby announced the partnership during a keynote address last week during the inaugural mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C., according to the news service (Versel, 11/3).
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Researchers Highlight ‘Troubling Increase’ In Breast Cancer In Developing Countries “International cancer specialists meet this week to plan an assault on a troubling increase of breast cancer in developing countries, where nearly two-thirds of women aren’t diagnosed until it has spread through their bodies,” the Associated Press reports. Researchers will…