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Obama Administration Expected To Announce $4B Pledge To Global Fund

“The Obama administration is expected on Tuesday to announce a large increase in its pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and to call for reform of the organization,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The pledge of $4 billion over the next three fiscal years to the Geneva-based organization comes as governments and donors around the world have slowed increases in spending to combat HIV/AIDS, with weaker economies straining budgets,” the newspaper adds (McKay, 10/5).

African Leaders To Meet In Zambia To Discuss Country Responses To HIV/AIDS

Later this month, “[f]our former heads of State and other high-level African leaders who are the champions for a HIV/AIDS-free generation project” will travel to Zambia at the request of Zambian President Rupiah Banda for a meeting to discuss ways to strengthen the HIV/AIDS response in Africa, Times of Zambia/allAfrica.com reports.

Media Examines PEPFAR Hearing, Calls For More HIV Funding Ahead Of Global Fund Replenishment Meeting

Ahead of the Global Fund replenishment meeting, which kicks off today in New York, Inter Press Service examines the Obama administration HIV/AIDS funding commitments. The article details last week’s House Foreign Affairs’ Committee Hearing, where U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, together with a panel of other HIV/AIDS experts and advocates, discussed the future of PEPFAR together with President Obama’s six-year $63 billion Global Health Intitative (GHI).

Also In Global Health News: Malaria In Pakistan; Mass Rape And HIV Transmission; Contraceptives In Philippines; Drug Corruption In Uganda; Violence Against Women Bill Delayed; South African HIV Orphans

Two Million Malaria Cases Expected In Pakistan More than 250,000 cases of suspected malaria have been reported and 2 million more are expected in Pakistan “in the wake of the country’s devastating floods,” the Guardian reports, citing numbers released by the WHO. Large areas of stagnant water combined with heat…

Opinions: MDGs; Obama’s Development Policy; PEPFAR In Uganda

MDGs Help And Hurt In a SciDev.Net editorial, David Dickson, director of SciDev.Net, examines progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, highlighting their usefulness as well as their shortcomings. “The value of the MDGs lies in the way they have acted as both a carrot and a stick to focus the efforts…

Media Outlets Look Ahead To Next Week’s Global Fund Replenishment Meeting

Ahead of next week’s replenishment meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in New York, IRIN/PlusNews examines the challenges associated with trying to ramp up programs worldwide to meet global health targets. “After years of steady increases in funding for the HIV/AIDS response, the global economic downturn of the last two years has seen most donor countries cut or flat-line their contributions,” the news service writes.

NIH Announces It Will Share IP Rights To Some AIDS Drugs In UNITAID Patent Pool

The NIH announced Thursday “it will share intellectual property rights on some AIDS drugs in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available to the poor,” Reuters reports. The move makes the NIH the “the first research institution to join an HIV medicines patent pool launched by UNITAID, a health financing system funded by a tax on airline tickets which was co-founded by Brazil, Britain, Chile, France, and Norway in 2006,” the news service adds (Kelland, 9/30).

HIV/AIDS Researchers, Government Officials Track Progress, Forecast Challenges For HIV Vaccine Development

More than 1,000 researchers, government officials and advocates are gathering in Atlanta this week to discuss the progress and future challenges in the development of a vaccine that protects against HIV, FierceVaccines reports (Carroll, 9/29). The AIDS Vaccine 2010 meeting, which kicked off Tuesday, will run through Friday, according to the website for the meeting (undated).