Malawi Gets $30M World Bank Grant For HIV/AIDS Tim Gilbo, the World Bank’sÂ directorÂ in Malawi,Â announced on Tuesday that theÂ organization will grant the countryÂ $30 million, which will be usedÂ to “increase access to prevention, treatment and mitigation services with a focus on behavioural change,”Â SAPA/News24.com reports.Â Gilbo also said the countryÂ should “identify and promote those…
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe in New York on Monday signed a partnership agreement with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) pledging to work towards eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa, Agence France-Presse reports. Presidents Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda attended the signing ceremony.
The Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) 2009 meeting, which begins Tuesday in New York, has added a new theme to its agenda â€“ “investing in women and girls to narrow the gender gap,” Bloomberg reports in an article examining the conference. “In all the world there is only one strategy which clearly slows population growth, raises income and promotes more social stability that is supported across all religious and cultural lines,” former President Clinton said. “And that is putting all the girls in school and giving all the young women access to the labor market.”
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Post Of Zambia Examines Toll Of HIV/AIDS On Country The Post of Zambia examines the findings of a recent report revealing “the devastating effects” the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia is having on the country’s ability to meet the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. The article also looks at the relationship between…
IRIN examines how a recent resolution to create an agency to promote women’s “rights and wellbeing” by the U.N. General Assembly is being welcomed by international HIV/AIDS advocates.
TIME examines a voluntary airline tax, to be introduced in the U.S. and several European countries in January, that aims to “make up a shortfall in official government aid to poor countries â€” a shortfall exacerbated by the world financial crisis.” The tax will be used to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and it will also go towards improving maternal health and reducing child mortality.
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U.S. Commits $13M To Fight HIV/AIDS In Bangladesh BDNews24.com reports on a new $13 million U.S.-government initiative aimed at “providing HIV-prevention services to two million at-risk people in Bangladesh including injecting drug users, male, female and transgender sex workers and their clients, and HIV-positive people through a network of 50…
Research into intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) found that one-third of malaria cases in African babies can be prevented by giving them regular doses of malaria drugs even if they have not contracted the disease, according to a Lancet study, published on Thursday, Reuters reports.
Funding, Health Professional Shortage Could Prevent South Africa From Reaching 2011 ARV Target, Health Minister Says
South Africa’s shortage of health professionals combined with a budget shortfall of over $130 million for the government’s HIV programs could keep the country from reaching its goal of providing 80 percent of the people living with HIV/AIDS in need of treatment with antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) by 2011, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.
The Financial Times’ health section published several global health reports that “focus on the diseases and healthcare issues that affect millions but are often absent from the health debate in rich countries.”