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Michelle Obama Heads To Africa

“U.S. first lady Michelle Obama left for Africa on Sunday, embarking on her second official solo journey abroad with a goal of advancing U.S. policies on education, health, and democracy,” Reuters reports.

Report Outlines Lessons From AIDS Advocates

A new report from the consulting firm HCM Strategists and the nonprofit group FasterCures “analyzes the factors that helped patient advocates drive research into and drug development for [HIV/AIDS], and tries to figure out whether there are lessons to be learned for other disease advocates,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Health Blog” writes.

Joint Venture To Manufacture And Distribute Tenofovir Gel In Africa

CONRAD and the South African Government’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) on Tuesday announced a license agreement that grants TIA the rights to manufacture and distribute tenofovir gel in Africa, according to a CONRAD statement.  TIA also will establish a joint venture with drug maker Cipla Medpro and iThemba Pharmaceuticals for…

More Money Needed To Fight Health Issues

“I can’t help worrying that, as donors slap themselves on the back over their generosity [shown through pledges to the GAVI Alliance] …, their feelgood factor will turn into a warm glow of satisfaction at having played out their part. Problem solved,” Sarah Boseley writes on the Guardian’s “Global Health Blog.” “What…

AFP Says Battle Against AIDS Not Over In India

Agence France-Presse examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India. Though the country has reduced by half the number of new infections since 2001, “UNAIDS coordinator in India, Charles Gilks, said that while the authorities should be commended for tackling the problem, the country had not yet won the battle,” the news…

Panel Discusses Funding For Universal Access To HIV Treatment

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog includes a summary of a recent Global Fund meeting on HIV financing. “The most dynamic and passionate remarks came from Morolake Odetoyinbo, CEO of the non-governmental organization Positive Action for Treatment Access in Nigeria and a woman living with HIV/AIDS. She argued…