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UNAIDS Director Cautions Against Funding Cuts To Global Fund

During an appeal to government and private donors to pledge money to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Monday, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe warned of the repercussions tightening budgets could play in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the Associated Press reports. “An estimated 94 percent of patients on anti-retroviral treatment in Africa count on external donor funds to provide their medications, Sidibe said,’ according to the news service. “If we stop now, if we reduce the financing, the people who are on treatment today … we will transform their hope for universal access into a universal nightmare, because they will start dying,” Sidibe told the AP.

U.N. Official Addresses Increasing Drug Addiction In Developing Countries

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Monday warned of an impending “health disaster facing developing countries if wealthy nations fail to control drugs,” the Agence France-Presse reports. During a speech delivered in Vienna, UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costas pointed to “increasing use of heroin in East Africa, cocaine in West Africa, and synthetic drugs in the Middle East and South East Asia as warning signs” of a growing drug problem in impoverished nations (3/8).

Opinions: Don’t Slow Fight Against HIV, TB, Malaria; U.S. Focus On Women, Girls

2010 To Be ‘Decisive Year’ For Global Health, Global Fund Director Says In a BusinessDay opinion piece, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Michel Kazatchkine reflects on the organization’s progress and impact on global health outcomes since its creation in 2002, as detailed in…

Also In Global Health News: Leishmaniasis Treatment; China’s National Health Plan; Zimbabwe Food Security; HIV/AIDS Spending In India

Heating Device Effectively Treats Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Study Says “A heating device that uses radio frequency energy to heat parasites and kill them could provide a new way to treat … cutaneous leishmaniasis in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, military researchers reported Monday,” the Los Angeles Times’ blog “Booster Shots” reports. “The…

Global Fund Releases Latest Impact Data, Projections For Improving Global Health In Next Decade

By 2015, mother-to-child HIV transmission will be virtually eliminated and deaths from malaria and tuberculosis will continue to decline if health investments for the diseases are maintained or scaled up, according to an annual report published Monday by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Agence France-Presse/Africasia.com reports (3/8).

Also In Global Health News: HIV In Philippines; Birth Control, Child Health In Afghanistan; Guatemala’s Progress On MDGs

Philippines’ Health Secretary Seeks To Boost Condom Distribution After Increase In HIV Diagnoses The Philippines’ Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral on Thursday announced she would seek additional public funds to support the distribution of condoms among high-risk groups, after the country recorded 143 new cases of HIV in January – its highest number…

Meeting Addresses How To Improve HIV/AIDS Surveillance In Asia

A five-day workshop that opened Monday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will address ways to improve HIV/AIDS surveillance in the Asia region, Viet Nam News reports. The workshop has brought together “surveillance technical staff from government departments, non-governmental organisations and U.S. Government agencies from 14 countries in Asia to provide updates and best practices on key issues related to the conduct and use of HIV/AIDS surveillance data,” according to the news service (3/3).