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.
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).
GHI Won’t Compromise PEPFAR, Global AIDS Coordinator Says At House Foreign Affairs’ Committee Hearing
During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ hearing on the future of PEPFAR Wednesday, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby assured lawmakers that the decision by President Barack Obama to make PEPFAR part of the president’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) would not compromise “the widely praised plan,” CQ HealthBeat reports.
Lancet Infectious Diseases Examines Funding In Relation To Disease Burden: In response to two recent papersÂ on neglected tropical diseases, Nicola Dmitri of the University of Siena in a Lancet Infectious Diseases ReflectionÂ addresses “how research funds could be guided by [the global burden of disease] GBD.” The results show, for example,…
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Africa’s Access Bank Donates $1M To Global Fund Africa’s Access Bank “has announced a donation of the sum of $1 million to the Global Fund’s Gift from Africa” project redeemable over a 3-year period (2010 – 2012),” according to the New Times/allAfrica.com. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Access Bank’s group managing director, said…
“A record 1.2 million people in low- and middle-income countries started antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS in 2009” â€“ a 30 percent increase from the previous year and a 13-fold increase in six years, according to a joint report released Tuesday by the WHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS, Reuters reports. In total, the report found that 5.25 million people received antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2009, three-quarters of them living in Africa (Migiro, 9/28).
U.S. Aid Mostly ‘Invisible To Pakistanis’ “The U.S. military has been working hard to provide flood assistance, but most of that is invisible to Pakistanis,” David Ignatius writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. TheÂ article examines the views of Pakistani flood victims, including criticism of their own government’s response: “And…
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Chan Defends WHO’s Response To H1N1 On Tuesday, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan defended her agency’s response to the H1N1 flu pandemic saying, “I personally do not believe that WHO exaggerated the threat,” and that “[a] new disease is, by definition, poorly understood as it emerges,” Reuters reports. Chan continued, “Had…
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Catholic Church Critical OfÂ Filipino President’s Stance On Contraception Catholic Church representatives have criticizedÂ Filipino President Benigno Aquino’s support for contraception, the Associated Press reports. The Reverend Deogracias Yniguez of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines told AP, “The whole church is against it,” and Reverend Melvin Castro “said church officials…