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Also In Global Health News: HIV/AIDS In Ukraine; Implementing WHO HIV/AIDS Guidelines; Interview With World Bank HIV/AIDS Chief; Biotechnology For Food Security

Heterosexual Transmission Driving Ukraine’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Heterosexual transmission has “overtaken drug abuse as the main cause of AIDS” in Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports. “In 2009, 43 percent of Ukrainians infected with HIV caught the virus through heterosexual sex and 35 percent by drug injection,” AFP writes, referencing a national report…

2010 Aspen Ideas Festival Addresses U.S. HIV/AIDS Funding, Global Health Systems, Food Security And More

Moderator Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, began a session on Sunday at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival by asking how a decade of momentum for global health improvement could be sustained in the face of the economic downturn and what is seen by some as waning financial commitment from donor nations. Nigel Crisp, an independent crossbench member of the U.K.’s House of Lords, Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior White House advisor on health, and Francis Omaswa, founder and executive director of the African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation, participated in the discussion.

Discovery Of Antibodies That Kill More Than 90% Of HIV Viruses Gives New Hope For Vaccine

“An effective vaccine against the AIDS virus may have moved one step closer to reality, researchers said Thursday,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Federal researchers have identified a pair of naturally occurring antibodies that are able to kill more than 90% of all strains of the AIDS virus, a finding they say could lead to the development of new treatments for HIV infections and to the production of the first successful vaccine against the virus” (Maugh, 7/9).

World Bank Announces New Head For Its HIV/AIDS Program

“The World Bank on Thursday named David Wilson, a Zimbabwean national who has written extensively about AIDS in the developing world, to head the poverty-fighting institution’s global HIV/AIDS program,” Reuters reports.

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Lancet Viewpoint Examines Malaria In Africa 10 Years After Abuja Declaration A Lancet Viewpoint examines the problems and prospects in malaria control since the Abuja Declaration was signed 10 years ago with the goal of halving malaria mortality in Africa by 2010. “There is an obvious euphoric sense that elimination…

Media Outlets Examine Efforts To Tackle HIV/AIDS Worldwide

Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, set for July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria, Reuters features an interview with Gottfried Hirnschall, the WHO’s director of HIV/AIDS, who speaks of the need for current funds for the global HIV/AIDS programs to be used more efficiently to achieve universal access to treatment for all HIV/AIDS patients.

Also In Global Health News: Namibia Lifts HIV Travel Ban; HIV Treatment In East Africa; India’s ‘Lifestyle’ Disease Challenge; Mideast HIV/AIDS Strategy

UNAIDS Praises Namibia For Lifting HIV Travel Ban “Namibia received praise Thursday from the United Nations joint programme on AIDS after the south-west African nation lifted restrictions on the movement of people infected with the disease,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M & C writes. According to U.N. data, the news agency writes, “51…

Also In Global Health News: Bird Flu In Bangladesh; Women’s Health In Kenya; Drug-Resistant Malaria In Cambodia; Over-Diagnosis Of Malaria In Children; HIV/AIDS In Africa; Efforts To Channel African Aid

USAID Program To Prevent Spread Of Bird Flu In Bangladesh Expands  All Headline News reports on a USAID-funded initiative to prevent the spread of bird flu in Bangladesh. The STOP AI (Stamping Out Pandemic and Avian Influenza) Bangladesh initiative includes the “renovation of the water supply, addition of a bio-gas facility for…

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Presses Obama Administration On PEPFAR Funding

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), “[t]he largest global AIDS organization[,] accused the Obama administration and Congress on Friday of falling short on promised funding and oversight in the worldwide fight against the epidemic,” The Hill’s “Healthwatch” blog reports.