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Op-Eds On World AIDS Day: Research, Funding, Hunger, Uganda

To Find AIDS Cure, Ensure NIH Funding The “National Institutes of Health – perhaps our best hope for funding a cure for AIDS – has been underfunded since 2003,” Kate Krauss, director of the AIDS Policy Project, writes in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece. “To cure AIDS, funding must be…

News Outlets Examine Global Response To HIV/AIDS Ahead Of World AIDS Day

Several news outlets examined the global fight against HIV/AIDS ahead of World AIDS Day (December 1): The Associated Press explores how PEPFAR funds are being used to help connect patients living with the disease to treatment, provide support for families and educate the public about the disease in Vietnam. “The…

WHO Issues New HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines

The WHO on Monday issued new recommendations that patients living with HIV/AIDS begin receiving antiretrovirals (ARVs) earlier than current HIV treatment advice suggests, the Associated Press reports.

Despite Gains, HIV/AIDS Remains Public-Health Priority, UNAIDS, WHO Say

News outlets continued to examine the 2009 AIDS epidemic update released Tuesday by the WHO and UNAIDS: “The U.N. report said ‘AIDS continues to be a major public-health priority’ and called for more funds to support efforts to curb the epidemic and to distribute lifesaving drugs,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The U.N. report also suggested that health authorities need to focus resources on those most at risk” (Fairclough, 11/25).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Kaiser Family Foundation HIV/AIDS Resources In advance of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the Kaiser Family Foundation has updated resources that shed light on the epidemic’s impact worldwide, and the U.S. policy role in addressing the challenges. These resources include an updated fact sheet on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic,…

Under-Five Child Mortality Up 20% In Zimbabwe, New Data Shows

UNICEF and the government of Zimbabwe announced Tuesday that, according to new social development data, the mortality rate for children under age five has risen by 20 percent since 1990, Reuters reports. The data suggest that the mortality rate is increasing at a slower rate than in March 2005, when it rose by 50 percent, compared to 1990 (Dzirutwe, 11/24).

Over 33M People Worldwide Living With HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS/WHO Report Finds

An estimated 33.4 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, according to a report released Tuesday in Shanghai by the WHO and UNAIDS that shows “more people are living longer due to the availability of drugs,” Reuters/Washington Post reports (Rujun/Chan, 11/24).