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Greek Financial Crisis Affecting Country’s Health Care System, Study Shows

News sources report on a study published in The Lancet detailing how Greece’s financial crisis is impacting health care in the country. Associated Press/Washington Post: Greek financial crisis tied to worsening health “Researchers say they have found new evidence that Greece’s financial crisis is taking a toll on the health…

Blog Describes PEPFAR’s New HIV-Related Gender Analysis Requirement

PEPFAR’s “Updated Gender Strategy begins with a notice of a new requirement, made prominent with upper-case letters, underlined and printed in red, not unlike a warning: ‘Note that there is a new PEPFAR requirement to undertake a gender analysis related to HIV at the country-level by March 2016.’ … The…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 36 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article on the crisis in Central African Republic, one on HIV stigma, and one on malaria control in the Mekong region (1/23).

Controversial Legislation In Ukraine Affecting Country’s HIV Response

Inter Press Service: Ukraine Crackdown Hits Fight Against AIDS “Groups battling one of the world’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemics say their task may get ‘catastrophically’ harder following the introduction of controversial laws in Ukraine in response to months of anti-government protests. … The International HIV/AIDS Alliance Ukraine has told IPS that…

Private Sector Plays Critical Role In Ending AIDS

Huffington Post: The $22 Million Domino Effect Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED) “The domino effect can be a truly beautiful thing. But in the case of the AIDS fight, when every domino is a private sector player, we don’t want dominos down. We want as many as possible standing proud…

Asia Emphasizes Need For ‘Meaningful Youth Participation’ In Reproductive Health

Xinhua: Asia needs to invest in youth’s reproductive health “Investing in the youth’s sexual and reproductive health is the key to stemming some of developing Asia’s major health challenges [such as] increasing HIV infections and maternal deaths. … This is the consensus among the over 3,000 participants in 7th Asia…

Obama Administration, Congress Must Fund PEPFAR To ‘Accelerate The End Of AIDS’

Health Affairs Blog: Don’t Put The Brakes On Ending AIDS Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and Matthew Kavanagh, a senior policy analyst for Health Global Access Project, Mumford Doctoral Fellow in Politics at the University of Pennsylvania, and fellow…

Romania Must Do More To Prevent HIV

Valentin Simionov, executive director of the Romanian Harm Reduction Network, writes in Open Society Foundations’ “Voices” blog, “Romania is currently experiencing a spike in HIV rates that hits hardest among the most vulnerable populations, such as people who use drugs. Meanwhile, Romanians find themselves caught between a lack of clear…

Viral Load Monitoring Can Be Successfully Used In Sub-Saharan Africa

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, “Helen Bygrave of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) considers the challenges of making HIV viral load testing an effective reality in sub-Saharan Africa.” She concludes, “In summary, sorting out the technical issues seems, dare I say it, to be the easy part. It…

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