At the launch of the Campaign to End Pediatric HIV/AIDS (CEPA) on Thursday, advocate Graca Machel urged African leaders to redirect state spending to prevent and treat HIV infections among women and children, Agence France-Presse reports. An estimated “1.8 million of the world’s two million [HIV-positive] children” live in Sub-saharan Africa, where “[m]other-to-child prevention and treatment coverage currently averages 30 to 40 percent against a target of 80 percent,” the news service writes (10/22).
Agence France-Presse examines how two recent studies have “boosted morale” among HIV vaccine researchers who have struggled for decades to develop a viable vaccine to protect people from the virus.
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday released a report — “Addiction, Crime and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium” — documenting how “[t]he smuggling of Afghan opiates is fueling addiction and drug use along trafficking routes from Iran to Central Asia,” and contributing to the spread of diseases, the Associated Press reports (Oleksyn, 10/21).
Nigeria Gets $669M Global Fund Grant For Health System Strengthening The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria awarded Nigeria a $669 million Round 8 grant for health system strengthening over five years, This Day/allAfrica.com reports. “During the grant signing ceremony in Abuja yesterday, Chairman of the occasion and…
The Guardian examines how “famine and acute food shortages” in Uganda could affect people living with HIV/AIDS. “The situation is beginning to undermine efforts to fight the virus in the north and east of Uganda, the areas most affected by the drought,” according to the Guardian.
As the AIDS vaccine conference continues in Paris this week, Reuters examines how recent trials are helping researchers better understand ways to develop a vaccine that offers people protection from HIV. Researchers involved in Merck’s AIDS vaccine trial, which was halted in 2007 after it was feared the vaccine raised study participants’ risk of infection, presented follow-up data from the trial during the conference on Tuesday.
A report, released Tuesday, from Oxfam International and Health Action International says the EU is putting big drug companies’ interests ahead of “millions of people” in developing countries who do not have access to essential medicines, Agence France-Presse reports (10/20).
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More Than 100 Infected, 5 Dead From Cholera In Zimbabwe A cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has infected more than 100, resulting in five deaths, state media said Tuesday, Reuters reports, “raising fears of a repeat of last year’s epidemic that claimed more than 4,000 lives. The southern African country suffered…
As HIV Vaccine Conference Opens, Experts Appeal For Sustained Commitment To Global Fight Against Disease
Experts gathered for the start of a four-day conference on HIV vaccines in Paris called upon donors to maintain their funding support for the fight against HIV/AIDS despite the global economy, Agence France-Presse reports.
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China Calls For Asia-Pacific Countries To Focus On Reproductive Health “China has called on Asia-Pacific countries to attach greater importance to population and family planning and put more funds into the reproductive health and family planning programmes,” the Daily Times reports (10/19). Senior Chinese legislator Chen Zhili Sunday at the…