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Campaign To End Pediatric HIV/AIDS Launched In Africa

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).

AFP Examines Recent HIV Vaccine Findings

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.

U.N. Report Documents How Opium Contributes To Spread of Disease, Deaths

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).

Also In Global Health News: Nigeria Global Fund Grant; Pakistani Refugees; Guinea Violence

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…

Media Outlets Examine How AIDS Vaccine Trial Results Will Shape Future Studies

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.

EU Policies Threaten Developing Countries Drug Supplies, Report Says

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).

Also In Global Health News: Asia-Pacific Reproductive Health; Developing Country Medical Waste Disposal; Draft Bill In Uganda; Diarrhea Deaths In China

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…