A high-level U.N. panel on Thursday recommended that the international community “create a special reparations fund for victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” following an assessment of the conditions faced by survivors of such acts, Agence France-Presse reports (3/3).
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As Thousands Flee Libya, World Leaders, International Aid Agencies Respond With Humanitarian Aid “Libyan border crossings were overwhelmed Wednesday by tens of thousands of hungry, fearful people fleeing its burgeoning civil war,” the Associated Press reports. “U.S. Ambassador Betty King in Geneva said the United States is giving $12 million…
Thousands of HIV-positiveÂ people from India and across Asia marched in New Delhi on Wednesday to protest the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and India, “which [some argue] has provisions that would restrict access to affordable medicines,” the Times of India reports. “Though government officials have…
Inter Press Service Explores How Kenya’s Anti-Counterfeit Act, Possible EU-India Free Trade Agreement Could Scale Back Access To Affordable Medications
Inter Press Service examines how legislation in Kenya targeting counterfeit medications and a possible EU-India Free Trade Agreement could scale back access to affordable and safe generic medications widely used in developing countries. The article describes the toll of counterfeit medicines in Kenya and the decision in 2008 to pass the country’s Anti-Counterfeit Act â€“ a move Onyango Opiyo, the executive director of the Nairobi Network of Post-Test Clubs, which supports people living with HIV/AIDS, says has held up legitimate generic medications. The piece also notes Opiyo’s growing concern over the impact negotiations between the EU and India could have in further slowing access to generic medicines.
Scientists At Retrovirus Conference Present Findings on Microbicide Gel, Truvada, Male Circumcision, ART Care By Nurses
At the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston on Monday, researchers “suggested the potential” of a gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir to reduce the risk of anal HIV transmission, TIME’s “Healthland” blog reports. With previous trials showing the gel reduced HIV vaginal infection risk, “[r]esearchers have wanted to know whether the gel could protect against anal transmission of the virus, since the risk of infection from unprotected anal sex may be more than 20 times that of unprotected vaginal sex,” according to the blog (Melnick, 2/28).
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Sexual Violence Hinders Girls’ Education, UNESCO Report Says In its annual report on education, the U.N.Â Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) highlights howÂ sexual violence affects development issues, including girls’ education, the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” reports. According to UNESCO,Â “in 35 countries affected by conflict there are 28 million children out…
Star-Ledger Examines Tibotec’s Agreement With Generic Drug Makers On Experimental HIV/AIDS Treatment
In a piece on the move by drug manufacturer Tibotec Pharmaceuticals to grant licenses to generic manufacturers in India and South Africa to create copies of its experimental HIV/AIDS drug, the New Jersey Star-Ledger examines why drug companies are particularly focused on expanding their reach in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Â Global Fund To Resume Grants In Myanmar The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is resuming the distribution of grants to Myanmar, after suspending the country’s grants in August 2005Â because the fund suspected “political interference in its programmes,” Inter Press Service reports.Â According to the news service, Myanmar, which…
House, Senate Leaders Continue Negotiations On FY11 Budget; Global Health Advocates Protest Spending Cuts
Federal budget negotiations continued on Thursday, “as Senate Democrats looked for targets for cuts in the remaining months of fiscal 2011 and House Republicans appeared ready to unveil a stopgap plan that would make deep reductions over the next two weeks,” CQ reports.
New Resources On Federal Global Health, HIV/AIDS Budgets: The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a collection of new resources examining global health and HIV/AIDS funding in the Obama administration’s FY12 budget proposal. A new fact sheetÂ breaks down the $9.8 billion budget request for the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year,…