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USAID Launches HIV Research Project In Cambodia

“The United States government on Wednesday launched an HIV research project in Cambodia, aiming to collect and disseminate critical data that will help the country in the fight against HIV,” Xinhua reports. “Rebecca Black, [USAID’s Cambodia mission director], said the [HIV Innovate and Evaluate Project] would work closely with the…

Urgent Need For Multipurpose HIV Prevention, Family Planning Methods Aimed At Women

“High HIV infection rates among women around the world point to an urgent demand for new prevention methods that specifically address women’s health needs,” Bethany Young Holt, the executive director of the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations, a project of the Public Health Institute, and Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, a scientist with the…

IAVI Announces New Board Appointments

“The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Alex Godwin Coutinho has taken over the role of chair of its Board of Directors, and U.S. Ambassador Eric Goosby [who recently completed a four-and-a-half-year term as U.S. global AIDS coordinator,] and the Rt. Hon. the Lord Fowler…

Blog Examines Results Of Various HIV Prevention Trials, Highlights AVAC Report

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines the results of various HIV prevention trials in recent years, and highlights Research & Reality, a report released by AVAC on Monday. “With research beginning to yield promising findings, and realities on the ground providing lessons of their own, the…

International Community Must Fill Funding Gap For AIDS, TB, Malaria

Despite “enormous gains made over the past decade to curb three devastating diseases: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria … there is still a big gap between what’s been accomplished and what more could be done with sufficient financing,” a New York Times editorial states. The editorial summarizes progress against the diseases,…

Mail & Guardian Highlights Mandela’s Evolution As AIDS Activist

The Mail & Guardian examines Nelson Mandela’s evolution as an AIDS activist, writing, “After stepping down as president, Mandela openly regretted not doing more about the pandemic, but also about the lack of time to do so.” The newspaper adds, “The South African Press Agency reported that he said: ‘It’s…

Report Examines Philanthropic Aid For HIV/AIDS Initiatives In LMICs

“Philanthropic support for HIV/AIDS initiatives in low- and middle-income countries in 2012 totaled $500 million, or 5.4 percent of total international funding, a report from Funders Concerned About AIDS finds,” Philanthropy News Digest reports. “Produced with support from UNAIDS, the report [.pdf], ‘Global Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2012,’…

Mandela’s Associations With Global Health ‘Broad And Deep’

A Lancet editorial reflects on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5 at age 95. “Mandela was such an important figure in the history of the struggle, not only for justice and freedom, but also for the right to health,” the editorial writes. The Lancet quotes a…

Mandela Would Approve Of Global AIDS Progress

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, reflects on Nelson Mandela’s role in the global AIDS response. He recounts Mandela’s attendance at the July 2003 International Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and…