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U.N. General Assembly Special Session Addresses Global Drug Policies, With More Focus On Human Rights-Based Prevention, Treatment Approaches

Agence France-Presse: World’s nations urged to shift focus on drug problem “World governments at a U.N. meeting on the global drug problem were urged Tuesday to move away from repression, abolish the death penalty for drug offenses, and step up treatment…” (4/19). Deutsche Welle: World governments consider changing course from…

West, Central African Nations Need Increased Access To HIV Treatment, MSF Report Says

Humanosphere: West and Central Africa falling behind in the fight against HIV and AIDS, report finds “…In West and Central Africa, a region that covers 25 countries, a Doctors Without Borders report released [Tuesday] has highlighted that 27 percent of all global deaths attributable to the AIDS pandemic occur in…

Global Community Should Adopt Human Rights-Based Approach Toward People Who Use Drugs

Huffington Post: The World Needs a Healthier, Rights-based Approach Towards People Who Use Drugs Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS “…In a new report, ‘Do no harm: health, human rights and people who use drugs,’ UNAIDS presents the evidence for what works to reduce the impact of HIV and other…

Foreign Policy Examines Effects Of PEPFAR’s New Strategies, Funding Constraints

Foreign Policy: Obama Dreams of an AIDS-Free Generation “…The new strategy engineered by [Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator,] and publicly introduced at the end of 2014 reflects all of these concerns: demographics, coverage, and funding constraints. In effect, the strategy repositions resources to address the areas and populations…

HIV Treatment Program In Haiti Shows Success, NEJM Report Says

New York Times: AIDS Treatment in Haiti Promising for Developing Nations “One of the first groups of HIV patients in a poor country to get free AIDS drugs has about the same survival rate as their closest counterparts in the United States, according to scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College.…

Opinion Pieces Highlight Drug Policy Issues Being Discussed At U.N. Special Session

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Why the ‘war on drugs’ isn’t working Francis Chimenya, Community Advisory Board member of the Johns Hopkins Research Project-Malawi and a member of Key Correspondents “Public health experts are calling for reforms to drugs policies … Many countries continue to focus on reducing supply and depend on…

PEPFAR Continues To Use Data-Driven Approach To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

Huffington Post: Harnessing the Data Revolution for an AIDS-Free Generation Deborah L. Birx, ambassador-at-large and coordinator of the U.S. government activities to combat HIV/AIDS “A data revolution is underway at the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). … By collecting local-level granular data, more frequently, and analyzing it…

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