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Lawmakers, Activists Pressure Obama To Act On HIV/AIDS, USA TODAY Reports

“President Obama is facing renewed pressure from U.S. lawmakers and activists to take legacy-setting action to combat HIV/AIDS,” USA TODAY reports, noting recent actions by members of Congress and AIDS activists in the U.S. and abroad urging Obama to scale up the number of people receiving treatment under PEPFAR and…

ONE Report Tracks Progress Toward End Of AIDS

“Beginning in 2012, ONE set out to write an annual accountability report, tracking just how much (or how little) progress was being made toward [ending AIDS]. And in this year’s report … we find encouraging news: if current rates of acceleration are sustained, we will achieve the beginning of the…

ONE Analysis Finds Disparities In AIDS Progress Among African Countries

“Progress in the battle against AIDS is widely divergent in different African countries, so much so that to talk about ‘AIDS in Africa’ as one epidemic needing a single approach has become an anachronism, campaigners said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “In an analysis of the state of the global fight…

GAVI To Provide Support For Inactivated Polio Vaccine

“The GAVI Alliance is to begin providing support for the introduction of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) as part of routine immunization programs in the world’s 73 poorest countries, GAVI’s Board decided [on Friday],” a GAVI press release states. “This decision will enable the Alliance to help countries reach more children…

E.U. Signs $287M Development Grant With Ethiopia, Including Funding For Maternal Health

“The European Union signed a development grant with Ethiopia on Monday worth 212.4 million euros ($287.26 million) to help finance road construction and projects targeting maternal health and drought resilience,” Reuters reports. “The package includes 49 million euros earmarked for road building. Another 50 million euros will be [available] to…

South African Grant Scheme Reduces Girls’ Dependence On ‘Sugar Daddies,’ Study Shows

“Government grants to help poor children in South Africa also play an important role in reducing HIV risk from ‘sugar daddies’ who prey on teenage girls, a study said on Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports. “In a wide-ranging probe published in the Lancet Global Health, researchers in Britain and South Africa…

India’s Delay On Global Fund Grant Caused HIV Drug Shortages, Live Mint Reports

India’s “health ministry sat on a $187 million international grant offered to the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) for some 18 months, causing drug shortages that left about one million HIV-positive Indians treated under the program without drugs and testing kits for at least five of those months,” Live Mint…

Opinion Pieces Published Ahead Of Global Fund Replenishment Conference

The following is a summary of opinion pieces published ahead of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s replenishment conference scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., on December 3. Phyllis AlRoy, Times of Trenton: “The choice is clear: invest in efforts to end these pandemics or allow…

U.N. Appeals For Polio Funding For Horn Of Africa; Disease Detected In Cameroon

“Two U.N. agencies on Friday called on countries in the Horn of Africa region to remain watchful as [a] polio outbreak has significantly slowed down,” Xinhua reports. “The [WHO] and UNICEF also appealed for $88 million to support [regional] governments’ polio eradication efforts in 2014 and maintain the momentum built…

South Korea Uses Airline Tax To Raise Global Fund Contribution

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Thursday that it had received a major boost from South Korea thanks to a levy on airline tickets,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The Geneva-based body … said South Korea was to double its contribution over the next three years,” the news…

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