At a donors conference beginning on Wednesday at the U.N. in New York, Haitian President Rene Preval will lay out a $3.8 billion plan “to begin radically reshaping his country’s post-earthquake economy and infrastructure,” the Washington Post reports. The plan “marks the first phase of a highly ambitious reconstruction effort that” the Haitian government estimates will cost more than $11 billion over ten years.
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UNAIDS Executive Director Calls For Continued Investment In HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Removal of Travel Bans
During a meeting of lawmakers from 150 countries in Bangkok, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe on Sunday warned that the global economic crisis could reverse recent gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Reuters reports. An estimated 33.4 million people in the world are living with HIV/AIDS, the news service notes.
The GAVI Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “on Friday began an effort to raise as much as $24 billion from members of the Group of 20 nations that will test whether a major push begun a decade ago against infectious diseases can survive the global recession,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The two groups held meetings last week in The Hague with government representatives from existing and potential donor nations, according to the newspaper.
Former President Bill Clinton asked aid groups working in Haiti on Thursday to focus on making the nation more self-sufficient, the Associated Press reports. Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, spoke ahead of a U.N. donor conference on rebuilding Haiti next week.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Article Examines Relationship Between Malnutrition, HIV Progression In Sub-Saharan Africa “Sub-Saharan Africa is affected by a disproportionately high prevalence of both HIV infection and food scarcity,” write the authors of an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition articleÂ on the relationship between malnutrition and the progression of…
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WHO Warns Bird Flu Continues To Pose Threat Despite a reduction in the number of cases of avian flu (H5N1) since its peak in 2006, the WHO said in a statement Wednesday that “the newly confirmed human and poultry cases of avian influenza this year are a reminder that the…
“A new online information portal on aid flows around the world” aims to improve transparency and prevent billions of dollars in international aid from being misused, according to academics and aid officials who launched the tool at a conference, Reuters AlertNet reports. A working version of the portal became available for the public on Tuesday, the news service reports.
President Barack Obama sent a letter (.pdf) to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Wednesday asking the Congress “for $2.8 billion in emergency funds to provide for costs associated with relief and reconstruction for Haiti, after its devastating earthquake on January 12,” Reuters reports.
“Civil society organisations from around the world on Wednesday made a coordinated appeal to the Canadian government to help pressure the Group of Eight (G8) into fulfilling its aid commitments in the fight against AIDS,” which are predicted to be over $20 billion short of commitments pledged by the G8 during the Gleneagles summit in 2005, the Mail & Guardian reports.
In a statement marking World Tuberculosis Day, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe “warned Wednesday that double infections of HIV and TB could become the next new epidemic,” the Associated Press reports. Sidibe said, “I’m calling for serious attention to TB, and serious attention to TB-HIV co-infection” (Corder, 3/24).