The U.S.-funded Haitian Apparel Center, which aims to train about 2,000 workers per year, was opened in the capital of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. The new center will help Haitian companies evolve from making “simple things, like sheets and T-shirts, to more complex garments,” according to U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten. “And more complex garments mean higher profit margins and more money coming into the country,” he added (Lush, 8/11).
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UNAIDS Calls On Cities To Enhance Response To HIV; China Vows To Step Up Prevention UNAIDS has “issued a call for cities to ‘take the lead in making HIV history’ by enhancing their response to the epidemic,” UN News Centre reports. The article notes that in the next four decades,…
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The U.S. will give an additional $20 million to aid Pakistan, bringing the total amount of flood assistance to $55 million, Mark Ward, acting director of the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, told reporters at a press briefing Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports.
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Crucell And Harvard To Test Experimental AIDS Vaccine In Uninfected Adults The pharmaceutical company Crucell, in collaboration with Harvard University, “plans to test its experimental AIDS vaccine in the U.S. and in Africa, advancing the quest for a protective shot against” HIV, Bloomberg reports. The trial will test the vaccine…
Advancing HIV Prevention Research Requires ‘Spirit Of Global Collaboration’ “Microbicides, vaccines and other new approaches will one day join proven HIV-prevention strategies, including condoms, male circumcision and clean needles. How soon that day comes will depend on whether funders and the scientific community can develop the more collaborative approaches to…
As rains and flooding in Pakistan continue, “the U.S. is racing to provide basic human needs, like makeshift housing,” the Christian Science Monitor reports in an article looking at how the U.S. disaster response is being shaped by “the global battle with militant Islam.”
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Former President Bush To Visit Haiti, Encourage American Aid Former President George W. Bush will visit Haiti Tuesday to “‘view progress made on the rebuilding after the January earthquake, hear from Haitian citizens regarding the current conditions in their country, and visit with organizations that are assisting in the rebuilding…
CQ Weekly Reports On Advocates’ Response To Obama Administration’s Domestic, Global HIV/AIDS Efforts
CQ Weekly examines how HIV/AIDS advocates are “[i]Increasingly dissatisfied with [President Barack] Obama’s approach, both at home and abroad.” According to the article, some advocates say that Obama and congressional Democrats “have failed to show the political will and marshal the necessary resources” to fight HIV/AIDS.
Surveillance Systems Find No Major Disease Outbreaks Since Haiti Quake; Media Examine Aid Disbursements
Haitian and U.S. public health experts recently reported that two new surveillance systems set up in Haiti after the January earthquake showed that no major disease outbreaks had developed and that the new systems could be part of the foundation of the country’s health system in the long term, Reuters reports. The findings were published Friday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).