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UNITAID Has Raised $2B Through Airline Tax Since 2006, Could Be Model For G20 Development Funding, UNITAID Chair Says

UNITAID, an international drug financing program established to help fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries, has raised about $2 billion since 2006 through taxes on airline tickets in 15 countries, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of the UNITAID executive board, told reporters in Washington on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports. According to Douste-Blazy, UNITAID’s experience could provide a model for G20 development funding efforts.

Clinton Says U.S. Will Continue To Back Haiti’s Quake Recovery After Meeting With Haitian President-Elect

After meeting with Haitian President-elect Michel Martelly on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. would back Haiti’s efforts to recover from the January 2010 earthquake “all the way,” VOA News reports. “Martelly is in Washington for key meetings in advance of his May 14 inauguration,” the news service notes (Gollust, 4/20).

China Releases First Report On Foreign Aid

China on Thursday released its first report on the country’s investment in foreign aid over the past few decades and its impact on developing countries, noting that “its rise as an aid donor is a good development at a time when the global financial crisis is straining most other countries’ spending,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.

Also In Global Health News: Nuclear Accidents; Measles Outbreak In Europe; Funding Shortfall In Zimbabwe; Drinking Water In Pakistan; Agricultural Development In S. Asia

World Must Prepare For More Nuclear Accidents, U.N. Secretary-General Says The world must prepare for more major nuclear accidents, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday at a Kiev conference marking the explosion of a reactor at Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear reactor 25 years ago, the Associated Press reports. “To many,…

Also In Global Health News: Brazil Air Fee For UNITAID; East Africa Community And Agriculture; WFP Uses Social Media To Raise Funds; Cancer In Latin America, Caribbean; Calls For Transparency, Accountability

Brazil Senate Approves Air Travel Fee To Be Donated To UNITAID Brazil’s Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to allow the transfer of $1 million a year for 20 years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Xinhua/People’s Daily reports. Under the measure, air travelers leaving Brazil will…

Rate Of Antiretroviral Virological Failure Higher Among Children Living With HIV/AIDS Than Adults, Study Finds

One in eight children living with HIV/AIDS “experiences triple-class virological failure – meaning the virus becomes resistant to multiple drugs – within five years of starting antiretroviral treatment,” according to a study published Wednesday in the Lancet, HealthDay News/MSN reports. The “failure rate is higher than in adults and highlights the challenge of maintaining viral load suppression in young patients who begin antiretroviral therapy so early in life, the researchers said,” according to the news service (Preidt, 4/19).

Also In Global Health News: Russia’s Illegal Drug Fight; Radio To Promote HIV/AIDS Awareness; USAID, Qatar MoU On Food Security; Canada’s HIV Vaccine Initiative

Russian President Says Country Has Failed To Reduce Injection Drug Use Russia has failed to curtail an injection drug epidemic that cuts economic growth by up to three percent annually, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of federal and regional senior officials on Monday, Reuters reports. “In spite of…