HIV Prevention Strategies Are Essential “For nearly 30 years scientists have been trying to break the back of the AIDS epidemic,” but the recent microbicide gel study and an AIDS vaccine trial in Thailand “show just how difficult and how distant that goal is,” according to a Washington Post editorial.…
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Though UNITAID’s board “voted Monday to create a board to run the new patent pool, and set a target of having five AIDS drugs in the pool by mid-2010,” the group “punted on the thorny issue of which countries outside of Africa to include in the pool,” Forbes reports. Some drug makers have voiced opposition to the inclusion of countries such as Brazil, China and India in the patent pool, viewing “these as lucrative new markets,” the magazine writes.
Data Shows Drop In Natural Disaster-Related Deaths, Growing Economic Losses; Sen. Murkowski Moves To Halt EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulation
New data from the WHO and the Belgian Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters Deaths and released at the U.N. climate conference show the number of people dying in climate-related disasters has decreased, but that economic losses from natural disasters are growing, Reuters AlertNet reports.
The international drug procurement agency UNITAID on Monday unveiled plans to create a patent pool for HIV/AIDS medications to help increase access to generic versions of newer drugs at lower prices for low- and middle-income countries, Agence France-Presse reports. The patent pool “will create a common space for patent holders to license their technology in exchange for royalties” and is “scheduled to begin operating in mid-2010,” AFP reports (12/14).
WHO’s World Malaria Report 2009, released on Tuesday, found “increased funding is starting to pay off in the battle against malaria but prevention and treatment must be increased to try to halt the killer disease, Reuters reports. According to the Associated Press, there were more than 240 million cases of malaria and an estimated 863,000 people, mostly in Africa, died of the disease in 2008.
Washington Post Editorial Examines Future Of PEPFAR A Washington Post editorial examines the future of PEPFAR under the Obama administration, as outlined in a five-year strategy released earlier this month. Though “[m]any organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, continue to worry that Mr. Obama is ‘flat-lining’ funding for the vital program,”…
After the Senate approved a House-passed spending package worth almost $450 billion on Sunday, the legislation, which “includes annual foreign aid packages,” will go to President Barack Obama, Agence France-Presse reports. Obama is expected to sign the legislation (12/13).
McClatchy published a three-part series examining the “population boom” in Africa. Summaries appear below. One article looks at the relationship between Africa’s rising population and poverty. “Although it’s frequently portrayed as a continent decimated by epidemics, starvation and war, Africa is gripped by one of the greatest population explosions ever…
Lancet Comment Examines Connection Between Climate Change, Health A Lancet Comment examines the connection between climate change and human health and highlights the role health professionals can play in dealing with the future effects of climate change. “The only heartening aspect of this bleak terrain is the gathering awareness that…
The House on Thursday “took a major step toward wrapping up the FY10 appropriations process when it approved, 221-202, a nearly $450 billion spending package that includes six of the seven annual appropriations bills Congress has yet to enact,” CongressDaily reports. The package includes the $48.7 billion State and Foreign Operations bill. “All Republicans, as well as 28 Democrats, opposed the bill,” according to CongressDaily (Sanchez, 12/10).