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Protesters Ask U.S. To Boost Funding For Global Fund, HIV/AIDS Programs In Africa

Thousands of protesters in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday “demand[ed] the U.S. increase its AIDS funding for Africa,” the Associated Press reports (Naki, 6/17). The protesters delivered a letter to the consulate saying the U.S. is “cutting funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” which health advocates believe could lead “other countries to follow suit and reduce funding for the fight against HIV,” Agence France-Presse writes (6/17). The protests were organized by the Treatment Action Campaign and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) together with a range of civil society organizations, Mail & Guardian reports.

UNDP Releases 8-Pronged Strategy To Help Developing Countries Meet MDGs

The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday released a report (.pdf) outlining “an eight-pronged strategy it hopes can help poor nations advance sustainable development, considerably reduce poverty and essentially drive the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the next five years,” BusinessDay reports (Nwachukwu, 6/18).

Obama Administration Names Eight ‘GHI Plus’ Countries

“The Obama administration has selected eight countries to serve as learning labs for a new global health strategy aimed in part at reducing maternal and child deaths and combatting preventable diseases,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The move is among the first steps in the administration’s” roll-out of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and “comes amid mounting concerns about how much support President Barack Obama will win from Congress for a proposed 9% increase in global health spending for fiscal 2011,” the newspaper reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Women’s Rights Essential To Improving Maternal Mortality The U.N.’s plan to improve maternal health is lacking “the one element that will make it work. Human rights,” according to blog post on Huffington Post. “Medical causes of maternal death – hemorrhage, sepsis, hypertension, unsafe abortion, HIV and AIDS – are inextricably linked…

Experts Discuss G8 Aid Commitments

Economist Jeffrey Sachs said Wednesday that the G8 could endanger its credibility if leaders fail to fulfill several “broken multi-billion-dollar pledges” aimed at helping the developing world, Canwest News Service/Vancouver Sun reports.

Financial Times Examines How GAVI’s $2.6B Shortfall Might Affect New Vaccine Programs In Developing Countries

GAVI Alliance’s plan to introduce new vaccine projects in the developing world “is under threat amid the international economic downturn,” the Financial Times reports. “Subsidies to extend the use of vaccines against rubella, HPV to tackle cervical cancer, cholera and Japanese encephalitis in the developing world are among those likely to be cancelled or delayed, the head of the U.N.-backed” Alliance’s CEO Julian Lob-Levyt said, the newspaper writes.

Opinions: Maintain Fight Against HIV/AIDS; Ending MTCT of HIV; Impact Of U.S. Health Reform On Foreign-Trained Physicians

U.N. Secretary-General Calls For International Community To ‘Rally Around’ Next Generation Of HIV Treatment, Increase Support For Countries In Need Following a recent trip to the largest HIV/AIDS clinic in Uganda, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reflects on the recent progress made in the fight against the disease in a McClatchy opinion…