The six-day International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 kicked off Sunday in Vienna, Austria “amid resurgent fears that advances in the 29-year war against the disease were threatened by a slump in funding,” Agence France-Presse reports.
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday announced several new development- and health-related aid projects for Pakistan worth more than $500 million, Reuters reports (Quinn, 7/19).
Most Countries Have Not Delivered Haiti Aid Commitments; Sen. Corker Visits Haiti To Observe Recovery
Six months after the Haitian earthquake, $506 million of the $5.3 billion pledged at a donors conference in March has been disbursed to Haiti, according to Jehane Sedky of the U.N. Development Program, CNN reports in a story investigating the aid commitments.
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Atlantic Profiles Economist With Unconventional Approach To Development The Atlantic features a profile of Paul Romer, a Stanford economist, who is “bent on cutting down â€¦ the conventional approach to development in poor countries.” Rather than count on aid dollars, Romer “is peddling a radical vision: that dysfunctional nations can…
“Having HIV appears to be associated with a greater risk of death, even when the immune system is relatively robust and patients have not started treatment,” according to a study published Friday in the Lancet, MedPage Today reports (Smith, 7/15).
Science Communication Can Promote Development “Helping developing countries communicate and use science is essential to international aid and diplomacy. The biggest single factor limiting developing countries’ potential for achieving sustainable economic growthÂ â€“ or even attaining the Millennium Development GoalsÂ â€“ is their ability to access and apply the fruits of modern…
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “urged governments and health advocates Tuesday to ‘get more out of every dollar’ in the fight against AIDS, saying the global economic downturn has hit funding for the disease,” Agence France-Presse reports.
“Early treatment for HIV cuts patients’ risk of death by about 75 percent,” according to a study conducted in Haiti and published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The study also demonstrated that “early antiretroviral treatment reduces the likelihood of tuberculosis, a leading cause of death among HIV patients, by 50 percent,” the news service writes (Aquino, 7/14).
WHO Releases Guidelines For Countries On How To Attract, Retain Doctors, Health Care Workers To Rural Areas
BMJ News reports on the WHO’s recent release of a set of recommendations for countries on how to attract and retain doctors and other health care workers in rural areas (Zarocostas, 7/14).
Blog: Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby Speaks About UgandaÂ HIV TreatmentÂ As part of a series in advance of AIDS 2010, theÂ “Science Speaks”Â blog features an interview with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “about his expectations for the conference, what was behind the Uganda problem with shortages of AIDS medicine, and whether…