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Blog Examines South African Report On HIV/AIDS Prevalence

John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes in his “Africa in Transition” blog about the recently released report from South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on HIV/AIDS in the country. “…The good news: over the past 10 years, mother-to-child…

Political Commitment, Global Support Can Bring NTD Treatments To Those In Need

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Richard Hatzfeld, communications director at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, discusses a Kenyan family affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and “captured in a short video from END7, a campaign of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases.”…

GSK To Add Antiretroviral Drug To Medicines Patent Pool

Reuters: GSK’s ViiV unit adds new HIV drug to AIDS patent pool “GlaxoSmithKline’s AIDS drugs business is to add one of its latest HIV medicines to a patent pool — cutting its future price for developing countries and pooling intellectual property rights. ViiV Healthcare, which is majority owned by the…

South Africa’s National HIV Prevalence Increasing, Report Shows

News outlets highlight a new report (.pdf) showing South Africa’s HIV prevalence is rising. Health-e News: South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence & Behavior Survey, 2012 “The latest national HIV survey in South Africa finds increases in HIV prevalence, decreases in condom use and earlier sexual debut for boys among…

Grand Challenges Exploration Seeks New Tools, Models For Improving Gut Function

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Richard Elliot, a senior program officer on the Discovery and Translational Sciences team at the foundation, discusses the foundation’s Grand Challenges Exploration (GCE) Round 12 call for proposals on “ideas about tools and models to enable us to better develop…

Public Private Partnerships Can Help Create AIDS-Free Generation

Huffington Post: An AIDS-Free Generation Rhonda Zygocki, executive vice president of policy and planning at Chevron Corporation “…[E]nding HIV transmission from mother to child remains one of the most achievable ways to realize an AIDS-free generation — with the potential to bring about an end to new infections, keep mothers…

‘Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied’ For Reproductive Health Care Rights

The Guardian: Reproductive rights and wrongs: how discrimination blights maternity care Mónica Arango, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights “More than 4,000 Brazilian women die each year from complications with their pregnancy. Maternal mortality remains the leading cause of death among women…

Blog Examines Several Recent Reports On HIV/AIDS, Drug Policy, U.S. Budget

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes several items released recently, including the Treatment Action Group’s “TAGline” publication examining research and policy on HIV/AIDS; Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) FY 2015 budget resolution; a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy titled, “The Negative Impact of the…