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Improving Health Systems Must Go Hand-In-Hand With Increased HIV Treatment Access

Noting price reductions for HIV treatments over the past decade have helped increase access for millions of patients in Africa, Jeffrey Misomali, an Aspen New Voices fellow, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Aspen Institute” blog, “However, these new patients used HIV treatment and care services within an ailing health system…

Bono Compliments U.S. For Leadership In AIDS Response

Appearing on Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” musician and anti-poverty activist Bono discussed the AIDS response, saying, “The AIDS stuff — the United States is so far out in front. … 10 million people owe their lives to the U.S., left and right. George Bush started it. President Obama is…

AVAC Analysis Examines AIDS ‘Tipping Point’ In Hard-Hit Countries

Although “[a]bout a dozen countries hit hard by AIDS have reached a ‘tipping point’ that means they are winning their battles against the disease … the world as a whole — and Africa in particular — is still losing the fight,” according to a new analysis (.pdf) from AVAC, the…

Other Countries Can Learn From Colombia’s Success In Eliminating River Blindness

Alba Lucia Morales Castro, health education adviser with the Carter Center’s Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA), writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog about how “Colombia recently became the first country in the Americas to wipe out onchocerciasis (river blindness) and the first in the world…

Youth Need To Be Involved With, Targeted In HIV Prevention, Care Activities

In a CNN opinion piece, published as part of a series on innovation in development in conjunction with the Skoll World Forum, Alicia Keys, Grammy award-winning musician and co-founder and global ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, and Cristina Jade Peña, a graduate student at University of California, Berkeley, and…

Awareness Campaign Working To Reduce HIV/AIDS Stigma In Somalia

Al Jazeera examines the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in Somalia and how an “aggressive awareness campaign” is helping people living with the disease seek treatment. The South Central Relief Network (SCRN), which launched the campaign, operates an HIV/AIDS clinic in Mogadishu’s Banadir Hospital and currently “provides free treatment to 132 patients…

IPS Examines Spread Of Fraudulent Medicine In Pacific Island Nations

“Reports of fraudulent medicines in the southwest Pacific island states of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have drawn attention to the need for more public awareness of the lethal trade and its tragic consequences,” Inter Press Service reports. “The extent of fraudulent pharmaceuticals in the Melanesian islands is unknown,…

To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation, Expand Access To Proven Interventions

“Through the combined efforts of many, and with incredible support from [PEPFAR], U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was recently able to announce that since PEPFAR began 10 years ago, one million babies born to HIV-positive mothers are free of the disease,” Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpiego, writes…

Global Fund Releases New Results Data Showing Significant Gains

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced new results [on Friday] that show significant gains in the treatment of people living with HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus,” the Global Fund reports in a press release. “The results show that 5.3 million…