UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership joined together on Thursday at the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria, with the goal of preventing 200,000 deaths annually from HIV and tuberculosis co-infection, Agence France-Presse reports. TB is the number one killer of people living with HIV/AIDS (Ingham, 7/22).
The following webcasts are now available at http://globalhealth.kff.org/AIDS2010. Thursday â€“ http://globalhealth.kff.org/AIDS2010.aspx#July22 Thursday Plenary Regional Session on Europe and Central Asia Know Your Epidemic, Know Your Response: MSM and Their Needs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries No More People Living with HIV Dying from TB Putting HIV Testing to the Test:…
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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…
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Amnesty International Report Describes North Korea’s ‘Desperate Picture of Health’ A new report by Amnesty International paints a “desperate picture of the health of North Korea’s population,” the GuardianÂ reports. Amnesty International describes “a country of stunted children, where the hungry eat poisonous plants and pigfeed … amputations are conducted without…
“Six months to the day since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake leveled 60% of [Port-Au-Prince's] buildings and killed 230,000 people, there are few visible signs of improvement,” USA Today reports. “Frustration is high among Haitians and aid groups who say they see halting and haphazard progress toward recovery. The Haitian government â€“ responsible for the cleanup but still reeling after the loss of most of its buildings and many of its workers â€“ and the aid groups blame each other for the lack of progress,” according to the newspaper.
AOL News examines health officials’ concerns about the world-wide spread of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, focusing on the U.S. and Mexico.
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) now has the rights to “develop a class of potential anti-TB compounds” that may also treat Chagas disease, African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis, Reuters reports.
The FDA’s new rare disease review group will hold its first public hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss how to expand efforts to develop treatments for rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people, Reuters. “The new rare disease review group is part of a broadened effort to encourage companies to spend more money on the more than 6,000 rare diseases identified,” Reuters writes, adding that the FDA “already offer[s] companies grants and guaranties seven years of market exclusivity for drugs that treat rare diseases.”
Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago â€¦ now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”
Lancet Infectious Diseases Editorial Reflects On Need To Integrate HIV/AIDS, TB Prevention, Treatment Services Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, held July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria, a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial notes, “While there has been welcome progress in making ART available, HIV/AIDS raises other challenges that we are only…