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NPR Examines Implications Of WHO’s New HIV Treatment Guidelines On South Africa

Noting the WHO this month “issued revised guidelines saying that people with HIV should be put on antiviral drugs far earlier than was previously recommended …, a move that could have huge implications for African nations where millions of people are infected with HIV,” NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition”…

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WHO Names Drugs For ‘Neglected’ Diseases To Essential Medicines List

“A 10-year-old program to develop drugs for ‘neglected’ diseases scored an important victory this month when three of its medicines were named essential drugs by the [WHO],” the New York Times reports. “The medicines that made the list are for three lethal insect-borne diseases: malaria, Chagas and sleeping sickness,” the…

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Editorials, Opinion Piece Address U.N. Secretary General’s Response To U.S. Lawmakers’ Letter About Haiti Cholera Epidemic

Last week, U.N. Secretery-General Ban Ki-moon responded to a letter from 19 members of Congress — in which they urged the U.N. to pay compensation for a cholera outbreak in Haiti — outlining measures the body has taken and supported in the country so far. The following is a summary…

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New U.N. Framework On HIV/AIDS Treatment Seeks To Give 15M People Access To ART By 2015

“The United Nations [on Saturday] launched a new framework which seeks to give 15 million people with HIV/AIDS access to antiretroviral treatment by the year 2015,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The framework [.pdf], titled Treatment 2015, offers countries and partners practical and innovative ways to increase the number of…

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New U.N. Women Head, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Discusses Her New Role

“Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former South African deputy president, has been appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the head of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as U.N. Women,” and she discusses her new role in an interview with Al Jazeera. Mlambo-Ngcuka says…

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UNAIDS Head Expresses Concern Over HIV Infections Among Couples In Africa

Speaking “on the sidelines of a media forum” in Abidjan on Thursday, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé expressed concern over the number of new HIV infections among people in stable relationships in Africa, as well as among young women in some parts of the continent, Xinhua reports. “What is really…

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World Population Day 2013 Highlights Importance Of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

“With 16 million girls under 18 giving birth and 3.2 million of these teens experiencing unsafe abortions each year, the U.N. has focused the theme of 2013’s World Population Day on teenage pregnancy, highlighting the important role that teen girls play in positively impacting future generations and underscoring the importance…

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News-Medical.Net Interviews UNICEF’s Chief Of Immunization

News-Medical.Net interviews Jos Vandelaer, UNICEF’s chief of immunization, about immunization programs in developing countries. According to the interview transcript, Vandelaer reflects on the current state of immunization around the world, noting “worldwide, immunization programs reach around 83 percent of all children”; outlines “UNICEF’s role in new vaccine introductions in developing…

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E.U. To Increase Humanitarian Aid To CAR

“The European Union is to increase its aid to Central African Republic [CAR] to tackle a humanitarian crisis gripping the impoverished nation since rebels seized power in March,” Reuters reports. “Kristalina Georgieva, the E.U. commissioner responsible for international cooperation and humanitarian aid, said on Thursday Europe would provide an additional…

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GlobalPost Interviews WHO Technical Lead On MERS

“To put [the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus] in perspective and to understand what’s happening and what could happen next, GlobalPost spoke with Dr. Anthony Mounts, WHO’s technical lead on the coronavirus,” the news service reports. Mounts discusses why the agency established an emergency committee to examine MERS, how…

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