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Investigational Vaccine Shows Modest Potential For Protecting Against HIV Infection

For the first time, scientists say an investigational vaccine has modest potential for protecting people against HIV infection, the Associated Press reports. “The vaccine — a combination of two previously unsuccessful vaccines — cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by … 31 percent in the world’s largest [HIV] vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand, researchers announced Thursday in Bangkok,” the news service writes (Marchione/Casey, 9/24).

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Obama Addresses U.N. General Assembly, Calls For ‘New Era Of Engagement’

In his first U.N. General Assembly address, President Obama on Wednesday “called for ‘a new era of engagement’ … with the world, pledging to work together with other countries while defending the interests of the United States,” Reuters reports (9/23). The Associated Press reports that Obama “believes there are four pillars necessary to ensure that future — nuclear disarmament, the promotion of peace and security, preservation of the planet, and a global economy that offers opportunity for all people. Obama says those pillars must be ‘the guiding principle of international cooperation’” (9/23).

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UNAIDS, NGOs Partner To Eliminate Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV In Africa

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe in New York on Monday signed a partnership agreement with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) pledging to work towards eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa, Agence France-Presse reports. Presidents Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda attended the signing ceremony.

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British Prime Minister To Unveil $1B Effort To Improve Health Systems In Developing Countries

During the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday is scheduled to announce that Britain is teaming up with Norway, the Netherlands and Australia to invest $1 billion to strengthen the health systems in developing countries, the Financial Times/NineMSN reports.

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Chan Calls For Additional H1N1 Vaccines For Poor Countries During WHO Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

During the WHO Asia-Pacific regional meeting Monday, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan discussed the organization’s efforts to ensure that poor nations have access to H1N1 vaccines, VOA News reports (Bayron, 9/21). ABC Radio Australia reports Chan is seeking “three billion doses of swine flu vaccine to be made available worldwide, especially in developing countries where it still poses a serious risk” (9/22).

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African Leaders To Form Alliance To Eliminate Malaria Deaths

African leaders, who are scheduled to meet in New York on Wednesday, are expected to launch an effort – the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) – to eliminate all malaria deaths on the continent by 2015, the Daily Independent/allAfrica.com reports.

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IRIN Examines HIV/AIDS Advocates’ Reaction To U.N. Agency For Women

IRIN examines how a recent resolution to create an agency to promote women’s “rights and wellbeing” by the U.N. General Assembly is being welcomed by international HIV/AIDS advocates.

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U.N. Report Calls For $1.48B To Help Developing Nations Cope With H1N1

The U.N. this week will request that wealthy nations and development banks donate $1.48 billion to the help developing countries fight H1N1 (swine flu), Bloomberg reports.

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Millions More In Horn Of Africa Could Face Food Shortages This Year, FAO Says

Millions of additional people in the Horn of Africa could face food shortages this year because of poor harvests from a lack of rain, worsening conflicts and the El Nino climatic effect, the U.N. Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) said on Monday, Reuters reports.

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Recent Releases: Climate Change, Health; ITNs; Mexico H1N1; Policy Tracker; TB Treatment; Blogs

Lancet Editorial, Comment Address Climate Change, Health In addition to the Lancet’s recent publication of an opinion piece and letter by 18 doctor association leaders about the potential health risks associated with climate change, the journal includes an editorial about sexual and reproductive health and climate change and a comment…

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