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U.N., Governments Taking Action To Curb Violence Against Women

Noting that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month told the U.N. Security Council “that sexual violence occurred wherever conflicts raged, ‘devastating survivors and destroying the social fabric of whole communities,'” Inter Press Service reports “the United Nations is unleashing an army of Women Protection Advisers (WPAs) to specifically curb sexual…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Highlights UNAIDS ‘Treatment 2015′ Document

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights a document (.pdf) released by UNAIDS on Saturday, titled “Treatment 2015,” which “gathers strategies based on clinical research, mathematical modeling and on-the-ground outcomes to lay out a framework for expanded [HIV/AIDS] treatment coverage, a critical step, authors say, on a…

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”…

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…

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…

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…

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…