Senator Richard Lugar, the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a paperÂ (.pdf), which “sharply criticized Haiti’s president Thursday, portraying him as an ineffectual leader who is hindering recovery from January’s devastating earthquake,” the Canadian Press reports. Lugar “advised U.S. legislators to reconsider sending money to Haiti if…
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During the closing ceremonies of the International AIDS Confernce-AIDS 2010, President Barack Obama “on Friday pledged to redouble efforts to fight HIV and AIDS through his Global Health Initiative, despite dealing with economic hard times in the wake of a global recession,” Reuters reports. According to the news service, “Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said their focus was on a broad, sustainable and effective approach to the global epidemic” (Kelland, 7/23).
Ahead of the final day of the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 on Friday, a New York Times analysis piece reports that growing concerns over funding for HIV/AIDS have dominated the focus of the conference. According to the newspaper, this has affected “organizers’ efforts to get publicity for the Vienna Declaration, which calls for drug users to be spared arrest and offered clean needles, methadone and treatment if they have AIDS.”
During her trip to Vietnam, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “engaged in health diplomacy by visiting the Ngoc Lam Pagoda orphanage for AIDS-affected children,” Foreign Policy’s blog “Madam Secretary” reports.
Editor’s note: Excerpts from journals, press releases and blogs focusing on the AIDS conference in Vienna appear below. Other notable global health items will be included in next week’s comprehensive edition of Recent Releases. Blog: HIV/AIDS Community Needs Cooperation In response to criticism from advocates at AIDS 2010 that the…
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).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Vietnam on Thursday to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional forum and to mark the 15th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, VOV News reports. According to the news service, this is Clinton’s first visit to the country since she became secretary of state. During her trip, she will have meetings with Deputy Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem (7/22).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “used part of her address to a key conference in Kabul on Tuesday to defend Afghan women concerned that peace efforts with the Taliban could jeopardise their rights,” Agence France-Presse reports.
A gel containing Gilead’s HIV drug tenofovir has been shown to “reduce HIV infections in women,” according to a study unveiled at the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010, Reuters reports (7/19).
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Kenya To Benefit From Deal To Cut Malaria Drug Prices In Half Business Daily reports that “Kenyans are set to benefit from a major deal that is likely to cut prices of malaria drugs by more than half, easing the pressure on family medical costs.” The deal involves the Global…