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AIDS 2010 Media Analysis

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.”

Also In Global Health News: Unconventional Approach To Development; Ending Sahel Food Shortages; Anti-TB Drugs In India; Brazilian Foreign Aid

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 … the conventional approach to development in poor countries.” Rather than count on aid dollars, Romer “is peddling a radical vision: that dysfunctional nations can…

Opinions: Haitian Rebuilding; Nuclear State Vaccine Initiatives; HIV Rights Abuses In China; HIV Vaccine

Post-Earthquake Recovery In Haiti ‘Stalled’ The “paltry scale of the Pentagon’s reconstruction endeavor [in Haiti] — 1.6 million people displaced and the American military is contributing a few classrooms? — is emblematic of the international response,” columnist Dana Milbank writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. “Only 2 percent of promised reconstruction…

Discovery Of Antibodies That Kill More Than 90% Of HIV Viruses Gives New Hope For Vaccine

“An effective vaccine against the AIDS virus may have moved one step closer to reality, researchers said Thursday,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Federal researchers have identified a pair of naturally occurring antibodies that are able to kill more than 90% of all strains of the AIDS virus, a finding they say could lead to the development of new treatments for HIV infections and to the production of the first successful vaccine against the virus” (Maugh, 7/9).