This year “India has reported the lowest number of polio cases in [the] January-June period … in a decade,” PTI/ZeeTV reports. Twenty-four cases were detected between January and June this year, compared to 151 in the corresponding 2009 period, and 317 in January-June 2008 (7/29).
Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, set for July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria, Reuters features an interview with Gottfried Hirnschall, the WHO’s director of HIV/AIDS, who speaks of the need for current funds for the global HIV/AIDS programs to be used more efficiently to achieve universal access to treatment for all HIV/AIDS patients.
“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).
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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 â€¦ the conventional approach to development in poor countries.” Rather than count on aid dollars, Romer “is peddling a radical vision: that dysfunctional nations can…
The six-day International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 kicked off Sunday in Vienna, Austria “amid resurgent fears that advances in the 29-year war against the disease were threatened by a slump in funding,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “urged governments and health advocates Tuesday to ‘get more out of every dollar’ in the fight against AIDS, saying the global economic downturn has hit funding for the disease,” Agence France-Presse reports.
The WHO’s recent prequalification approval of a low-cost meningitis vaccine could “help prevent epidemics in Africa for the first time, revolutionizing how doctors fight outbreaks of the deadly disease,” the Associated Press reports.
Opinions: AIDS Vaccine And Cure; China’s Role In The Global Fund; Child Marriage Prevention Act; Gorbachev On Safe Water
AIDS Vaccine, Cure Important Long-Term Solutions A Globe and Mail editorial discusses the importance of “the quest for an AIDS vaccine and the search for a cure,” stating that “it is simply not possible to ‘treat’ our way out of this disease.” The authors write thatÂ “for every person who receives…
Regional Director Of WHO Africa Warns Of Impact Global Financial Situation Will Have On Health Systems, MDGs
Regional Director of WHO for Africa Luis Sambo discussed during the 60th session of the Africa Committee of the WHO how the global economic situation could impact funding for health programs in Africa and the ability for countries to reach U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports.
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Congolese Community Leaders Warned U.N. About Security; 240 RapeÂ Victims Now Identified “Congolese community leaders say they begged local U.N. officials and army commanders to protect villagers days before rebels gang-raped scores of people, from a month-old baby boy to a 110-year-old great-great-grandmother,” the Associated Press reports. The Walikale Civil Association…