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UNAIDS, PEPFAR Announce Campaign To Eliminate MTCT Of HIV By 2015

A team led by UNAIDS and PEPFAR on Thursday at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS announced a plan to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 by “ensur[ing] that all women, especially pregnant ones, have access to quality life-saving HIV prevention and treatment services – for themselves and their children,” BBC News reports (6/10).

VOA News Examines U.N. Women In Series Of Articles

VOA News has published a five-part series examining U.N. Women. The agency’s “success depends on availability of resources and financial support. Member states have agreed to provide the new entity with an initial minimum budget of at least $500 million a year,” the news service writes (Wuhib, 6/8).

Ban Calls For Global Unity To End AIDS By 2020 At U.N. Meeting Opening

In his opening address at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS on Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “told presidents, ministers and diplomats from across the globe that if all partners involved in the fight unite ‘as never before,'” the goal of “zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS-related deaths” can be achieved, the Associated Press/Kansas City Star reports (Lederer, 6/8).

South African Researchers Examine Cash Incentive HIV Prevention Program

In South Africa, where 17 percent of the world’s HIV-positive population lives, researchers from the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in Durban are examining whether providing cash payments as a reward for good grades and undergoing annual HIV testing, along with teaching life skills, might help change young men’s and women’s risky sexual behavior, Nature News reports.

More Wealthy Families In India Choosing To Abort Female Fetuses, Study Shows

India’s 2011 census data show that “wealthier, better-educated families … are choosing more and more often to abort pregnancies if the child is female,” despite fetal sex determination and sex-selective abortion being illegal in the country, according to a study conducted by Canadian and Indian researchers and published on Tuesday in the Lancet, National Journal reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Reflections On HIV/AIDS From NIAID Director: On Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. ET, NIH will webcast live a presentation by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), titled “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: A Personal Journey.” June 5, 2011, marks 30 years since the first cases of…