HIV Research Funding: President and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Seth Berkley writes in a post on The Hill’s “Congress Blog”:Â “U.S. government support for research into HIV preventionÂ â€“ most notably an AIDS vaccineÂ â€“ has been crucial to seeding what scientists are calling a prevention revolution. Without it, we…
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A U.N. Conference on Trade and Development report issued last week suggested “[l]ocal production of pharmaceuticals in some poor African and Asian countries, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, and Bangladesh, has the potential to improve access to essential drugs for many of the one billion people who live in the world’s least developed countries,” BMJ News writes.
IRIN/PlusNews reports that hundreds of Kenyan HIV/AIDS advocates took to the streets of Nairobi on Wednesday “to demand that the government meet its commitment to increase annual health and HIV funding.”
Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.), and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) write in a Huffington Post opinion piece that the “increasing gravity of the situation” of internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Haiti “requires an urgent response. This is why we and 50 other members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking the U.S. administration to ‘take decisive action’ and ‘work with the incoming government of Haiti and the international community to ensure that the rights and vital needs of IDP communities are addressed in a timely and efficient manner. … In short, an already intolerable situation is about to get worse. Swift, efficient action is needed if we are to avoid another full-fledged humanitarian crisis” (5/17).
“[F]inally, we’re getting some reliable data suggesting how to” help people in developing countries because of economists, who “provide answers that are rigorously field-tested, akin to the way drugs are tested in randomized controlled trials, yielding results that are particularly credible and persuasive,” Nicholas Kristof writes in his New York…
A reproductive health bill introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives in the Philippines “would require the government to provide information on family planning methods, make contraceptives available free of charge and introduce reproductive health and sexuality classes in schools,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports, noting the scope of controversy surrounding this issue.
At a World Bank panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on homophobia in developing countries, LGBT advocates from Africa expressed concern that if multilateral development organizations cut aid to Uganda in protest of attempts to make homosexual acts crimes punishable by death, the human rights situation for them could worsen, the Washington Blade reports.
“In the Apac region of Uganda, the United States focused on two conflicting agendas: developing organic farming and eradicating malaria, ultimately affecting the livelihoods of tens of thousands of farmers. … Now Uganda’s constitutional court is expected to hear a case brought by a Ugandan environmental organization against the government that asserts that officials failed to meet W.H.O. standards for using DDT, including failure to properly prepare the local population,” the New York Times writes in a story looking at the challenges associated with the use of DDT for malaria control in Uganda.
Ahead of next week’s G8 summit in Deauville, France, “parliamentarians from 35 countries have issued a strong call for leaders of the world’s major economies to focus on the role of women and girls in development,” Inter Press Service reports.
AIDS Mortality In China Drops By Nearly Two Thirds Since 2002 When Country Began Free Treatment Program
China’s HIV/AIDS-related mortality has dropped from 39.3 per 100 person-years in 2002 to 14.2 in 2009, or 64 percent, since the nation began providing free antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2002, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and published online Wednesday in Lancet Infectious Diseases, the New York Times reports (McNeil, 5/18).