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Media Outlets Continue To Follow Major HIV/AIDS Developments This Week

Media outlets continued to track the major developments in HIV/AIDS this week, including: prevention research using an antiretroviral; new UNAIDS estimates of HIV/AIDS around the world; and Pope Benedict XVI’s stance on condoms for HIV prevention.

UNAIDS Report Finds New HIV Infections Dropped By 20% Over 10 Years, Deaths From AIDS-Related Illness Dropped By 20% Over 5 Years

The number of new HIV infections “has dropped by about one-fifth over the past decade but millions of people are still missing out on major progress in prevention and treatment,” according to the annual UNAIDS report released Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports. “In 2009, 2.6 million people contracted the HIV virus that causes AIDS, a decline of 19 percent over the 3.1 million recorded in” 1999 the report found, according to the news service (11/23).

Report Documents Increase In R&D Projects On Developing World Diseases

“Drugmakers are now working on over 100 R&D projects designed to tackle diseases of the developing world and almost 80% of them are being carried out with non-industry partners,” according to a report (.pdf) released on Wednesday by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), Pharma Times reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Developing World Access To Medication: “Access to life-saving, essential medicines must be improved,” Josh Ruxin, founder and director of the Access Project and director of Rwanda Works, writes in a Forbes’ “Science Business” blog. After looking at the debate over whether the free market can help improve access and examining programs,…

Lancet Series Focuses On Chronic Diseases, Development

“Just a small percentage of low- and middle-income countries’ healthcare budgets are allocated toward the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases even though such illnesses are expected to account for 69% of global deaths by 2030,” according to a paper published Wednesday in the Lancet, as part of a series on chronic disease and development, ModernHealthcare.com reports.

Also In Global Health News: Rice Research Initiative; Kala Azar In Sudan; R&D In Developing Countries; Indian Measles Vaccination Campaign

Global Rice Research Initiative Launched At International Rice Congress “The world’s leading rice research institutions are joining forces to improve rice yields and breed improved varieties … to help to secure future affordable food supplies for the world’s poorest people,” Nature News writes in an article that examines the “$600…

Pres. Obama Discusses U.S.-Indonesia Partnership That Includes Improving Health, Science

During a stop in Indonesia on Tuesday as part of his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour, President Barack Obama together with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a U.S.-Indonesia partnership that “will encompass a variety of key issues such as science, technology, health and trade. A special emphasis was placed on education and climate change,” United Press International reports (Lasagni, 11/9).