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Global Fund Withdrawal From Romania Negatively Impacting HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Reflecting on a visit to Bucharest last week in an effort “to understand the origin of the recent outbreak of HIV among people who use drugs in the city,” Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, writes in the Huffington Post U.K.’s…

U.K.-Supported Initiative In Sierra Leone Aims To Reduce Maternal Mortality

The Guardian examines Evidence 4 Action (E4A), an initiative recently launched in Sierra Leone with support from the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) that aims “to empower local communities to force health care up the political agenda by giving them the evidence they need to fuel arguments for higher…

U.K. Should ‘Seize The Moment’ And Increase Donation To Global Fund

British Secretary of State for Development Justine Greening, along with Prime Minister David Cameron, “faces one of the most important decisions she will make as secretary of state: how much to allocate to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” Adrian Lovett, Europe director of ONE, writes in…

ScienceInsider Reports On Dutch Court Case Involving Sensitive Bird Flu Research

ScienceInsider reports on a “legal battle between Ron Fouchier and the Dutch government over the publication of controversial research on the H5N1 avian influenza virus.” According to the news service, “On Friday, Fouchier’s employer, Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, formally appealed a ruling by a Dutch court that the government was…

Spain Reports First Case Of MERS Virus

“Spain’s Health Ministry says the country has its first case of the new respiratory virus known as MERS and the female victim is believed to have contracted the virus in Saudi Arabia,” the Associated Press reports. “A ministry statement says the Moroccan-born Spanish resident was admitted Nov. 1 to a…

WHO Retracts Claims That ‘About Half’ Of Greek HIV Infections Are Self-inflicted

The WHO has “retract[ed] claims that crisis-hit Greeks are intentionally injecting themselves with [HIV] to collect state benefits almost two months after the shocking allegation was revealed in a report [.pdf] that triggered global media coverage,” The Guardian reports (Smith, 11/26). “The startling claim was contained in a single sentence…

Iceland Announces Male-Only U.N. Conference On Women, Gender Equality

Associated Press: Iceland announces men-only U.N. meeting on women “Iceland is announcing a U.N. conference on women and gender equality — and only men and boys are invited. The country’s foreign affairs minister told the U.N. General Assembly of world leaders on Monday that the January ‘barbershop’ conference will be…

Austria Reports First MERS Case In Saudi National, According To Media Report

Reuters: Austria reports first MERS case in Saudi national: media “Austria has reported its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a woman from Saudi Arabia who had recently traveled to the Alpine country, ORF Oe 1 radio reported on Tuesday, citing the health ministry…” (Nasralla,…