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First Global Symposium On Health Systems Research Kicks Off In Switzerland

The First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research bringing together researchers, policymakers and donors kicked off in Montreux, Switzerland, on Tuesday, with conference attendees calling for African leaders to do more to promote health progress in their countries, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports.

IPS Explores What Efforts To Reduce U.S. Federal Deficit Could Mean For Global Health Funding

Inter Press Service explores some advocates’ concerns over how the “new emphasis in Washington on reducing government spending” could affect U.S. funding for global health programs, including HIV/AIDS. Come January, “Republicans will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives and have made it clear that reducing government spending in order to close the government’s budget deficit will be a top priority,” the news service writes.

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).

Also In Global Health News: U.S. Rice Exports To Haiti; Somali Ambulance Workers; HIV In Kenya; Gates Foundation Global Health Work; U.N.’s Congo Mission; U.S. Involvement In Unethical Medical Research

U.S. Should Stop Subsidizing Rice Exports To Haiti, Oxfam Says In a new report, aid agency Oxfam “has called on the United States to stop subsidising American rice exports to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, because it says the policy undermines local production of food,” BBC reports.…

Opinions: Canada’s Role In Global Health; Drug Licensing Agreements Promote Drug Access; Funding For USAID, State; Haiti

Canada Must Lead To Ensure Robust Efforts In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria After outlining the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, the organization’s executive director, highlights the role Canada can play in determining “whether the world can overcome AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria”…

Foreign Policy Examines GHI, PEPFAR

Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago … now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”

G8 Leaders To Discuss Economic Policy, Developing World, Maternal And Child Health, Haitian Rebuilding

Ahead of the G8 summit, which begins Friday in Canada, “leaders engaged in a series of dueling letters and interviews that exposed their conflicts” in how to foster global economic recovery, the Associated Press reports. The G8 – comprised of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States – are also set to “discuss proposals to increase support for maternal and child health care in poor nations” and meet with leaders from seven African countries.

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