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Indonesia To Issue Compulsory Licenses For HIV, Hepatitis B Drugs Still Under Patent

“The Indonesian government hopes to implement one of the largest ever examples of ‘compulsory licensing,’ which will enable the generic manufacture of drugs still under patent,” IRIN reports. “Under the World Trade Organization’s Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), countries can override patents for public health purposes by…

Religion, Religious Leaders Have Been Central To Health, Development Improvements In Africa

“After decades of doom-and-gloom news about AIDS in Africa, optimism is finally in the air,” Jenny Trinitapoli, an assistant professor of sociology, demography, and religious studies at Penn State University, and Alexander Weinreb, an associate professor in the department of sociology and a research associate at the Population Research Center…

Awareness Campaign Working To Reduce HIV/AIDS Stigma In Somalia

Al Jazeera examines the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in Somalia and how an “aggressive awareness campaign” is helping people living with the disease seek treatment. The South Central Relief Network (SCRN), which launched the campaign, operates an HIV/AIDS clinic in Mogadishu’s Banadir Hospital and currently “provides free treatment to 132 patients…

Open Society Foundations Releases Briefings On Findings From HIV, Law Commission

The Open Society Foundations this week released several briefing papers highlighting findings by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in its reportĀ ‘HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights, and Health.’ Issues covered include women living with HIV, transgender people, sex workers, people who use drugs, people living with HIV,…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 26 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue focuses on recent commitments by the U.S. and U.K., highlights a UNAIDS report showing a decrease in the number of new HIV infections, and discusses how Bangladesh…

Senate Could Act On PEPFAR Bill Despite U.S. Government Shutdown

“While much of the work in this shuttered capital has ground to a halt, the Senate is still open for business, and that means that the body could act on S 1545, the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Bill of 2013, as early as this coming Monday,” the Center for Global…

Improving Health Systems Must Go Hand-In-Hand With Increased HIV Treatment Access

Noting price reductions for HIV treatments over the past decade have helped increase access for millions of patients in Africa, Jeffrey Misomali, an Aspen New Voices fellow, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Aspen Institute” blog, “However, these new patients used HIV treatment and care services within an ailing health system…

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…

Blog Reports On Pending Departure Of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on the pending departure of Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, noting “his departure date is set for as early as October 26.” The blog states,…