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Women’s Rights Linked With AIDS Epidemic In Africa

In a post in the Open Society Foundations blog, Tamar Ezer, a senior program officer in the law and health initiative of the group’s public health program, examines the relationship between women’s rights and AIDS in Africa, writing, “Women in Africa are routinely deprived of rights to land, property, and…

Mandela Would Approve Of Global AIDS Progress

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, reflects on Nelson Mandela’s role in the global AIDS response. He recounts Mandela’s attendance at the July 2003 International Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and…

HHS Secretary Outlines U.S. Government Work To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

“I believe — and President Obama believes — that an AIDS-free generation is within our reach,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius writes in the AIDS.gov blog. She summarizes U.S. government work addressing the virus domestically and abroad, adding, “The budgetary constraints our teams across the [HHS] have been working under have…

Mail & Guardian Highlights Mandela’s Evolution As AIDS Activist

The Mail & Guardian examines Nelson Mandela’s evolution as an AIDS activist, writing, “After stepping down as president, Mandela openly regretted not doing more about the pandemic, but also about the lack of time to do so.” The newspaper adds, “The South African Press Agency reported that he said: ‘It’s…

Mandela’s Associations With Global Health ‘Broad And Deep’

A Lancet editorial reflects on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5 at age 95. “Mandela was such an important figure in the history of the struggle, not only for justice and freedom, but also for the right to health,” the editorial writes. The Lancet quotes a…

Report Examines Philanthropic Aid For HIV/AIDS Initiatives In LMICs

“Philanthropic support for HIV/AIDS initiatives in low- and middle-income countries in 2012 totaled $500 million, or 5.4 percent of total international funding, a report from Funders Concerned About AIDS finds,” Philanthropy News Digest reports. “Produced with support from UNAIDS, the report [.pdf], ‘Global Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2012,’…

International Community Must Fill Funding Gap For AIDS, TB, Malaria

Despite “enormous gains made over the past decade to curb three devastating diseases: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria … there is still a big gap between what’s been accomplished and what more could be done with sufficient financing,” a New York Times editorial states. The editorial summarizes progress against the diseases,…

IAVI Announces New Board Appointments

“The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Alex Godwin Coutinho has taken over the role of chair of its Board of Directors, and U.S. Ambassador Eric Goosby [who recently completed a four-and-a-half-year term as U.S. global AIDS coordinator,] and the Rt. Hon. the Lord Fowler…

Blog Examines Results Of Various HIV Prevention Trials, Highlights AVAC Report

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines the results of various HIV prevention trials in recent years, and highlights Research & Reality, a report released by AVAC on Monday. “With research beginning to yield promising findings, and realities on the ground providing lessons of their own, the…