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Guardian Examines Barriers To Prescribing ART To All Children Under 5 As Recommended By WHO

Noting the WHO in June “published new guidelines on the prescription of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for the treatment of HIV positive patients,” which included “a recommendation to prescribe ART to all children under five, whatever their CD4 count (a measure of the strength of the immune system),” The Guardian’s “Global…

IRIN Examines Research On Syringe Design, Prevention Of HIV

IRIN examines recent research that shows that differences in the design of syringes “can be ‘dramatic’ and may slow the spread of HIV infections.” The news service writes, “Better syringe design could ‘nearly eradicate global HIV [injecting drug user-related] infections within eight years,’ according to the U.S.-based health consultancy RTI…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. Jessica Haberer and colleagues report that high adherence to antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people in serodiscordant relationships, “achieved in the setting of active adherence monitoring and counseling support, is…

Kenya’s AIDS Indicator Survey Shows Country Making Progress In Prevention, Treatment

“Kenya is making great strides in tackling HIV/AIDS, with a fall in the HIV-positive population and a surge in the number of people getting tested and receiving treatment, according to a government survey released on Tuesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “[T]he number of Kenyans living with the disease fell from…

South Africa Publishes Draft Intellectual Property Policy With Potential Effects For Pharma Patents

“South Africa’s government has published a draft intellectual property policy with potential far-reaching effects for pharmaceutical patents, which rights groups hailed Monday as a move towards lower medicine costs,” Agence France-Presse reports. “If accepted, the reforms will facilitate the production of cheaper, generic medicines, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF)…

African Health Ministers Agree On Several Priorities At WHO Regional Meeting

“With 44 percent of deaths among women worldwide occurring in the [WHO] African Region, African health ministers have agreed on measures aimed at addressing the issue as well as HIV, eHealth, traditional medicine and the health of elderly people,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports. The health ministers from 47 African countries, “who ended…

Secretary Kerry Reaffirms U.S. Commitment To Help Swaziland Address HIV/AIDS Epidemic

“The U.S. has restated its commitment to working with Swaziland to fight HIV/AIDS in the African country, where the disease poses a major challenge to socio-economic development,” PANA/Afrique Jet reports. “‘Our productive collaboration has helped the people of Swaziland make steady progress towards an AIDS-free generation,’ U.S. Secretary of State…

Malaysian Newspaper Profiles Ambassador Goosby

Malaysia’s “The Star” profiles Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, recounting his early career as a doctor in San Francisco, where he treated HIV/AIDS patients at the San Francisco General Hospital. “Now, almost three decades on,…

Blog Highlights Reports In Kaiser Family Foundation Global Health Aid Series

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights two reports in a series of reports examining the geographic presence of global health donors by the Kaiser Family Foundation, titled “Mapping the Donor Landscape in Global Health.” In one post, the blog describes the first report in the series,…

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