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New Regulatory Agency In Africa Aims To Facilitate Approval Of CD4 Diagnostic Tests

Noting the WHO has called for 15 million people living with HIV to be receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) by 2015 and new WHO HIV treatment guidelines say ART should be prescribed when patients’ CD4 cell counts reach 500 cells/mm3, a higher threshold than previously recommended, The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals…

Ban Appoints New Special Envoy For HIV/AIDS In Africa

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed former Ugandan Vice President Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, SAPA-AP/Sowetan Live reports (8/2). Wandira-Kasibwe, who was the first woman in Africa to hold a vice president position, “will replace Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania, who the secretary general thanked…

President Clinton Discusses HIV Prevention In Malawi

“Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, on the last day of his visit to Malawi, Thursday said he would continue to support measures to fix the southern African country’s efforts to address some of its biggest challenges in poverty reduction, health care and women empowerment,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports. “Clinton, accompanied by daughter…

EGPAF Promoting Exclusive Breastfeeding In Kenya To Prevent MTCT Of HIV

As part of a series written by members of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Eric Kilongi, a senior communications officer in Kenya for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), describes efforts to educate women living with HIV about the…

Blog Cites Documents Helping To Outline Path To AIDS-Free Generation

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines several documents it says are helping guide the way toward an AIDS-free generation. The blog highlights the PEPFAR Blueprint (.pdf); the new WHO HIV treatment guidelines; an issue brief (.pdf) from amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, titled “Tackling HIV/AIDS…

Global Community Must Work Together To Progress Against AIDS

Noting “[i]t’s been 13 years since the international community adopted the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], an ambitious, self-imposed ‘report card’ for global development that helped focus attention and resources on issues like HIV and AIDS,” Jonathan Quick, president and CEO at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and Jonathan Jay, bioethicist…

New CGD Policy Paper Examines PEPFAR Funding

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, CGD researchers Victoria Fan and Rachel Silverman describe a new policy paper that attempts to answer the questions, “Where does scarce PEPFAR funding go? Which countries and implementers receive the bulk of PEPFAR funds? And what factors influence…

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