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IAS Conference Begins, Report Says Economic Crisis Forcing Africans Living With HIV/AIDS Off Life-Saving Medications

At a news conference opening the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa, Julio Montaner, president of the International AIDS Society, expressed disappointment that the “G8 ignored the HIV-AIDS issue at its annual summit this month,” which was “just four years after pledging at the 2005 Gleneagles [G8] summit to fight for universal access to AIDS treatment by 2010,” the Globe and Mail reports.

Recent Releases: IAS 2009; HIV/AIDS Global Response, Treatment, Funding; PEPFAR; Health Affairs

IAS Conference Blog; Lancet Profiles Incoming Executive Director Ahead of the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which begins on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa – the IAS 2009 Live blog started publishing, including the latest developments and resources and featured guest bloggers. A Lancet perspective piece profiles…

President Obama To Visit Ghana Friday

IRIN reports that Ghanaians “are mixing high hopes with caution” in anticipation of President Obama’s arrival in the country Friday – “his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa.”

Also In Global Health News: Uganda ARVs; Malaria in Yemen; Seasonal Hunger; Zimbabwe Maternal Deaths; Nigeria Polio Campaign

Lack Of Funds Prevents HIV-Positive People In Uganda From Receiving Antiretroviral Treatment Some health service providers in Uganda have had to turn away “HIV patients who qualify to receive free antiretroviral therapy,” because the “credit crunch” has created a lack of funds, the Observer reports. Uganda’s antiretroviral program is about…

AP/Los Angeles Times Examines Haiti’s Fight Against HIV

The AP/Los Angeles Times examines Haiti’s success at reducing the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the country through the work of the “nonprofit groups, Boston-based Partners in Health (PIH) and Port-au-Prince’s GHESKIO, widely considered to be the world’s oldest AIDS clinic.”

Study Examines PEPFAR Efforts In Zambia

A report from researchers at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) examines how $577 million in PEPFAR funding between 2004 and 2008 was used in Zambia, PlusNews/IRIN reports.

San Francisco Chronicle Profiles U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“Dr. Eric Goosby wasted no time starting his new job as the U.S. global AIDS coordinator. He flew from the Bay Area to Geneva hours after his confirmation by the Senate and was sworn in when he landed … The ambassador is approaching his post with the urgency of a clinician who has spent more than 25 years fighting the disease,” the San Francisco Chronicle writes.

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