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Also In Global Health News: Clinton To Haiti; Global Fund Suspends Zambian Aid; Ugandan Health Workers; MDG Summit; Rwandan Health Insurance; HIV Drugs In Kenya

Former President Clinton To Return To Haiti Reuters reports that former President Bill Clinton will return to Haiti to “jump-start” the country’s post-earthquake reconstruction. Clinton will head the first meeting of Haiti’s reconstruction commission, “part of a sorely needed effort to better coordinate international aid efforts, [Prime Minister Jean-Max] Bellerive…

Opinions: Maintain Fight Against HIV/AIDS; Ending MTCT of HIV; Impact Of U.S. Health Reform On Foreign-Trained Physicians

U.N. Secretary-General Calls For International Community To ‘Rally Around’ Next Generation Of HIV Treatment, Increase Support For Countries In Need Following a recent trip to the largest HIV/AIDS clinic in Uganda, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reflects on the recent progress made in the fight against the disease in a McClatchy opinion…

Washington Post Examines Trial In Africa Of Long-Acting Vaginal Ring For HIV Prevention

“The first test of a long-acting vaginal ring loaded with an HIV-preventing drug has begun enrolling women in southern Africa,” the Washington Post reports. The study, according to the newspaper, marks the 15th trial led by the non-profit group, International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), which “has helped lead the search for a discreet, woman-controlled means of protection” against the virus.

UNITAID Concerned About Infant HIV Medication Shortage, Drug Company Says Supply Is Sufficient

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s plans this month to close its plant in Meymac, France, that manufactures “the last therapeutic option” for HIV-positive babies has drawn criticism from UNITAID, Reuters reports. In an open letter published in the Lancet (.pdf), UNITAID writes that “[c]losing this factory means that 4,000 to 7,000 babies currently enrolled in treatment plans in developing countries through UNITAID could be left without the medicines they need.”

Also In Global Health News: MDGs; ARVs; Pharma In India; Gates In Nigeria

“Millennium development goals: Profit has a place at the base of the pyramid,” Financial Times (Murray, 6/7). “ViiV, Elizabeth Glaser Pact To Expedite Access To ARV Treatment”,” Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal (Musha Baba, 6/7). “Novartis, Sanofi Pursue ‘Cash Machine’ in Indian Countryside,” Bloomberg (Sharma, 6/7).  Agence France-Press (6/7) and The Punch (Nwankwo, 6/8)…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Blog: Shah Describes Obama Administration’s Approach To Foreign Aid Reporting on a recent international development forum, “Obama’s Foreign Aid Reform” blog notes USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s remarks on how the Obama administration “is doing things differently.” According to the blog, “The first is on doing a ‘better job of being evidence-based’…

Also In Global Health News: HIV-Positive Children In Uganda; Vietnam Launches PMTCT Campaign; Sierra Leone Health System Strained; Gates Foundation’s Work; Compound Blocks Malaria Parasite

Draft Policy In Uganda Recommends HIV-Positive Children Know Their Status As Early As Age 10 “A Ugandan draft policy recommending that HIV-positive children be informed of their status by the age of 10 has drawn mixed reactions from health workers,” IRIN PlusNews reports. The goal of the policy is to “improve…

ART Associated With Reduced Risk Of HIV Transmission To Sexual Partners, Study Shows

Research published in the Lancet online Thursday “provides the strongest evidence to date” that antiretroviral therapy (ART) might also be used to prevent transmission of HIV, Agence France-Presse reports. The observational study found that treating HIV-positive patients with ART reduced the risk of HIV transmission to their sexual partners by 92 percent (5/26).

Also In Global Health News: WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines In Malawi; U.S., Nigeria To Collaborate On HIV Vaccine Research; Water Scarcity

IRIN PlusNews Reports On Possible Effects Of Adopting WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines In Malawi IRIN PlusNews examines the outcomes of a WHO-supported study in Malawi to assess what adopting the new WHO HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines would mean for the country. “According to the feasibility study, [adopting the guidelines would increase] the number…

Researchers Present More Findings For Microbicides, PrEP At M2010 Conference

Researchers on Monday at the International Microbicides Conference (M2010) in Pittsburgh continued to present data on HIV prevention research, Reuters reports. The news service outlines several prevention methods being researched, including an intravaginal ring that over time releases two antiretrovirals (ARVs) – dapivirine and maraviroc – for up to a month, and a vaginal tablet that time-releases the antiretrovirals dapivirine and DS003 for up to 12 hours. Both methods have yet to reach clinical trials.