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Global Health Experts Discuss End Of AIDS At GBCHealth Conference In New York

GlobalPost reports on the GBCHealth Conference, which took place in New York City on Monday and where “panelists at a session titled ‘AIDS@30’ were asked how they would fulfill U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s call late last year for an ‘AIDS-free generation.'” According to the news service, “Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, said the key will likely be a combination HIV prevention strategy” that “includes expansion of treatment to help prevent new infections; major scale-up of male circumcision; and treating all HIV-positive pregnant women to end the transmission of HIV from mother to child.” GlobalPost adds, “Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS executive director, said the way to defeat AIDS had to include more financial contributions from developing countries.” GlobalPost quotes several other conference attendees (Donnelly, 5/15).

In related news, “[t]he MDG Health Alliance, an innovative new private sector organization created and led by eminent business leaders to tackle urgent global health problems, was introduced” at the conference on Monday, a GBCHealth press release reports. According to the press release, “The MDGHealth Alliance announced several bold initiatives, including a multi-company partnership in India to scale up supply and distribution of zinc and oral rehydration solution (ORS) to save child lives from diarrhea, the second biggest killer of young children, and a study that shows that digital technology can reduce by 75 percent the costs of training community health workers, who provide crucial health services in developing countries” (5/14).

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