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  • UN: Indonesia's New President Must Fill Funding Gap in HIV Fight

    Indonesia, one of only three countries in the Asia-Pacific region that is seeing a trend of increased HIV infections, must plug a $30 million funding gap in its fight against HIV, a U.N. health official said on Wednesday.

    10 September 2014 | Voice of America
  • Doctors Battle Insurers for Access to Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs

    Two groups representing most of America’s HIV doctors have challenged moves by insurance companies to keep them from prescribing lifesaving hepatitis C medications. Insurers are requiring doctors prescribing sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), a once-daily pill for hepatitis C, to either be hepatologists or gastroenterologists. Those doctors specialize in issues related to the liver, which hepatitis C destroys. But hepatitis C is often transmitted along with HIV, so HIV doctors have long been treating their patients for both conditions.

    09 September 2014 | Healthline
  • Poor patients in India facing HIV/AIDS drug shortages

    People with HIV in India are facing stoppages and shortfalls in their HIV treatment that have been blamed on supply bottlenecks, late payments to drugmakers and at least one large Indian manufacturer boycotting the process, complaining that the government was not paying it for its supply.

    05 September 2014 | Reuters
  • Gates Foundation awards $25 million to HIV vaccine research

    Researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates said on Wednesday they have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    05 September 2014 | Fox News
  • Scientists Question NIH Priorities in Awarding Scarce Government Grants

    One scientist says funneling large amounts of money into a single line of research, as in the search for an AIDS vaccine, rewards pet projects and leaves many researchers out in the cold.

    03 September 2014 | Healthline
  • Kenya: Circumcision Secretariat Closes

    The secretariat that coordinated all voluntary medical male circumcision in Kenya the last six years has closed. It was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation but other funders have not come forward. The closure of the secretariat is likely to slow down the momentum of circumcision in Kenya.

    02 September 2014 | AllAfrica
  • The end of AIDS and the NGO Code of Conduct

    In 2008, a consortium of concerned international NGOs and advocacy organisations introduced the NGO Code of Conduct for Health System Strengthening, which highlighted how disproportionate funding for NGOs, rather than for public sector health systems, has undermined public services in many developing countries.The NGO Code of Conduct outlines a set of proposed best practices for NGOs to support local public services. However, after promoting the NGO Code of Conduct for 5 years, the behaviour of some NGOs seems unlikely to change unless donors hold them accountable for adhering to these best practices.

    27 August 2014 | The Lancet
  • AIDS Progress in South Africa in Peril

    PEPFAR has poured more than $3 billion into South Africa, largely for training doctors, building clinics and laboratories, and buying drugs. Now that aid pipeline is drying up as the program shifts its limited budget to poorer countries, so the South African government must find hundreds of millions of dollars, even as its national caseload grows rapidly.

    26 August 2014 | New York Times
  • .HIV Web Domain Fights AIDS One Click at a Time

    The .com’s and .net’s of the world have a new, more charitable neighbor to welcome online. A new initiative called dotHIV officially launched Tuesday with plans to sell .HIV domain names to web creators as part of a fundraising effort to fight and prevent HIV and AIDS. Companies and individuals can purchase .HIV domain names for $179, and a small donation will be made to an HIV- or AIDS-related charity each time a web user visits the site.

    26 August 2014 | Re/code
  • Global Fund Investment Guidance for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

    The Global Fund, in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, has embarked on the development of a Global Fund Investment Guidance for EECA for the 2014-2016 allocation period. The aim of this guidance is to recommend strategic priorities for contributing to sustainable impact on HIV/AIDS and TB in the region and thereby help reverse the tide of the epidemics.

    21 August 2014 | Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
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