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  • Why maps matter: Delivering the right HIV services in the right place at the right time

    In the third phase of PEPFAR, strategic planning is more urgently needed than ever. The following is a guest post by Anita Datar of the Health Policy Project on the role of geographical information systems in that planning.

    09 September 2014 | Science Speaks
  • England: Commissioners must collaborate, cooperate and coordinate to make it work, says new guide

    Public Health England (PHE) has today launched a new guide to the commissioning of sexual health, reproductive health, and HIV services.

    09 September 2014 | Public Health England press release
  • 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
  • US: HIV medical organizations challenge insurer restrictions to HCV treatment

    The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the two largest professional associations representing HIV clinicians in the U.S., are challenging new health plan cost control policies barring many qualified HIV care providers from prescribing certain medications that treat hepatitis C (HCV).

    04 September 2014 | EATG / AAHIVM / HIVMA
  • South Africa: Shortage of drug that prevents babies from getting HIV

    The circular explains that there are alternative antiretrovirals to nevirapine for use in newborn children, such as zidovudine (better known as AZT) and lamivudine (better known as 3TC).

    03 September 2014 | Ground Up
  • Malawi First Country to Put HIV Positive Pregnant Women On ARVs

    President Arthur Peter Mutharika says Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count.

    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
  • Three Approaches to Beating the AIDS Epidemic in South Africa

    South Africa’s AIDS epidemic is at its worst in high-risk subgroups like gay men, prostitutes, truckers, prisoners, miners and patients who don’t take their drugs regularly. To have any hope of beating the epidemic, it must focus on such groups, experts say. Many pilot projects to do that have been started with aid from the United States government program called Pepfar. Here are some of them.

    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
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