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New WHO report shows strategic purchasing of medicines can improve access in the European Region

A new WHO report provides insight into how countries in the WHO European Region can improve access and reduce medicine prices through strategic and well-planned procurement processes. The report examines the effect of different public procurement practices on supply security and prices for pharmaceuticals. It also addresses collaboration within and across countries to improve availability of affordable medicines for patients in the Region.

Published
02 December 2016
From
World Health Organization
New UNITAID and CHAI initiative to speed introduction and access to critical HIV drugs

UNITAID and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) today announced a three-year project to speed the introduction of new, optimal HIV drugs, and make them more available and affordable. The US $ 34 million investment is expected to be a boon for adults and children living with HIV who receive treatments that are not effective. In addition, 18 million people who do not receive any treatment stand to benefit from this project.

Published
30 November 2016
From
UNITAID
The global AIDS response is stuck in neutral

The problem is that key indicators that track progress on treatment, prevention, and funding look virtually the same year after year. And business as usual won’t be enough to put the world firmly on the path to the end of AIDS by 2030.

Published
30 November 2016
From
ONE
Ending the HIV epidemic faces daunting barriers, former WHO HIV chief warns

The difficulty of bringing the HIV epidemic “down to zero” should not be underestimated, Kevin de Cock, former director of HIV for the World Health Organization (WHO),

Published
30 November 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Tom Price's radically conservative vision for American health care

By tapping the tea party Republican as his top health care official, President-elect Donald Trump sends a strong signal he may look beyond repealing and replacing Obamacare to try to scale back Medicare and Medicaid, popular entitlements that cover roughly 130 million people, many of whom are sick, poor and vulnerable.

Published
30 November 2016
From
Politico
DAA treatment restricted for Canadian hepatitis C patients

Patients infected by hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Canada have limited access to direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents, according to a new study. For example, 85% to 92% of the provinces and territories in Canada restrict access to these medications to persons with moderate fibrosis.

Published
29 November 2016
From
Medical Economics
Number of HIV-infected Russians receiving free treatment quintuples in 10 years

The amount of HIV-infected Russians who receive free treatment and are under doctors’ care has surged fivefold in Russia over the past 10 years, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova stated at the opening ceremony of the Second All-Russian Forum for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV and AIDS on Monday.

Published
29 November 2016
From
TASS
UNAIDS announces 18.2 million people on antiretroviral therapy, but warns that 15–24 years of age is a highly dangerous time for young women

New UNAIDS report shows that people are particularly vulnerable to HIV at certain points in their lives and calls for a life-cycle approach to find solutions for everyone at every stage of life.

Published
21 November 2016
From
UNAIDS
Russia Wishes Away Its HIV Epidemic

Epidemiologists have developed the means to stop HIV in its tracks, but Russia is barely listening.

Published
21 November 2016
From
The Moscow Times
Exposed: Southern African trio 'sold expired ARVs' in Europe at a 4 000% markup

Life-saving HIV drugs were allegedly diverted from Africa's public health system to sell in Europe.

Published
17 November 2016
From
Bhekisisa
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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