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U.K. Omitted From Plan to Eliminate TB in Rich Countries

The U.K. has too big a problem with tuberculosis to participate in a World Health Organization plan to eliminate the world’s second-deadliest disease from more than 30 countries.

Published
04 July 2014
From
Bloomberg
Too soon for rich countries to stop HIV funding in poor ones

The international community expects governments of low- and middle-income countries to invest more funds in their HIV responses, and to move towards fully domestically financed responses. But the political, social, economic and infrastructural factors in many low- and middle-income countries preclude domestic leadership for comprehensive HIV responses.

Published
04 July 2014
From
The Conversation
Birx: PEPFAR will do more with less

“We will deliver the right things, in the right places, at the right times,” said new Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx on Monday when outlining her broad vision for the third phase of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at a town hall hosted by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Published
25 June 2014
From
Science Speaks
Ethiopia’s Condom Dilemma

Which is the better approach: to price condoms just like any other product, or to treat them as potential lifesavers that should be available to anyone, anywhere, free at any time?

Published
23 June 2014
From
New York Times
U.S. looking to make LGBT rights a foreign policy priority

New legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Congress that would make the rights of sexual minorities a foreign policy priority for the United States.

Published
23 June 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Gates Foundation funds female condoms and Trojan cows

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced funding for several projects which are attempting to reinvent the condom. The proposals focus on changing the materials or surface texture of existing condoms, with several suggestions of finding a way to make it more closely mimic human skin, the use of soft, pliant silicone and the use of polyester, which would be not only be a thinner, but more eco-friendly option.

Published
06 June 2014
From
Wired
Activists sound alarm on tiered drug prices

On 13 May, a coalition of 220 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) condemned a proposal from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that promotes ‘tiered pricing’, in which drug companies offer the same medicines at vastly different prices in different countries.

Published
22 May 2014
From
Nature
UNITAID approves grants of $160 million, for hepatitis C, MDR-TB and malaria drugs

Breakthrough new medicines for hepatitis C and drug-resistant TB and largest-yet global programme for seasonal malaria chemoprevention to be made available for low- and middle-income countries as part of $160 million of new grants funded by UNITAID

Published
07 May 2014
From
UNITAID
Gates Foundation seeks to merge science and delivery of global health

Everyone knows that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation likes technology, inventing new things and helping others find innovative ways to fight diseases that afflict those living in the poorest parts of the world. But what the philanthropy hasn’t done, say some of its critics, is invest much time, attention or money in dealing with some of the more fundamental – and complex – drivers of poverty, disease and inequity

Published
06 May 2014
From
Humanosphere
Civil society sharply criticizes UNAIDS for supporting Russia’s deadly HIV policies

UNAIDS is sponsoring the Eastern European and Central Asian AIDS Conference (EECAAC), to be held in Moscow next month. “Russian authorities openly reject human rights and evidence based approaches to HIV prevention and treatment among key affected populations (KAP) of people who use drugs, MSM, sex workers. Since UNAIDS being the co-chair and sponsor of EECAAC, never contradicted these statements, we can only state that UNAIDS is in the full agreement with them,” said Anya Sarang, president of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation.

Published
29 April 2014
From
Andrey Rylkov Foundation (press release)

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