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Eye on Rwanda – successes and challenges in HIV testing and treatment

In many ways, Rwanda is a success story in terms of provision of services to people with HIV — just 18 years after 800,000 people were massacred in the country’s 1994 genocide. Anita Asiimwe, MD, MPH, of the Rwanda Biomedica Center in Kigali, drew a picture of what is seen on the ground for an audience at the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Tuesday afternoon in Seattle.

Published
07 March 2012
From
Science Speaks
Ukraine Security Secretary Says HIV, TB Remain Threat To Nation's Security, Encourages Cooperation With Global Fund

Speaking about two bills concerning Ukraine's cooperation with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Ukraine Secretary of National Security and Defense Council Andriy Kliuyev said "[t]he epidemics of AIDS and tuberculosis [TB] remain a threat to national security in Ukraine and require redoubled efforts to treat and prevent these diseases," Interfax reports.

Published
05 March 2012
From
Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report
World Health Organization issues new policy to step up TB/HIV efforts

Around 910,000 lives were saved between 2005 and 2010 as a result of closer working relationships between HIV and TB programmes, according to estimates released today by

Published
02 March 2012
By
Keith Alcorn
Chinese Government Pledges Greater Support For Organizations Fighting HIV/AIDS

"Organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS will get greater government support," Yu Jingjin, director of the disease prevention and control bureau under China's Ministry of Health, said, China Daily reports.

Published
02 March 2012
From
Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report
An Exciting New Chapter - POZ editor's farewell blog

Katherine Bliss discusses a report -that "examines the political history of the international AIDS conferences from 1985 to the present." She writes, "The report finds that the most significant conferences from participants' point of view have featured either major scientific breakthroughs, such as the 1996 Vancouver meeting, or substantial sociopolitical breakthroughs, as in Durban in 2000.

Published
02 March 2012
From
Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report
HIV treatment to be free for undocumented migrants and non-UK citizens

The United Kingdom Department of Health has announced that it will soon make HIV treatment free for all who need it, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

Published
28 February 2012
By
Roger Pebody
SOUTH AFRICA: New reports chart progress - and costs - in HIV fight

Mothers, babies and newly diagnosed HIV patients are receiving more of the services they need but progress comes at a cost, according to a new report that predicts a funding shortfall for HIV treatment in South Africa.

Published
27 February 2012
From
IRIN Plus News
Kenya: Partners May Access HIV and Aids Records Under New Bill

People who think they can keep secret their HIV positive status from their partners are in for a shock because the latter can walk to a health centre and demand access to the information.

Published
27 February 2012
From
AllAfrica
Four Thought: Robin Gorna - the world is losing the political will to deal with AIDS

Robin Gorna, who has spent 26 years working globally to combat AIDS, fears that at a time when we know how to deal with the problem, we are losing the political will to tackle it. She sees finances drying up, and stigma, prejudice and an unwillingness to engage with social and sexual aspects of the illness preventing millions from getting access to the treatment and care they need.

Published
23 February 2012
From
BBC Radio 4 (audio)
Commissioning of English HIV services debated at Prime Minister's Questions

World-class work on treating HIV in Britain will be fragmented and disrupted by the government's controversial health reforms, which will become the coalition's poll tax, Ed Miliband has warned. (Approximately two and a half minutes into this video clip).

Published
22 February 2012
From
The Guardian (video)

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