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HIV Infections Reduced

A new report released by UNAIDS and WHO shows that since 2001, when the United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS was signed, the number of new infections in sub-Saharan Africa is approximately 15% lower in 2008. In East Asia HIV incidence has declined by nearly 25% and in South and South East Asia by […]

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First transmission of Tamiflu resistant Swine Flu

The world’s first cases of person to person transmission of H1N1 “swine flu” have been reported amongst a group of immune-compromised patients at a hospital in Wales. While further transmission is unlikely from this group, it shows the potential danger to health resources of the emergence of such resistance. For further details see the BBC […]

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New trends in European and U.S. HIV/AIDS funding now available online

The European HIV/AIDS Funders Group (EFG) and Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) announce the launch of their annual resource tracking publications. Key Findings Include: HIV/AIDS-related philanthropy in 2008 totalled €91 million ($134 million) among European-based philanthropies and $618 million among U.S.-based philanthropies. The reports show that total funding for HIV/AIDS by European-based philanthropies was lower […]

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Zedillo Commission Reports

Ernesto Zedillo the former President of Mexico and Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization has recently delivered the report of the commission he led on the governance of the World Bank Group. The report puts forward proposals to streamline the governance board structure, improve the representation of low income countries and […]

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New York Times Examines the Hidden Cost of HIV Spending

The New York Times questions the logic behind current global health priorities and considers the debate on whether “rich nations spend too much on AIDS, which requires lifelong medications, compared with diarrhoea and the other leading killer of children, pneumonia, both of which can be treated inexpensively.” The article shows that while international commitments to […]

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New WHO Report on Global Risks to Health

This new report uses updated information from WHO programmes and scientific studies in order to provide detailed global and regional estimates of premature mortality, disability and loss of health attributable to 24 global risk factors. “A description of diseases and injuries and the risk factors that cause them is vital for health decision-making and planning. […]

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Disagreements Remain In WHO Talks On Virus-Sharing After Chan Proposal

By Kaitlin Mara, for Intellectual Property Watch World Health Organization members this week offered views on the global system for virus- and benefit-sharing for pandemic influenza following recently proposed solutions by Director General Margaret Chan aimed at changing the current, ad-hoc model to a more predictable, sustainably-funded system. “Even with the best intentions in the […]

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European Commission Launches Open Consultation on the EU Role in Global Health

The online consultation will be open for public contribution for two months, closing on 9 December 2009. The purpose is to gather orientations and views from relevant stakeholders regarding the rationale, scope and strategic objectives relating to an EU role in Global health. The open consultation centres around an issue paper and questionnaire prepared in […]

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Health ‘forgotten’ in climate talks

Doctors and environmentalists believe the impact of climate change on public health has been largely ignored by policymakers as global leaders step up talks ahead of December’s Copenhagen summit. Health NGOs in Brussels are pushing for greater attention to be paid to the increase in infectious diseases and chronic illnesses that accompany changes to the climate, with campaigners fearful […]

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“The Age of Stupid” connects Global to Local

In a school hall in rural England a group of enthusiasts have arranged a showing of this film by Franny Armstrong about the climate change, which is released through local events rather than mainstream cinemas. The meeting provides a microcosm of what it takes to connect a global issue to local and personal action. Some […]