What We’re Reading: Week of September 6 - 10
September 10, 2010
This week we were especially moved by a posting on our blog from Foundation Ambassador Suzan Meredith
, who shared the story of her family’s personal fight against HIV.
See below for the other articles we were reading:
Reuters reported on Johnson & Johnson’s five year pledge to improve the health of 120 million women and children as part of the efforts to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals
In related news, Agence France-Presse
wrote on dual reports from UNICEF
and Save the Children
issued this week urging for greater equality of spending on health services for the world’s poorer women and children.
The Associated Press
reported on a call by doctors, activists, and Graca Machel – wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela – for African leaders to honor their pledges to devote more of their countries’ budgets to healthcare.
The Los Angeles Times
and the San Francisco Chronicle
both wrote editorials about the Obama administration’s funding commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
The New York Times
reported on the lack of funding for additional studies on vaginal microbicides, a promising new way to prevent HIV infection in women. The results of a South African study on microbicides released at the AIDS 2010
conference in July showed increased protection for women against HIV.
covered a study indicating that a cheaper HIV drug produced by Boehringer Ingelheim was more effective for HIV-positive infants than a more expensive drug from Abbott Laboratories, which could have implications about which drug should be used in resource-poor countries.
wrote about other research from Johns Hopkins that HIV-positive children on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) may require revaccination for other childhood diseases.
Voice of America
reported on a new strategic research plan released this week by the Council of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
to help jumpstart new AIDS vaccine trials.
International HIV/AIDS News:
reported on women in nomadic communities in Kenya who have trouble accessing services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the remote areas in which they live.
South Africa’s Mail & Guardian
wrote about cases of forced sterilization of HIV-positive women in Namibia and other countries in the region, a human rights issue also covered by a recent report
issued by the Harvard Program on International Health and Human Rights
Robert Yule is the Foundation's Media Manager, based in Washington, D.C.