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AIDS IS (STILL) POLITICAL

This year marks 30 years since the creation of the International AIDS Society (IAS), an important moment of reflection for our organization. We were founded in 1988 by a group of scientist-activists desperate to share information to stop the pandemic spreading around them. When the IAS was first created, there was no treatment for HIV

Global leaders from across Africa meet to counter microbial resistance, help global fight

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) will convene a landmark summit of key regional stakeholders and international experts today to discuss antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and diagnostics. During the event, a significant Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the two organizations, pledging a commitment to identify

Some 100 nations provide little or no relief for patients in serious pain

  Millions of people who suffer serious physical or psychological suffering and need palliative care and pain relief do not get it, a Lancet study reveals. In the most comprehensive global analysis of palliative care ever conducted, The Lancet Commission of 35 experts shows that out of the 172 countries studied, 25 nations had almost

UNAIDS urges everyone to make some noise for zero discrimination

By Henry Opondo Ahead of the March 1, the Zero Discrimination Day, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has urged people to make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standing in the way of achieving ambitions, goals and dreams. Zero discrimination is an integral part of UNAIDS’

Hope for Africans as the Medicines Patent Pool Announces First Licence for Tuberculosis Treatment

The Medicines Patent Pool has announced signing a licence with Johns Hopkins University to facilitate the clinical development of tuberculosis (TB) drug candidate sutezolid. Long considered a promising investigational treatment, its further development in combination with other drugs, could offer hope to millions of African suffering from TB particularly those that are both drug-sensitive and

SMS for Life 2.0 Nigeria launch to help improve essential medicine access

Novartis (www.Novartis.com) has announced in Kaduna State, Nigeria the launch of an innovative technology-based healthcare program called SMS for Life 2.0. The program aims to increase the availability of essential medicines and improve care for patients across the region by using simple, available, and affordable technology. SMS for Life 2.0 is a joint public-private partnership

18.2 million people on antiretroviral therapy, UNAIDS

By Henry Opondo A new report by UNAIDS shows that countries are getting on the Fast-Track, with an additional one million people accessing treatment in just six months (January to June 2016). By June 2016, around 18.2 million [16.1 million–19.0 million] people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910 000 children, double the number

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