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    Oxfam Argues for New Global Climate Adaptation Fund / Oxfam aboga por un nuevo fondo mundial para adaptación al cambio climático

    Sunday, September 20th, 2009

    From Oxfam International:
    Rich countries must not raid aid to pay climate debt

    A new Oxfam report has today warned that at least 4.5 million children could die unless world leaders deliver additional funds to help poor countries fight the growing impact of climate change, rather than diverting it from existing aid promises.

    The warning comes as world […]

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    An Andean Medicines Policy

    Sunday, March 29th, 2009

    Last Friday the 30th Meeting of the Health Ministers of the Andean Area (RMSAA) agreed on other important health measures — a coordinated epidemiological surveillance system, joint plans to combat HIV/AIDS, protect health in border areas and to combat child malnutrition — but the one that caught my eye was the new Andean Medicines Policy.
    Not […]

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    Fiocruz Gets Green Light to Produce AIDS Medicine Under Compulsory License

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) has authorized the Pharmaceutical Technology Institute (“Farmanguinhos“) of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“) to begin producing the antiretriviral drug Efavirenz.  About 80,000 Brazilian HIV-positive patients currently receive the drug through the National Program on Sexually-Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and AIDS.
    To refresh memories, Efavirenz is the AIDS drug for which Brazil […]

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    HIV in the Americas: Leveling Off? / VIH en las Américas: Se está nivelando?

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    HIV in the Americas: “Leveling off, but still unacceptable”
    Three million people were living with HIV in the Americas as of 2007—the latest year for which data are available—up from 2.7 million in 2001. This represents a “leveling off” of the epidemic in the Western Hemisphere, a top Pan American […]

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    Plan for Establishing Caribbean Public Health Agency Agreed

    Monday, October 13th, 2008

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM):
    CARICOM MINISTERS OF HEALTH AGREE ON A PLAN TO ESTABLISH CARPHA
    Ministers of Health of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have endorsed a plan of action for the transition of the Regional Health Institutions into the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) by 2010. The endorsement was made at the annual Caucus of the […]

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    Brazil Proceeds with Compulsory Licensing of Antiretroviral Drug / Brasil continua com a licença compulsória de medicamento antiretroviral

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    Temas Observation: All developing nations have had the clear right to resort to compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals since the adoption of the Doha Declaration by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. Brazil has long reserved this right under its own laws, although previously it has been hesitant to actually use the power, preferring instead […]

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    Brazil to Invest R$25 Million by 2012 on Anti-HIV Vaccines / Brasil vai investir R$25 milhões até 2012 em vacinas anti-HIV

    Sunday, October 5th, 2008

    From Brazil’s National Program on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS (STD-AIDS):
    R$ 25 million to be invested in Anti-HIV Vaccines by 2012
    During the next four years the Brazilian Ministry of Health will invest R$ 25 million in research into the development of a vaccine against AIDS. The resources will be applied in human resource training, laboratory […]

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    Los Países Andinos deciden diseñar una política regional sobre acceso universal al medicamento

    Sunday, October 5th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Andean Health Organism – Hipólito Unanue Convention (ORAS-CONHU) — the health cooperation agency that brings together the four Andean Community (CAN) member states (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) with two former CAN members, Chile and Venezuela — has decided to formulate a regional policy guaranteeing universal access to medicines.  The policy should […]

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    Una nueva estrategia regional enfocada a la salud y el desarrollo de los adolescentes y jóvenes

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Health Ministers of the Americas, at the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) top body, agreed to a 10-year regional new strategy and program to tackle issues in the health and development of adolescents and youth (ages 10-24).  The program is seen as an investment in the health […]

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    Brazil Finds 3 Promising Candidates for ARVs to Combat AIDS

    Friday, August 29th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The private Ataulpho de Paiva Foundation (FAP), the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (IOC, part of the Fiocruz family of public institutions) — all based in Rio de Janeiro state — jointly announced today the discovery of three substances that are good candidates for anti-retroviral medicines to combat […]

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