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    Cuba to Help Argentina Produce Cancer, Antiretroviral Drugs

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    Argentina’s Health Minister Graciela Ocaña has just signed an agreement with Cuba where the latter will aid the former in researching and producing antiretroviral medicines (ARVs), cancer drugs, vaccines and other treatments for diseases prevalent in Argentina.
    Last year, shortly after assuming her post, Ocaña established the Program for the Public Production of Medicines, Vaccines and […]

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Tackling HIV/AIDS Among LAC Children

    Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

    Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) still has much work to do regarding HIV/AIDS among children and pregnant women.
    That was one of the lessons drawn from the recent WHO/UNAIDS/UNICEF report on the state of HIV/AIDS interventions. For example, among the Caribbean states the average of pregnant women that receive treatment with antiretrovirals to prevent […]

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    Eliminating Vertical Transmission of HIV & Syphilis in the Caribbean by 2015

    Saturday, August 9th, 2008

    From the Pan American health Organization (PAHO):
    Caribbean public health authorities propose to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis by 2015
    Public health authorities, HIV and Maternal and Child Health experts concluded that it is feasible to eliminate the vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis in the Caribbean by 2015. The conclusion was reached after a […]

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    Helping HIV/AIDS Prevention/Control in Barbados

    Thursday, August 7th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Approves US$35 Million for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control
    The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$35 million loan to Barbados to support the implementation of the 2008-2013 National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control.
    The Second HIV/AIDS Project seeks to increase the adoption of safe behaviors and access to […]

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    Improvements in HIV/AIDS Treatment in LAC

    Friday, July 4th, 2008

    This is a few weeks delayed in being posted, but frankly folks, I only have so many hours in my day…
    Everyone takes away something different from Towards Universal Access: Scaling Up Priority HIV/AIDS Interventions in the Health Sector – Progress Report 2008, the report released last month jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO), United […]

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