New ways to fund the fight

WASHINGTON DC, 25 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - While global HIV funding has stayed flat in recent years, poorer countries have quietly been putting more of their own money into financing the HIV response. "Something very interesting has been happening" in Africa, Bernhard Schwartländer, director of strategy at UNAIDS told a plenary session at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington DC. full report

HIV/AIDS: Straight Talk with Mark Eldon-Edington, Global Fund director of country programmes

WASHINGTON DC, 24 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria is changing the way it does business, and the way it disburses money. In 2010, after allegations of fraud among fund recipients in Mali, Mauritania and Zambia, the Global Fund put together an independent, high-level panel to review its financial controls and how grant money is spent. The Fund is now implementing the panel's recommendations. full report

AFRICA: Domestic investment in HIV up but uneven

NAIROBI, 19 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Many sub-Saharan African nations - traditionally the beneficiaries of international HIV funding - are gradually increasing their financial contributions to the fight against the virus, boosting the number of people on treatment to record highs according to a new UNAIDS report, Together We Will End AIDS, released on 18 July. full report

UGANDA: A timeline of events affecting LGBTI

NAIROBI, 11 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Uganda has made international headlines in recent years for its strong anti-homosexuality stance, but health experts have warned that more must be done to include LGBTI in HIV prevention services. IRIN has put together a short timeline of key events in the struggle for their inclusion. full report

HIV/AIDS: Criminalization of drug use fuelling HIV

NAIROBI, 27 June 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The war against drugs is hurting the fight against HIV, according to a new report by the Global Commission on Drug policy, an international panel that advocates science-based strategies to reduce the harm caused by drugs. full report

UGANDA: Money for 100,000 new ARV patients in the budget

KAMPALA, 19 June 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Uganda's Ministry of Health will enrol 100,000 more people infected with HIV on life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment in the 2012/13 financial year, Minister of Finance Maria Kiwanuka announced in her budget speech on 14 June. full report

KENYA: Needles to be distributed to injecting drug users

MOMBASA, 7 June 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The Kenyan government will begin distributing free syringes and needles to more than 50,000 injecting drug users across the country in the next month. Policy-makers and experts said the decision was reached following concerns over the spread of HIV and other blood-borne illnesses through injection drug use. full report

UGANDA: Supply the main challenge in male circumcision

KAMPALA, 30 May 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Uganda's campaign to encourage male circumcision - part of its effort to reduce HIV transmission - has attracted an enthusiastic response, but the bigger challenge is rallying resources so the health system can meet the demand for circumcision before it wanes. full report

EAST AFRICA: Regional HIV Bill passed without criminalization clause

NAIROBI, 27 April 2012 (PlusNews Global) - East Africa's Legislative Assembly has passed a regional HIV/AIDS Bill that seeks to protect the rights of people living with HIV and harmonize regional legislation and policy on the prevention and treatment of HIV. full report

KENYA: High court ruling on anti-counterfeit law "upholds right to health"

NAIROBI, 25 April 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Kenyan HIV activists say a ruling by the High Court that the definition of "anti-counterfeit" in the 2008 Anti-Counterfeit Act is too broad will save millions of lives and protect the right to life of citizens. full report
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