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Global Fund Welcomes U.S. Budget Decision

April 2013 Global Fund; The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strongly welcomed the US$1.65 billion requested for the Global Fund in President Obama’s budget, which was released today. It will make a tremendous difference in the fight against these highly infectious diseases. “This budget decision is an …

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USA;Prostitution policy splits NGOs in top court AIDS case

April 2013 Reuters; A Supreme Court case that challenges a law requiring anti-prostitution policies for HIV/AIDS programs seeking federal money has generated a split among nonprofit groups that counsel sex workers overseas. The case involves a 2003 law that bars funding for groups that work on HIV/AIDS prevention but do …

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Black women may gain more weight with contraceptives

April 2013 Reuters; Black women were the most likely to gain weight while using a long-acting form of contraception, such as a hormone implant or intrauterine device (IUD), in a small new study. Researchers found that during a year of using progestin-based long-term contraceptives, black women put on an average …

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USA; Mapping the mind—smart thinking for brain health?

April 2013  The Lancet/WhiteHouse; On April 2, US President Barack Obama launched his most ambitious scientific research plan to date—the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. The programme aims to accelerate the development of new tools to map comprehensively, for the first time, the activity of the human …

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INDIA; Can India pull off its ambitious National Health Mission?

April 2013 BMJ; India’s creation of a National Health Mission seems to show that the government is finally recognising the importance of the health of its 1.2 billion citizens. The mission could substantially improve healthcare infrastructure and service delivery throughout the country, especially in urban areas, say public health doctors. …

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NAMIBIA; Doctors prefer private practice

April 2013 New Era; The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi, says government has trained scores of doctors with its own resources, but most of them have gone into private practice. Last year 28 doctors graduated on government scholarships, while 22 students enrolled to study medicine in …

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