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GLOBAL: Treating addiction can prevent HIV
22 July 2009 (IRIN ), Alcohol and drug addiction are major drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of the world, but for political and ideological reasons, scientists and clinicians have tended to shy away from this area of HIV research, while governments and donors have been reluctant to fund programmes targeting addicts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85387/GLOBAL-Treating-addiction-can-prevent-HIV
WEST AFRICA: Disaster-risk reduction made simple
22 July 2009 (IRIN ), Partnerships between aid agencies and climate experts are finally paying off by helping NGOs’ disaster prevention and response, but specialists question why it took so long.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85377/WEST-AFRICA-Disaster-risk-reduction-made-simple
GLOBAL: IPCC to help prepare for short-term climate extremes
21 July 2009 (IRIN ), In a significant move, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international body of climate change experts, is set to produce a "how to" manual for policy-makers and disaster officials on managing the risks of extreme weather events and bolstering resilience, to promote adaptation to global warming.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85372/GLOBAL-IPCC-to-help-prepare-for-short-term-climate-extremes
GLOBAL: Test and treat to wipe out AIDS
21 July 2009 (IRIN ), The idea of using antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) not only to treat HIV infection but also to prevent new infections, and eventually to eradicate the virus almost entirely, is being hotly debated at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85373/GLOBAL-Test-and-treat-to-wipe-out-AIDS
GLOBAL: Changes afoot for US global AIDS policy
20 July 2009 (IRIN ), Just three weeks into his new appointment, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Dr Eric Goosby outlined on Monday some of the changes that President Barack Obama’s administration will make to the country's global AIDS policy at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85353/GLOBAL-Changes-afoot-for-US-global-AIDS-policy
GLOBAL: Scientific community urged to become activists
20 July 2009 (IRIN ), The 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention opened on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa, amidst reports that funding gaps and poor management are threatening supplies of life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in at least six African countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85354/GLOBAL-Scientific-community-urged-to-become-activists
GLOBAL: Male circumcision does not reduce partner's HIV risk
17 July 2009 (IRIN ), New research suggests that circumcising HIV-positive men does not reduce the risk of their female partners becoming HIV-infected.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85330/GLOBAL-Male-circumcision-does-not-reduce-partner-s-HIV-risk
GLOBAL: Critical need for more viral load testing
16 July 2009 (IRIN ), New research has again confirmed the importance of viral load testing, which measures the amount of HI virus in the blood, to determine whether someone on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is experiencing treatment failure and needs to be switched to a second-line drug regimen.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85313/GLOBAL-Critical-need-for-more-viral-load-testing
AFRICA: Going into debt for health
15 July 2009 (IRIN ), One in four families living in the world's poorest countries borrows money or sells assets in order to afford health care, according to the most recent issue of the US medical journal "Health Affairs".
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85284/AFRICA-Going-into-debt-for-health
GLOBAL: Less money, less food, more hungry - analysis
15 July 2009 (IRIN ), If the global economy were to rebound in 2010, sub-Saharan Africa would still be one of the world's poorest and most vulnerable regions, and have more than half its food insecure people, says an examination of the impact of the economic slowdown on food security.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85293/GLOBAL-Less-money-less-food-more-hungry-analysis

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