By Daniele Dionisio The ominous prospects on health bound up with TPP negotiations are alarming at a time when trade agreements and governments’ choices, largely by the US and the European Union, are turning IP agendas into policies which protect monopolistic interests at the expense of unbiased access to care and lifesaving treatments in resource-limited settings. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, talks began in March 2010, promoted by the United States (US) to deepening free trade in the Pacific realm. Shrouded in unprecedented level of secrecy, the talks aim to address global trade issues including piracy and counterfeiting, while raising standards by taking into account the implications for the multilateral trade system and the different economic levels and needs of participating countries. These currently include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, US and Vietnam. A plan for medicines, known as Trade Enhancing Access to Medicines, or TEAM, was introduced by US negotiators at the eighth round of TPP talks in Chicago on September 9-15, 2011. While the US administration did not disclose the plan’s contents, a US white paper released on September 12 outlined its aims to accelerate access to medicines, get rid of tariffs on medicines and medical devices, and step up legal certainty for manufacturers of generic medicines.
“While much progress has been made” in the effort to eradicate AIDS, an AIDS-free generation “is still a far way off,” Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in an interview with CNN on Monday, after “attending President Barack Obama’s remarks on World AIDS Day at the White House.” “‘We are…More
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on her show recently interviewed U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard “about HIV/AIDS and the future of the Rainbow Nation,” where “more than six million people — or 10 percent of the entire population — are infected with HIV.” They examine U.S. funding for AIDS programs in the country through PEPFAR…More
“The global response to AIDS over the past decade has been a great success — but there is still more work to do,” Ira Magaziner, vice chair and CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “Since 2002, the global community has learned how to treat people…More
“Although the international development community has scored significant wins in the battle against HIV and AIDS, interventions to protect most at-risk populations — including women and girls — have fallen short,” Devex reports. The news service examines “what makes women and girls more susceptible to contracting HIV” and includes comments from Elisha Dunn-Georgiou, Population Action…More
“As recently as 10 years ago, AIDS was a death sentence for many, and experts warned that in parts of the world, we had reached a point literally of no return,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “But what I remember most [from that time] —…More
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed December 3, the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) “launched Lives Without Limits, a campaign to promote the importance of including persons with disabilities in international exchange programs,” Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” The…More
Noting President Barack Obama on Monday at a World AIDS Day event at the White House announced $100 million would be redirected to “a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health [NIH] to advance research into an HIV cure,” ScienceInsider examines the funding’s source. “Obama did not specify where the money would be redirected…More
In a post in the ONE blog, Rajat Goyal, India country director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, reflects on progress in the global AIDS response, which he attributes largely to the development of and improved access to antiretroviral medicines, and he examines the need for a vaccine in order to bring an end to…More
“The world’s donor countries on Tuesday pledged $12 billion over three years to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” the New York Times reports. “The amount was more than the fund took in at its last pledge conference in 2010, but less than the $15 billion it had hoped for. And it…More
“As the global water resources become increasingly scarce, we must learn how to adapt to a new reality,” Christian Holmes, global water coordinator for USAID, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” He states, “In part, this means learning how to do more with less. Learning to use available water better, learning how to store water more…More
“I, along with eight fellow scientists, have proposed the establishment of a new human-immunology-based clinical-research initiative, the Human Vaccines Project,” Wayne Koff, senior vice president and chief scientific officer of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, writes in a Project Syndicate opinion piece. “In February 2014, leading scientists and public health specialists will gather in La…More
UNAIDS’ “Zero Discrimination” campaign, launched this week, “among other goals, seeks to discourage countries from criminalizing the transmission of HIV,” Slate reports. “Over 63 countries have laws on the books, mandating criminal penalties for HIV-positive people who engage in sex without disclosing their status, according to the organization,” the news service notes. “In addition to…More
World Economic Forum, 2005. (L to R) Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Thabo Mbeki, Tony Blair, Bono, Olusegun Obasango. WEF Philanthropic efforts have existed for centuries in order to improve Africa. Has it failed for centuries?