NN: Encouraging Reports
>> Africa Makes Modest But Steady Progress In HIV Prevention, Medical News Today (Sept. 4, 2008)
A new WHO report indicates that a number of African countries have increased HIV testing and counselling, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, access to antiretroviral drugs, and other important programs “since the WHO Regional Office for Africa spearheaded the launch, in 2006, of an initiative to accelerate HIV prevention in the Region.”
>> British Paediatric Surveillance Unit Data Confirms HIV Antenatal Screening Policies Are Reducing The Rate Of Mother To Child Transmission, Medical News Today (Sept. 3, 2008)
A study shows that while the number of children born to HIV-positive women in Britain has increased, “the proportion of infants who are themselves infected has declined.”
>> The good fight, Los Angeles Times (Aug. 2, 2008)
This editorial discusses the recent UNAIDS 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic, noting that while much remains to be done, positive progress has been made.
AIDS advocates have a tough time acknowledging good news because they don’t want donor nations to get complacent. We’re nowhere close to a victory in the war on AIDS, and even with the uptick in spending, the world probably will fail to meet the U.N. goal of universal access to treatment by 2010. Donors and recipient countries are still doing plenty of things wrong, mostly because both find it difficult to reach out to the stigmatized communities most at risk. But they’re doing plenty right too, and for that they deserve more credit than they usually get.