[Republished from The Lancet] Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, examines the issues around the pending appointment of a new executive director for UNAIDS, as well as the candidates for the post, following the May resignation of executive director Michel Sidibé. The selection process has fueled questions about who may now be best positioned to […] Continue reading ->
In what should prove reassuring to many women, a large clinical study in four African countries has found no significant difference in the risk of HIV infection among women using progestogen-based hormones or copper-bearing IUDs as contraception. However with “unacceptably high” rates of HIV infection among users of both contraceptive modes during the study, adoption […] Continue reading ->
[UNAIDS Press Release] GENEVA, 11 June 2019— UNAIDS applauds the landmark decision of the High Court of Botswana to declare unconstitutional key provisions of Sections 164 and 167 of the Botswana Penal Code. Those provisions criminalized certain private sexual acts and have led to discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in […] Continue reading ->
The latest working draft World Health Assembly resolution calling for game-changing public disclosure of the prices paid for medicines, vaccines and other health products by countries and health systems shows a broad coalition of countries from Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia forming around the compromise draft. The draft, obtained Sunday by Health Policy Watch, […] Continue reading ->
After a grueling 34 hours of nearly non-stop negotiations, World Health Assembly delegates appeared to be close to a final agreement Saturday evening on a resolution supporting more systematic disclosure of prices for medicines purchased and sold on national and global markets; a “drafting group” is expected to reconvene Monday morning to put the finishing […] Continue reading ->
While delegates remained bogged down today in negotiations to find consensus on a resolution to increase transparency of pharma prices, five United Nations agencies and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria forged a brand new collaboration to promote local production of medicines. The World Health Organization, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), […] Continue reading ->
As the debate over a draft resolution supporting greater price transparency for medicines in national and global markets intensifies, with closed-door consultations among countries at the 72nd World Health Assembly continuing late into the night, Health Policy Watch continues to feature diverse “Inside Views” on this charged issue. Here, Suerie Moon, MPA PhD, faculty member […] Continue reading ->