Barcelona Hosts Week-long International AIDS Conference
Fifteen thousand delegates including researchers, activists, and health care professionals, convened in Barcelona, Spain yesterday for the opening session of the six-day International AIDS Conference. Troubled by the pandemic which has infected 40 million people worldwide with HIV, the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nation’s AIDS program (UNAIDS), and the International AIDS Society (IAS) urged the formation of an alliance to work alongside the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to expand expertise and assistance in developing countries.
According to the WHO, developing nations need roughly $10 billion a year for HIV programs—considerably more than the $2.8 billion they received this year. Even with price cuts from pharmaceutical companies and rising availability of generic drugs, UNAIDS physician Peter Piot says, “On the money front, we are moving. But it is not enough.” Sub-Saharan Africa, comprising just 11 percent of the global population, remains home to 70 percent of all infected individuals. HIV infection rates for Africa’s two most populous countries Nigeria and Ethiopia, with a combined population of 200 million, is expected to be around 20 percent by 2010. Botswana has a global high HIV infection rate of 40 percent.
Bush has blocked $34 million in US funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) which operates in over 130 countries across the globe providing maternal and child health programs, family planning programs, and programs aimed at the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV-AIDS.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .