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.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defundÂ Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Â Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell asÂ out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of twoÂ heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .