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3pm – Just announced: The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is now the first patent-holder to share intellectual property with the Medicines Patent Pool. The pool is a recently-established initiative – funded by UNITAID – to expand access to treatments in developing countries. The announcement is here.

Ken Mayer – co-chair of the Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee – has a review article on the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) as HIV prevention in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Public Health. In it, he and co-author Kartik Venkatesh, PhD, discuss the status and prospects for successful use of ART in decreasing HIV transmission globally.

Plan USA released the video above as part of its “Because I Am a Girl” campaign, which focuses this year on how the digital world impacts women and girls. Kate Darlington gives a good overview of the report and campaign at Change.org, relating it to the increasing focus on women and girls as the key to reducing poverty and disease. The report, called “Digital and Urban Frontiers: Girls in a Changing Landscape,” is available through Plan USA [PDF].

HIV infection in Ukraine continues to spread, with the government doing little to intervene. David L. Stern at GlobalPost writes that the ex-Soviet republic has an estimated 360,000 people living with AIDS or HIV.

CAPRISA researchers – who released news of a groundbreaking vaginal gel that would give women the power to protect themselves from HIV this summer – are struggling to find funding for confirmatory trials. The Science and Development Network reports a shortage of $42 million, money needed to support the studies and product licensing. ScienceSpeaks reported on this topic and how the U.S. is working to fund CAPRISA in a recent post.

The UN Foundation released a short film outlining the Global Fund’s success in addressing the MDGs, narrated by Dr. Jane Goodall. The full film is available at GlobalHealthTV.

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