Sachs on global health crossroads, Tutu on the Endgame, an aging epidemic, from helplessness to hope . . . We’re reading about sticking with it

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NewWWRGlobal Fight Against Killer Diseases at Crossroads – Afterhearing Jeffrey Sachs speak with authority and outrage about priorities that could leave a full replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in doubt, it was good to see this piece by him, published 30 days ahead of the Dec. 3 gathering in Washington, DC that will decide the reach, ambition  and success of public health efforts worldwide for the next three years. It summarizes points made in his talk (including that the amount aimed for is “paltry” should be doubled), and points out that the degree of success in meeting that modest goal will add up to a choice made for other people: life or death.

TUTU: Beat AIDS, TB and Malaria – Political will may falter, donor commitment may weaken, but the world still has Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who in this video recorded in June 2013 for the Endgame Campaign, describes the healthier, more humane, more just future he envisions in a world free of unnecessary deaths and suffering from AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria.

HIV and Aging – In the meantime, the global HIV epidemic isn’t getting any younger, and neither are the growing numbers of people surviving with the virus. While this reflects on the success of efforts — to make antiretroviral medicine available to more people, and to cut incidence among the youth, it also presents challenges and a reminder that a single approach won’t defeat the epidemic, this supplement to UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013 says.

The Lancet Nov. 2, 2013 – A series of commentaries in this edition that are available to registered users including by Anthony Fauci and Hilary Marsten on Achieving an AIDS-free World: Science and Implementation, by Kenneth Mayer on Thinking about an AIDS end game, and, by Myron Cohen and others, a review Antiretroviral treatment of HIV-1 prevents transmission of HIV-1: Where do we go from here?

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