Meeting the enemy of antimicrobial resistance (and it is us), replenishing the Global Fund, and the return to Durban . . . we’re reading about the issues behind the conferences

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NewWWRAhead of the fifth conference to replenish the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria this week, and the United Nations high-level meeting next week to confront the global threat of antimicrobial resistance, we’re brushing up on the background and implications of the events. We’re also taking a look back, with a round-up of issues raised at AIDS 2016 in Durban in case you missed it . . .

The surprising history of the war on superbugs – From warnings issued in the 1950s to protect medicine’s best and strongest new resources, to a warning now that the fight to control superbugs may not have an end, this article traces the actions fueling resistance to antibiotics and makes the case the battle is not just against germs, but “our own habits . . .”

Replenishment round-up – Is almost good enough for a $4.3 billion U.S. pledge to the Global Fund that could push the international response near, but not all the way to, its $13 billion target? And for that matter, will it come through? Is Kenya’s $5 million pledge a harbinger of greater investment from similarly positioned countries? And will European countries confronting needs of refugees weigh responses to one vulnerable population against responses to another? These are some of the questions the latest issue of Global Fund Observer looks at in its round up of the latest developments in the fund’s fifth replenishment released a week before the meeting in Montreal that determine what the next phase of the worldwide collaboration against the diseases will bring.

AIDS 2016 Progress and Challenge – Actually we’re not reading this, because we wrote it, and released it just in time for summer reading. In case you missed it, here is the IDSA Global look at 21rst International AIDS Conference, and the advances, as well as the obstacles highlighted there.

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