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Development Policy 01-12-2016

Europe has the potential to end HIV and AIDS by 2030

On World AIDS Day, many are hopeful that it will be possible to eliminate a killer disease that is set to affect more than one billion people by 2030, writes Cecile Vernant.

Development Policy 02-11-2016

Ex-development minister: ‘If men were the ones giving birth, healthcare would be better equipped’

Hundreds of thousands of women die during or after childbirth, and HIV often affects young women in poorer countries. Germany’s former Development Minister, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul told EURACTIV Germany that the EU has to do more to empower women.

Health 06-07-2016

Preventative drugs paving the way in fight against HIV

New drugs intended to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS were one of the stars of a medical conference held last year in Vancouver. This year’s edition will outline whether they are a viable treatment. EURACTIV’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.

Health 16-06-2016

Madagascar’s AIDS epidemic rages on undetected

An AIDS epidemic is sweeping through Madagascar’s high-risk populations, including gay men and sex workers. But a low detection rate means the statistics do not match the reality. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 20-05-2016

SDG progress hampered by insufficient mortality data

Life expectancy is at its highest in Europe and the average is globally rising at a significant rate except in Africa, according to new figures released by the World Health Organisation. But its work is being hurt by a lack of data to analyse. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Development Policy 26-04-2016

Corruption continues to hinder Global Fund’s work

The Global Fund has financed anti-malaria programmes in 100 countries since its foundation in 2002. However, there are flaws in the system and the spectre of corruption is ever present. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Development Policy 24-09-2015

Annick Girardin: ‘The SDGs can solve the causes of the migrant crisis’

International leaders will meet this week to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Annick Girardin told EURACTIV France that she believes this framework will respond to the root causes of the refugee crisis. 

Development Policy 16-09-2015

Three videos that explain this month’s big event in New York

If you haven’t heard about the Global Goals yet, you will soon. Later this month, leaders from around the world will get together at the United Nations in New York to agree on the world’s development agenda for the next 15 years—what they’re calling the Global Goals.

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Development Policy 02-03-2015

Ethiopian Minister of Health: We are the champions of country ownership in development

In an interview with EURACTIV, Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu described the impressive improvements of healthcare in his country over the last years, stressing that the reforms have been designed and implemented without following foreign prescriptions.

Development Policy 19-12-2014

France cuts AIDS budget

Budgetary austerity and commitments to fight the Ebola epidemic have forced France to cut its contributions to UNITAID, the international organisation that provides access to AIDS treatments in poor countries. EURACTIV France reports

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Development Policy 01-08-2013

EU pressed to do more to combat AIDS in Eastern Europe

AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are infectious diseases that together kill millions of people every year.
Recent EU and international efforts have resulted in a dramatic decrease of the global mortality rate caused by these infections, especially in Africa. However, the situation is now heading in the wrong direction in Eastern Europe. 

Development Policy 17-07-2013

As disease rates fall in Africa, EU urged to maintain health aid

African governments are spending more of their own money to combat the AIDS virus, malaria and other health plagues, but a senior global health official says progress in preventing infectious diseases could slow if the EU and other donors skimp on their aid.

Development Policy 09-04-2013

‘Difficult times’ in global fight against AIDS, TB and malaria

The organisation that finances the prevention and treatment of the AIDS virus and other global killers is urging top donors to provide an additional $15 billion (€11.5 billion) to fight infectious diseases over the next three years or risk reversing a decade of advances in care.

Development Policy 04-02-2013

Foreign aid for sexual health sparks hot budget debate

Conservatives opposed to using EU development aid to finance family planning services in poor nations have succeeded in recent years in reducing support for reproductive health services in poor nations, say health advocates who are now bracing for further cuts.

Health 05-10-2009

We can lead the fight to save children’s lives

Expanded access to pneumococcal vaccines is a key lever to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which include reducing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015, wrote UK MEP Michael Cashman for EURACTIV, casting light on inequities between rich and poor countries regarding the availability of vaccines.

EU urged to fund research on ‘terrible triangle’ of disease

The European Commission is failing to pay its "fair share" in funding research into the main poverty-related killers HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, according to health NGOs.

Health 21-01-2008

SMEs called to join HIV/AIDS fight in Africa

A report by Business Action for Africa highlights the role the private sector plays in fighting HIV/AIDS in developing countries and urges for best practice to be shared more effectively in order to involve more companies, in particular SMEs, in the process.

Health 27-11-2007

Experts call for earlier HIV testing in Europe

Health experts and stakeholders at the 'HIV in Europe 2007' conference have called on EU states to step up early diagnosis in a drive to improve the lives of people living with HIV and reduce transmission of the disease.

Health 14-11-2007

AIDS/HIV

HIV/AIDS is still prevalent, not only in developing countries but also in Europe. The number of reported HIV cases in EU member states has doubled since 1998 and half of the new cases affect people aged 15-25. A number of EU initiatives aim to increase understanding and awareness of HIV/AIDS issues and bring relief to the third world.

Health 09-07-2007

Interview: HIV/AIDS ‘growing rapidly’ in EU border countries

The EU should be more concerned about the fast-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in eastern Europe, says the executive director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, who also warns about 'its very dangerous combination' with drug-resistant tuberculosis in those countries.

Health 09-07-2007

‘EU has no real HIV/AIDS strategy for neighbouring countries’

Europe's strategy to combat HIV/AIDS in its neighbouring countries is mere words on paper and EU investment being put behind the response to HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in these countries is far from being enough, argues the executive director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Health 01-06-2007

EU to emphasise need for solidarity in access to AIDS drugs

The EU-27 health ministers have signalled their intention to negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry on access to anti-retroviral treatments at accessible prices, highlighting the need for solidarity with poorer nations.

Health 15-03-2007

Ministers invite media and business to join HIV/AIDS fight

Health ministers from Europe and neighbouring countries have invited the private sector, in particular the media, employers and pharmaceutical industry, to contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Health 13-03-2007

Ministers discuss EU’s HIV/AIDS prevention strategy

"As we are currently unable to heal AIDS, we have to focus our efforts on preventing infection," argued German Health Minister Ulla Schmidt at a ministerial conference on HIV/AIDS.