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Fully financing HIV response in Africa will save millions of lives – UNAIDS

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Fully financing HIV response in Africa will save million of lives – UNAIDS

Fully financing HIV response in Africa will save millions of lives – UNAIDS

The Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has said that fully financing the HIV response in Africa will produce substantial health, social and economic gains for the continent.

UNAIDS said this in a report entitled “A Triple Dividend: The Health, Social and Economic Gains From Financing the HIV Response on Africa”  published on Wednesday.

The report, based on research by the Economist Impact partnership across 13 African countries, estimates that millions of lives will also be saved if funding is forthcoming.

“Not only would there be between 40 and 90 per cent fewer new HIV infections, depending on the country, but investing in ending the HIV epidemic would also enhance educational outcomes, especially for young women and girls, reduce gender inequalities and boost economic growth.

“This report comes at a critical time with evidence that should act as a catalyst for political decisions to ensure full HIV funding that will have substantial social and economic outcomes.

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“It will put African countries on a path towards building more resilient healthcare systems and be better prepared for future pandemics,” said Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director.

The report demonstrates that failing to mobilise the required funding to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 has substantial health, social and economic costs.

“Countries in Africa are up against significant challenges to secure the necessary resources to increase domestic funding for the HIV response,” said Rob Cook, Clinical Programme Director at Economist Impact.

“Policymakers will need to think innovatively about how they can use existing financing more effectively.

“Drawing on existing community-centred networks could play a key role in both mobilising additional resources for the HIV response and ensuring that it is equitable and reaches those most in need,” he said.

Recent global crises, including COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine, have compromised efforts to address the HIV epidemic and placed strong pressure on financing for health and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to UNAIDS, young women, children and other vulnerable populations will pay the highest price as pre-existing health and socio-economic inequalities grow.

The significant fiscal challenges facing African countries has limited their ability to increase domestic financing for HIV response and constrained overall health budgets.

Economist Impact’s research points towards the need for policies that aim to both generate new revenue streams and maximise the use of existing funds and resources.

Global 2025 targets include reducing new HIV infections to under 370,000 (from 1.5 million in 2021), reducing HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women to less than 50,000, and reducing the number of people dying from AIDS-related illnesses to less than 250,000 compared with 650,000 in 2021.

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German Minister Commends Biden’s Campaign Withdrawal

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock praised US President Joe Biden’s decision to end his re-election campaign, emphasizing his prioritization of national interests.

Biden’s announcement, following concerns over his fitness for office, has left the Democratic Party in uncharted territory as Donald Trump’s campaign gains momentum.

Vice President Kamala Harris is now the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

Baerbock highlighted Biden’s role in maintaining strong international relations and NATO unity during his presidency, especially amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

She stressed the importance of continued US-European cooperation for global peace and security.

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U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to end his reelection campaign on Sunday followed a series of strategic missteps by his campaign team and White House aides. These errors amplified concerns that the 81-year-old president wouldn’t be able to win November’s election or run the country for another four years.

Biden’s halting performance at the June 27 presidential debate against Republican candidate Donald Trump pushed even some of his closest allies to question his endurance for a full campaign. This episode fueled a growing Democratic party movement questioning the wisdom of his second term. Within days, Biden went from the party’s figurehead to a liability, making him the first sitting president to stand down from a possible reelection since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.

Biden initiated the debate by telling radio show host Howard Stern in April that he’d engage Trump, despite worries from some Democratic allies that a debate might not improve his chances and could cast him in an unflattering light. Biden’s aides believed they had an advantage in agreeing to a June debate with CNN, setting the rules to favor Biden’s style. However, Biden’s performance during the debate, where he stumbled over his words and lost his train of thought, surprised and concerned voters, donors, and Democratic officials.

Following the debate, Trump criticized Biden’s incoherence, and Biden admitted his poor performance. Calls for Biden to step down began almost immediately. High-profile Democrats, including Jim Clyburn and Nancy Pelosi, began to question Biden’s viability as a candidate.

Despite efforts to regain momentum, including interviews, news conferences, and speeches, Biden continued to make missteps, such as confusing names at the NATO summit. Polls showed Biden trailing other Democrats in key states and districts, though the nationwide race remained close.

Biden was eventually persuaded to withdraw from the race while recovering from COVID-19 at his Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home, where he had time to reflect on his decision.

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Turkish Animal Rights Groups Protest Controversial Bill on Stray Animals

Animal rights groups in Turkey protested on Wednesday against a proposed bill that activists fear could lead to the mass euthanasia of stray dogs and other animals in certain circumstances.

A parliamentary commission began debating the contentious bill amid opposition from activists and lawmakers. Demonstrators gathered in Istanbul, holding signs with the word “Murder” in Turkish, urging the government to withdraw the proposal.

Activists across various cities, including Istanbul and Ankara, have mobilized against the plan put forth by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The draft bill, reviewed by dpa, seeks to amend a 2004 animal protection law, allowing for the euthanasia of street animals under specific conditions.

If approved by the commission, the proposal is likely to pass in parliament, where Erdoğan’s AKP holds a majority.

The bill calls for local authorities to collect stray animals and place them in shelters, aiming to find them homes. However, it permits euthanasia if an animal is deemed aggressive, poses a public safety threat, or has contagious diseases.

Activists argue that the criteria for euthanasia remain vague. Local media previously reported that the AKP intended to euthanize animals not adopted within 30 days, although this detail is not in the current draft. Despite this, activists maintain that the guidelines for euthanizing animals are still unclear.

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