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Global challenges and opportunities in fighting HIV/AIDS and neglected diseases
Date:11/3/2009

etts Institute of Technology's Jeffrey E. Harris contends that the economic challenges are just as real. Among the issues that need to be addressed are a lack of incentives for fostering cooperation among private-sector parties and regulatory conflicts that promote public welfare but impinge on individual rights.

  • Meanwhile, Judith Auerbach of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation argues that the focus of HIV prevention needs to be broadened, from changing the behavior of individuals to enabling societal-level health promotion and disease prevention that will have positive impacts beyond HIV/AIDS. She cites cost-effective interventions -- such as empowering women in poor countries and providing stable housing for the homeless -- that have shown good results.

  • The global response to the AIDS pandemic aims for universal access to treatment and for pursuing every avenue for prevention. But given limited funding availability, Dan W. Brock, a professor at the Harvard School of Medicine, and Daniel Wikler of the Harvard School of Public Health assert that there is a moral imperative for shifting priorities to prevention, which ultimately will save more lives -- even if such a change in course slows progress toward the goal of universal treatment access.

    It's Time To Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Approximately 1 billion people, mostly in the developing world, die or are sickened by a class of infectious diseases often referred to as "neglected" tropical diseases. Today, more than 30 diseases caused by worms, protozoa, bacteria, fungi, or viruses afflict the poorest people in the poorest countries, and collectively cause as much burden as does malaria or AIDS. Global health researchers argue these conditions are demonstrably treatable and can even be eliminated without a large investment of dollars.

    Another cluster of papers and perspectives in Health Affairs focuses on strategies and policies for fighting
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