We've all heard the myths and hypotheses about the origins of the epidemic caused by the HI virus, but a new book, “Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It”, sheds more light on where it all began. It is a fascinating account of the medical detective work that traced the disease to Cameroon a century ago.
“AIDS is not a new disease. With ‘Tinderbox’ we wanted to write a defining AIDS book for this generation that will get people excited to talk about AIDS again. We were able to apply new discoveries on the origin of AIDS,” said Daniel Halperin, who co-wrote the book with American journalist Craig Timberg.
Missing the Target 9 -- The Long Walk: Ensuring comprehensive care for women and families to end vertical transmission of HIV
New research by community activists from Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Nigeria finds that women’s health is still not a priority within programmes to prevent vertical transmission of HIV, despite all the recent declarations and summits on maternal health. The research report was launched at the African AIDS Conference (ICASA) in Addis Ababa. It calls for more comprehensive care for women and families as part of the drive to end vertical transmission of HIV.
If BMW made a car that was sold to one billion people worldwide, and had a fatal mechanical flaw--it locked passengers into their seatbelts and suddenly accelerated uncontrollably, crashing and killing half of its owners--surely the car would be pulled immediately off the road with great scandal, and probably tarnish the company's reputation for decades. But today, tobacco is sold to about one billion people worldwide and kills almost half of them; it requires about five to seven attempts on average to quit smoking because of addictive materials in tobacco products; and while sales have diminished in the United States, they are accelerating and even being sponsored by governments in some low- and middle-income countries, where 80% of smokers live.