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world aids dayA new report issued by the International AIDS Society (IAS) reveals the scale of the future challenge for HIV treatment and prevention at a time when new infections are outstripping those receiving treatment by five to two.

While significant progress has been made towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, with a consistent increase in funding for the AIDS sector between 2001 and 2008 resulting in an estimated 5.2 million people receiving life-saving treatment by 2009, compared with only 500,000 in 2003, the IAS report reveals that the progress made in the sector is under threat.

Theo Chambers, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Panama Medical Tourism portal will be a keynote speaker at the First International Health Food Festival in Panama (Festival Internacional de Comida Sana). Chambers has partnered with Eric De Ycaza, Co-founder and CEO, to produce one of the most comprehensive portals, envisioned as the premier site for Medical Tourism in Panama.

Chambers will speak under his LatinCaribe Wellness Network brand, the trade show and conference production arm of PanaCarib, Panama. He is the Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of PanaCarib, an Internet marketing communications and management Company. A pioneer in health and wellness tourism in Jamaica and the Caribbean over the past ten years, Theo Chambers and his team produced the first wellness conference in Panama entitled: VeggieFest Caribbean & Latin America Wellness Festival, April 10 -11, 2010 at Parque Omar.

Miami Dade College (MDC) and Nova Southeastern University (NSU) are now partners in an ongoing project aimed at providing local residents low-cost dental services performed by dental students from both academic institutions once a week for the remainder of the year. The new Community Collaborative Partnership between NSU's School of Dental Medicine and MDC's Dental Hygiene Program officially began at the start of this fall semester.

Upper level dental students will directly treat patients at MDC's Dental Hygiene Clinic on a one-month rotation basis, one day a week until the end of the academic year. Six students from NSU are assigned each week and approximately 24 patients will be served each day. MDC dental hygiene students will provide services such as cleanings, sealants, and X-Rays.

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The United States said it has partnered with the Guyana government and pharmaceutical companies in expediting the registration of HIV/AIDS drugs for children.

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby said here last month that the new public-private partnership between the Bharrat Jagdeo administration in Guyana and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) would make “safe pediatric HIV medications available faster in Guyana by expediting the country's drug registration process.

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