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India, South Africa Team Up to Fight HIV

India and South Africa have partnered up to fight HIV/AIDS and develop a new vaccine to fight the HIV sub-type that is most prevalent in both countries, according to SciDev.net. The research initiative is expected to launch by the end of the year and marks a major turning point for "South-south" collaborations.

India and South Africa produce less than six percent of the world's research in basic science and health. So their collaboration is seen as a potential model for future developing country collaborations — and has implications way beyond HIV.

The $1 million dollar research initiative, already approved by both governments, will be for five years and will revolve around five core research groups in each country. Clade C HIV, which this research project will tackle, is one of 10 HIV sub-types. It accounts for over 90% of HIV infections in India and South Africa. The joint research will focus on designing antibodies against the clade C type.

"The major problem related to HIV/AIDS research is that ... with the exception of the USA, the industrialised countries are not interested," said New Delhi's International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Director, Virander Chauhan, in the SciDev.net report. "It is rich countries like Japan and Switzerland that should increase their research contribution in the field if society can expect to have a cure for HIV/AIDS." 

We reported earlier this month on India's recent ascension to becoming a major lifeline to the developing world, producing cheap, generic, life-saving drugs and vaccines. With this initiative, the world's largest democracy continues its bid to become a global leader in drug development — and proves that it can play well with others.

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  • Alicia Gaye Hockaday

    Hello everyone i want to share my testimony to as many people as i can.do not waist your eyes crying again like i used to do. i and my little baby used to live with the deadly disease HIV/AIDS. i have been living with this problem for the past four (4) years,i have gone to so many doctors,have taken some many treatment all to no avail.until my mother's friend who has learned about the disease through my mother introduced my mother to Dr Susan Akash. Herbal home,when i first wrote her she only just said do not worry your mum has told me everything,and she said again her Indian criscent husband will send the necessary things to prepare the medicine for myself and my baby,after few days i got the herbal through delivery and that was all. she sent me the cure and asked me to go for a test after fourteen(14) days and i went to my greatest surprise the test of both me and my child came out negative.i could not believe my eyes,i can smile today because of this woman,God will continue to ble

  • Alicia Gaye Hockaday

    Hello everyone i want to share my testimony to as many people as i can.do not waist your eyes crying again like i used to do. i and my little baby used to live with the deadly disease HIV/AIDS. i have been living with this problem for the past four (4) years,i have gone to so many doctors,have taken some many treatment all to no avail.until my mother's friend who has learned about the disease through my mother introduced my mother to Dr Susan Akash. Herbal home,when i first wrote her she only just said do not worry your mum has told me everything,and she said again her Indian criscent husband will send the necessary things to prepare the medicine for myself and my baby,after few days i got the herbal through delivery and that was all. she sent me the cure and asked me to go for a test after fourteen(14) days and i went to my greatest surprise the test of both me and my child came out negative.i could not believe my eyes,i can smile today because of this woman,God will continue to ble

  • Alicia Gaye Hockaday

    Hello everyone i want to share my testimony to as many people as i can.do not waist your eyes crying again like i used to do. i and my little baby used to live with the deadly disease HIV/AIDS. i have been living with this problem for the past four (4) years,i have gone to so many doctors,have taken some many treatment all to no avail.until my mother's friend who has learned about the disease through my mother introduced my mother to Dr Susan Akash. Herbal home,when i first wrote her she only just said do not worry your mum has told me everything,and she said again her Indian criscent husband will send the necessary things to prepare the medicine for myself and my baby,after few days i got the herbal through delivery and that was all. she sent me the cure and asked me to go for a test after fourteen(14) days and i went to my greatest surprise the test of both me and my child came out negative.i could not believe my eyes,i can smile today because of this woman,God will continue to ble