UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership joined together on Thursday at the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria, with the goal of preventing 200,000 deaths annually from HIV and tuberculosis co-infection, Agence France-Presse reports. TB is the number one killer of people living with HIV/AIDS (Ingham, 7/22).
A new diagnostic tool that shortens the diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from eight weeks to two hours should be made available to vulnerable populations according to a WHO expert, Reuters reports.
Asian Development Bank, U.N. Call On Asia-Pacific Countries To Increase Investments In Agriculture To Ensure Food Security
Countries in Asia and the Pacific should increase investment in agriculture by $120 billion annually through 2050 to address hunger and prevent major food price increases, U.N. and Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials said Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.
Also In Global Health News: Kyrgystan Appeals For Aid; TB In Western Pacific; Pakistan Water Crisis; Zimbabwe Medical Fees; Measuring TB
Kyrgystan Asks For $1.2BÂ In Aid To Rebuild Country “Kyrgyzstan’s government appealed to an international donors conference Tuesday for $1.2 billion in aid to rebuild the country after months of political and ethnic violence,” the Associated Press reports. The conflict “ravaged major markets and businesses, depriving the south of important sources…
The number of children who die before age 5 has declined by one-third since 1990, Reuters reports.
A new evidence-based map estimates that in 2009 2.85 billion people lived “at risk of infection” with the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, reports BMJ News. A new study, published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, shows P vivax “is more widespread and potentially represents a greater burden on human health in some parts of the world than P falciparum, the species usually associated with the greatest mortality and morbidity,” BMJ News writes (Moszynski, 8/3).
South Asia is “lagging behind” in poverty and hunger reduction and is “in danger” of missing key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, a U.N. official told Asian ministers gathered to discuss MDGs progress, Agence France-Presse reports. At the meeting, “senior officials told delegates from dozens of countries that global food, energy and financial crises in recent years had jeopardized progress toward achieving the goals set for 2015,” the news service writes.
ASEAN Representatives Participate In Week-Long Exercise Aimed At Improving Region’s Pandemic Response
A group of experts from Southeast Asia gathered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Monday for the start of a week-long exercise to help bolster “the capabilities of [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] ASEAN member states, both individually and collectively, to prepare for and respond to a severe pandemic with potentially devastating effects on the region,” Agence France-Presse reports (8/17).
A Scientific American series examines how recent scientific advances can guide future efforts to thwart HIV/AIDS and also looks at the epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) and injecting drug users (IDUs).
Also In Global Health News: Disaster Preparedness In Asian Health Sector; PEPFAR In Uganda; Malnutrition In Chad
IRIN Examines Disaster Preparedness In Asian Health Sectors IRIN reports on disaster preparedness in Asian health sectors. According to the news service, nine countries working with Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) “have emergency preparedness plans in place for their health sectors.” The article includes comments by Frederick John Abo…