Lancet Infectious Diseases Editorial Reflects On Need To Integrate HIV/AIDS, TB Prevention, Treatment Services Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, held July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria, a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial notes, “While there has been welcome progress in making ART available, HIV/AIDS raises other challenges that we are only…
“African nations led by Somalia, Mauritania and Sudan have the most precarious water supplies in the world while Iceland has the best,” according to a report released Thursday, Reuters reports.
Also In Global Health News: South Africa TB Study; Plight Of Widows; Africa Invests In Science; Global Fund Money To Indonesia
Study In South Africa Examines TB/HIV Coinfection, MDR-TB Researchers found that 50 percent of deceased patients at a hospital in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal were infected with active tuberculosis, and 17 percent of those with active TB had a multi-drug resistant strain, according to a PLoS Medicine study…
The NIH on Tuesday announced a partnership with Wellcome Trust and the African Society for Human Genetics that will enable African researchers to “use the latest genetic and clinical technology to study common health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and other diseases,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 6/22).
Miller-McCune Examines Debate Over Redistribution Of Some Foreign Aid Funds From HIV/AIDS To Other Diseases
Through the lens of health conditions faced by people in Mbarara, Uganda, Miller-McCune examines the debate over redistributing some foreign aid funds from HIV/AIDS to fight other diseases.
Opinions: Canada’s Role In Global Health; Drug Licensing Agreements Promote Drug Access; Funding For USAID, State; Haiti
Canada Must Lead To EnsureÂ Robust Efforts In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria After outlining the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, the organization’s executive director, highlights the role Canada can play in determining “whether the world can overcome AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria”…
East African Business Week/allAfrica.com reports on the recent decision by the World Bank to back the creation of “a unique regional network of 25 public health laboratories” in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda with $63.66 million in support.
Thousands of protesters in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday “demand[ed] the U.S. increase its AIDS funding for Africa,” the Associated Press reports (Naki, 6/17). The protesters delivered a letter to the consulate saying the U.S. is “cutting funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” which health advocates believe could lead “other countries to follow suit and reduce funding for the fight against HIV,” Agence France-Presse writes (6/17). The protests were organized by the Treatment Action Campaign and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) together with a range of civil society organizations, Mail & Guardian reports.
Maternal, Infant ART Drives Down Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission Through Breast-Feeding, Studies Show
According to two new studies, “giving pregnant and nursing women triple antiretroviral drug therapy, or treating breast-fed infants with an antiretroviral medication, can dramatically cut transmission rates, enabling moms to both breast-feed and to protect nearly all children from infection,” HealthDay News/Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Goodwin, 6/16).
Also In Global Health News: Kyrgyzstan Aid; Malaria Progress In Angola; Zambia Downplays Freeze; Bolivia Objects To USAID; Testing HIV Earlier
U.S. Commits $6.5 Million To Kyrgyzstan The U.S. has pledged $6.5 million in humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan, Agence France-PresseÂ reports. “[W]e continue to monitor both Kyrgyzstan’s aid requirements, the status of its refugees, and will provide additional assistance as necessary,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said (6/16). VOA News reports that…