VOA News reports that fake pharmaceuticals pose a greater risk to stability and human security in West Africa than illegal drug trafficking, according to U.N. Office Against Drugs and Crime report.
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MMWR Examines Polio Eradication In India The latest edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report includes an article about polio eradication in India, which is the “most populous of the four remaining countries (including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan) where transmission of wild poliovirus (WPV) has never been interrupted.” According to…
President Obama is expected to arrive in Accra, Ghana, Friday night, the AP/Google.com reports. White House adviser Michelle Gavin said the president chose to travel to Ghana “because it’s such an admirable example of strong, democratic governance, vibrant civil society” (Babington, 7/10). Â The following are opinion pieces reflecting on his…
The Washington Post reports: “Leaders of the world’s major economies pledged Friday to raise $20 billion over the next three years for food and agricultural aid to the world’s most impoverished countries.”
IRIN reports that Ghanaians “are mixing high hopes with caution” in anticipation of President Obama’s arrival in the country Friday â€“ “his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa.”
G8 Addresses Developing Nation Economic Assistance, Reforming African Aid, Establishing Farming Investment, Food Security, Climate Change
Leaders of the world’s five biggest developing economies (G5) â€“ Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa â€“ joined the G8 summit on Thursday in an effort to get international financial institutions to use their “multi-billion dollar government bailouts to help developing countries emerge from the economic crisis,” AFP/Google.com reports.
Economic Crisis Presents Opportunity To Reform Pharmaceutical Practices In Africa, Says UNAIDS Head With an estimated 22 million people living with HIV in Africa, the demand for affordable and effective HIV/AIDS medications on the continent presents an opportunity to reform its pharmaceutical practices, Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, writes…
Also In Global Health News: Potential New Drug-Resistant TB Treatment; HIV/AIDS Education; Interview With Assistant Secretary of State Carson; African Health Systems
Parkison’s Disease Drugs Could Treat MDR-TB, XDR-TB Researchers said “computer models and lab experiments suggest the drugs tolcapone or Tasmar made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, and entacapone or Comtan made by Novartis AG [used to treat Parkinson’s disease] have the potential to treat” multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant TB, Reuters…
WHO leaders and international health ministers met Thursday for a two-day meeting in Cancun, Mexico, to share the lessons learned from the spread of H1N1 (swine flu) (Xinhua, 7/3) and strategies for “battling the pandemic,” the AP/Washington Post reports.
The Wellcome Trust on Thursday pledged 30 million pounds or about $50 million to support health research at more than 50 African institutions, Nature reports.