“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads this week on a seven-nation tour of Africa aiming to prove U.S. commitment to the continent after the administration’s early focus elsewhere,” AFP/ABS-CBN News reports.
A Lancet world report examines the growing threat of visceral leishmaniasis on populations in eastern Africa.
The U.S., WHO and representatives from 13 African countries on Monday launched an effort to boost the standards for quality medical labs on the continent, VOA News reports.
IAS Conference: Low-Cost CD4 Tests; HIV Prevalence Among Pregnant Zimbabweans; Treating HIV-TB With ARVs; Vaccine Trials
The following are stories fromÂ this week’sÂ 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention meeting in Cape Town, South Africa: SciDev.Net: Steven ReidÂ of theÂ Imperial College London spoke of three prototype tests he and his colleagues have been working on that would help to increase access to CD4…
Also In Global Health News: HIV Prevention In African Women; SIV In Chimps; Aid, Climate Partnerships; Obstetric Fistula
Reuters Examines UpcomingÂ HIV Prevention Trial In Africa Reuters examines plans for an upcoming HIV prevention trial of women living in Africa. The study, conducted by the U.S-funded Microbicide Trials Network, will help “determine whether some of the antiretroviral (ARV) medicines used to treat HIV can also be used to prevent…
South Africa’s tuberculosis treatment default rate has decreased and the treatment success rate has increased, a delegation from the WHO’s Stop TB Partnership said recently, SAPA/IOL reports.
John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, a former president of Ghana, has been named a global ambassador against hunger for the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP), Xinhua reports.
Also In Global Health News: Disease-Specific Initiatives; Polio In Pakistan; Mental Illness; Rep. Payne Interview
Disease-Specific Initiatives Produce Mixed Results, Survey Says Disease-specific initiatives, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and PEPFAR, are having mixed results on health systems in recipient countries and should be “retooled to become less disruptive,” according to a survey conducted by the NGO Groots Kenya…
MSM HIV Infection Rates In Some African Countries Significantly Higher Than General Population Rates, Study Says
HIV infection rates among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in “some African countries are 10 times that of the general male population, and stigma, poor access to treatment or testing are to blame,” according to a Lancet study published online on Monday, AFP/China Post reports.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday said food prices remain high in many developing countries because of reduced harvests, civil conflict and other factors, AP/Google.com reports.