The Obama administration on Thursday said a nationwide vaccination program could begin as early as mid-October to protect Americans from the H1N1 (swine flu) virus and pledged $350 million to help prepare communities across the country for this effort, the Washington Times reports.
The White House announced on Monday that the U.S. and Russia have signed on to a “memo of understanding” to cooperate on several public health and medical science projects, ModernHealthcare.com reports.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Thursday emphasized the importance of developing countries having access to a vaccine that offers protection against the H1N1 (swine flu), “that has killed over 200 people and infected tens of thousands worldwide,” AFP/MSN Philippine News reports.
Some Pacific Health Summit attendees said more action should have come from the tuberculosis-focused conference, which ended on Thursday in Seattle, Seattle Times’ “Business of Giving” blog reports.
CNN examines the success of an HIV testing campaign in Swaziland that urges couples to get tested together.
Also In Global Health News: Bubonic Plague; Deworming, Measles Vaccination Campaigns; African Science
WHO To Investigate Reported Bubonic Plague Cases In Libya The WHO is sending a team to investigate an apparent bubonic plague outbreak in Libya after authorities reported detecting between 16 and 18 cases of the disease in the coastal town of Tubruq, Reuters reports. John Jabbour, a Cairo-based emerging diseases…
CNN examines theÂ increasing numbers of health workers using cell phone technology to monitor diseases in the developing world. The article features EpiSurveyor â€“ “a free, open-source application designed for personal digital assistants” that can be downloaded onto cell phones, so that officials can “gather data directly from the site of…
PTI/Hindu reports on the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) â€“ an “international network of malaria scientists,” which will be “established to map the emergence of resistance” to malaria drugs and “guide global efforts to control and eradicate the disease.”
The Economist examines how mobile phones could be used to detect the spread of diseases worldwide.
Also in Global Health News: Pakistan Polio Vaccine Effort; New GHC President; Tanzania Expanding RDTs; HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trial; Thailand HIV Effort
Pakistan Launches Polio Vaccine Effort Pakistani health officials on WednesdayÂ announced a three-dayÂ nationwideÂ anti-polio vaccination campaign targeting theÂ children ofÂ internally displaced persons (IDPs)Â camps, theÂ News InternationalÂ reports. The announcment was made at a UNICEF-sponsored ceremony held at a Peshawar schoolÂ (Mahmood, News International, 5/28). Altaf Bosan, who leads the expanded immunization program,Â said that targeting…