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CNN, The Independent, VOA News Examine Technology, Health Systems In Developing Countries

CNN examines the increasing numbers of health workers using cell phone technology to monitor diseases in the developing world. The article features EpiSurveyor – “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…

Effort Launched To Strengthen African Medical Labs

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.

To Overcome Challenges In Africa’s Malaria Response, Focus On Testing, Treatment At Community Level

“Significant investment in malaria research has yielded effective interventions such as insecticide treated nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS) and artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) to control the disease, but its burden continues to be felt among the poorest,” George Okello, a research fellow at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and…

Cambodia, China Report Cases Of Avian Influenza H5N1

“Cambodia reported on Wednesday that another four-year-old girl has contracted avian influenza H5N1, becoming the seventh person [in the country to contract] the virus in 2013,” Xinhua reports (2/13). “Cambodia saw eight cases of avian flu, ending in eight deaths in the whole of 2011, according to WHO figures, while 2012 saw…

New Regulatory Agency In Africa Aims To Facilitate Approval Of CD4 Diagnostic Tests

Noting the WHO has called for 15 million people living with HIV to be receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) by 2015 and new WHO HIV treatment guidelines say ART should be prescribed when patients’ CD4 cell counts reach 500 cells/mm3, a higher threshold than previously recommended, The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals…

Researchers Find MERS Antibodies Among Camels, Providing Clue To Virus’s Origin

“Camels may be a carrier of the mysterious virus that has infected at least 94 people in the Middle East and killed half of them, scientists are reporting,” the New York Times reports (Grady, 8/8). “Since the virus was first identified last September, there have been 94 illnesses, including 46…