CNN’s “the chart” blog examines the rising number of cholera cases around the world. In addition to the cholera outbreak in Haiti, “[a]s of this month, four African nations – Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger – have reported more than 40,000 cases of cholera and more than 2,000 deaths. And Pakistan, a country that is still suffering from the effects of horrific floods, also is reporting 100+ cases of cholera since last month.”
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.
“A large polio outbreak in Tajikistan â€“ Europe’s first in years â€“ has the potential to further spread the dangerous virus to other regions of the world, the [editors of] the Canadian Medical Association Journal [CMAJ] warned Wednesday” in an editorial appearing in the journal, the Canadian Press reports.
The World Bank, WHO and UNAIDS on Monday released a joint report that pulls together data characterizing the HIV/AIDS epidemic from 23 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, IRIN reports (6/30).
During the WHO’s recent executive board meeting, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan reflected on public health gains over the past decade and the challenges that lie ahead, Nigeria’s Guardian reports. Chan commended the international community’s response to H1N1 and global efforts to reduce child mortality, fight malaria and tuberculosis.
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Automatic TB Diagnostic Technology To aid with tuberculosis diagnostics, Guardian Technologies, a company that originally worked with airport X-ray scanners, “has developed a system that automatically scans microscope slides for the [TB] bacillus,” the New York Times reports. “The company’s software algorithms can spot distinctive shapes, colors and densities that…
IPS Reports On Stigma, Discrimination Among People Living With HIV/AIDSÂ In ChinaÂ In follow-up coverage of the news that China lifted a decades-old HIV/AIDSÂ travel ban, Inter Press Service reports that “erasing the stigma attached” to the virus is difficult in China.Â “‘What we are lacking now is in-depth HIV and AIDS…
“[F]or many low-income populations, [tuberculosis (TB)] is nothing less than a modern-day public health emergency,” and “[t]o make things worse, many of these patients [a]re living with HIV,” U.N. Under-Secretary General and UNITAID Chair Philippe Douste-Blazy writes in a Huffington Post “Impact” blog opinion piece. “There is hope though, and a new piece of…
The Agence-France Press examines the debate over how much developed countries are spending to fight the H1N1 virus.
The AP/San Francisco Chronicle examines Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers’ efforts to create an automated network to monitor animals in an effort to predict disease outbreaks because two out of every three human diseases “originated in animals.”