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Science Special Issue Reports On Malaria

This week’s issue of Science features news articles focusing on recent progress on malaria control in Africa and discussing future challenges, including drug resistance.

AP Examines HIV Microbicides, PrEP Research

“Try after try to make vaginal creams that could repel the AIDS virus have failed. Now researchers are testing if a drug used to treat HIV infection finally might give women a tool to prevent it – by infusing the medicine into vaginal gels and contraceptive-style rings,” the Associated Press reports in a piece that examines researchers’ latest efforts to create effective HIV microbicides, ahead of the biennial International Microbicides Conference next weekend.

Opinion: Expanding Global Fund; Repurposing Wastewater; Financing Global Health Needs

Opinion Piece Outlines Challanges Facing Global Fund In an Economic Times opinion piece, Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute at Columbia University outlines what he sees as “two huge challenges facing” the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: “The first is lack of financing. … The second challenge is to…

To Reduce Spread Of HIV/AIDS, IFRC Calls For More Focus On IDU Programs

Ahead of World AIDS Day, the International Federation of the Red Cross on Friday released a report (.pdf) calling for governments around the world to do more to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS among populations of injecting drug users (IDUs), the Associated Press reports (Heilprin, 11/25).

NIH Announces It Will Share IP Rights To Some AIDS Drugs In UNITAID Patent Pool

The NIH announced Thursday “it will share intellectual property rights on some AIDS drugs in a patent pool designed to make treatments more widely available to the poor,” Reuters reports. The move makes the NIH the “the first research institution to join an HIV medicines patent pool launched by UNITAID, a health financing system funded by a tax on airline tickets which was co-founded by Brazil, Britain, Chile, France, and Norway in 2006,” the news service adds (Kelland, 9/30).

Also In Global Health News: Flooding, HIV Treatment Adherence, and Economic Growth In Africa; China Detects Superbug; U.S. Aid To Myanmar; Cash-Transfer Programs

1.8M Now Affected By Flooding In West And Central Africa; Hardest Hit-Benin Struggles With Disease, Damaged Health Centers Flooding continues to devastate Central and West Africa – more than 1.8 million people have been affected and 400 killed, according to the U.N., United Press International reports. “The nation of Benin has…

AP Series Examines Worldwide Impact Of Drug Resistance

The Associated Press reports on how the misuse of drugs worldwide has contributed to drug-resistant diseases in a series of articles following a six-month investigation by the news service. The AP examines growing resistance to HIV drugs: “Ten years ago, between 1 percent and 5 percent of HIV patients worldwide…

Antibiotics Not Being Used Properly, Leading To ‘Apocalyptic Scenario’ Of Drug-Resistant Infections, England’s Chief Medical Officer Says

“The rise in drug-resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming, according to the chief medical officer for England,” BBC News reports. Professor Dame Sally Davies “said bacteria were becoming resistant to current drugs and there were few antibiotics to replace them,” the news service adds (Gallagher, 1/24). “‘It is clear…

U.S. News Examines Growing Threat Of Drug-Resistant TB

U.S. News & World Report examines the growing epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), highlighting a “new paper published earlier this week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal warn[ing] that the first cases of ‘totally drug-resistant’ tuberculosis have been found in South Africa and that the disease is…

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