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Siberian Mobile Clinic Initiative Works To Treat Drug-Resistant TB, NPR Reports

As part of an ongoing series on tuberculosis (TB), NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” program examine an initiative working to treat drug-resistant TB in Siberia, noting, “In parts of Siberia, nearly 30 percent of all tuberculosis cases aren’t treatable by two of the most potent medications, the [WHO]…

NPR Series Examines How Russian Prisons Treat Drug-Resistant TB Among Inmates

In its continuing series on drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” examine how the Russian prison system has teamed up with the non-profit Partners In Health to fight the disease among inmates. As part of the partnership, the Siberian facility called Medical and Penal Institution Number One…

Some Eastern European, Central Asian Countries Working To Improve Harm Reduction Programs

“As former presidents, senior diplomats and experts meet in the Lithuanian capital to discuss a litany of rights abuses, lethal epidemics and social destruction caused by repressive drug policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, pockets of hope for drug reform are emerging across the region,” Inter Press Service reports.…

U.N. Envoy Says Eastern Europe’s Criminal Prosecution Of IDUs Hinders HIV Fight

“The U.N. envoy for AIDS in Eastern Europe on Tuesday denounced the region, and Russia in particular, for its increasingly harsh criminal prosecution of drug [users], at a conference to curb the spread of HIV,” Agence France-Presse/France 24 reports. Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe…

E.U., Gates Foundation Pledge To Work To Fight Poverty-Related Diseases

“The European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged to work together to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other poverty-related diseases that together affect more than one billion people worldwide,” RTT News reports (6/10). “They hope to speed up the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics,” EurActiv.com writes…

Nutrition For Growth Summit Yields New Commitments To Tackle Malnutrition

“The Nutrition for Growth event held in London [on Saturday] delivered a new opportunity to further reduce the crippling impact of stunting and other forms of undernutrition for millions of children,” a UNICEF press release reports (6/8). “At the event, governments and development agencies made commitments [.pdf] of up to…

International Harm Reduction Conference Begins In Lithuania

The four-day International Harm Reduction Conference opened in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sunday, drawing “hundreds of scientists, politicians, researchers, health workers, doctors and activists from about 70 countries” to “focus on an HIV hotspot: central and eastern Europe and central Asia, where there are more than 3.7 million injecting drug users,…

First Case Of New Coronavirus Identified In France

“France has identified its first case of a new strain of coronavirus emerging from the Middle East in a person recently returned from the United Arab Emirates, the health ministry said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports (Bremer, 5/8). “France’s health minister, Marisol Touraine, said ‘this is an isolated case’ in France…

Washington Post Examines HIV, TB Epidemics In Russia

The Washington Post examines how the HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics are affecting Russia, where “HIV/AIDS was the third-largest cause of premature death,” according to recently released data in the Global Burden of Disease Study 2012 (GBD). “When the study grouped countries by income, Russia was compared to 14 others, including the…