The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Thursday that Joe Cerrell, who currently leads the foundation’s global health policy and advocacy group, will head a new Gates Foundation office in London beginning in January 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Beginning on Thursday, “Mumbai, Indiaâ€™s commercial capital, will shut schools and movie theaters as swine flu-related deaths jumped, ignoring federal government advice to keep educational institutions open,” Bloomberg reports.
TIME examines the “quiet revolution [now] under way” to treat diarrhea using zinc supplements.
After arriving in South Africa on Thursday as part of her 11-day African tour, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “encouraged South Africa to take a leadership role on the political crisis in neighboring Zimbabwe,” Bloomberg reports (Zacharia, 8/7).
“The U.N. unveiled a multimillion dollar strategy a dozen years ago to save children worldwide, but a new [Lancet] study has found the program had surprisingly little effect in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries,” the Associated Press reports.
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China Daily explores how a new anti-smoking initiative in China targets the country’s medical professionals.
Gates Foundation Donates Additional $80M To Indian HIV-Prevention Program, Receives Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give an additional $80 million to Avahan, a foundation initiative launched in 2003 for HIV prevention programs in India, Bill Gates said on Thursday, the Seattle Times blog, “Business of Giving” reports.
“A typhoid vaccine proved effective in the slums of India, where it not only helped prevent infection in children who received it, but also those in close contact who were unvaccinated,” according to a New England Journal of Medicine study published on Thursday, the AP/Washington Post reports (Chang, 7/22).
An experimental malaria vaccine created by “an approach pioneered more than 30 years ago but abandoned as wildly impractical” is about to be tested on humans, the Seattle Times reports.