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Also In Global Health News: Potential New Drug-Resistant TB Treatment; HIV/AIDS Education; Interview With Assistant Secretary of State Carson; African Health Systems

Parkison’s Disease Drugs Could Treat MDR-TB, XDR-TB Researchers said “computer models and lab experiments suggest the drugs tolcapone or Tasmar made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, and entacapone or Comtan made by Novartis AG [used to treat Parkinson’s disease] have the potential to treat” multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant TB, Reuters…

India To Provide Incentives For Medical Professionals To Work In Rural, Underserved Areas

In an effort to encourage medical professionals to provide services to low-income rural populations in India, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced an initiative that will significantly raise the salary of “doctors, specialists and para-medical staff” who elect to work in “rural, particularly far-flung and inaccessible areas,” the Hindu reports.

IPS Examines Obstetric Fistula In Southern Senegal

Inter Press Service News Agency examines the prevalence of obstetric fistula in the southern region of Senegal. According to state reproductive health officials in the town of Kolda, 58 percent of births take place at home without medical assistance.

Also In Global Health News: Malawi ARV Program; Health Care In Gaza; Pneumonia Vaccine In Kenya; South African Pregnant Women And HIV; Uganda’s Food Shortage

Malawian Government Supplies 250,000 HIV-Positive Citizens With Free Antiretrovirals The government of Malawi supplies 250,000 of its HIV positive citizens with antiretrovirals (ARVs) free of charge, Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika said during an AIDS candlelight memorial outside of the capital city, Blantyre, on Sunday, the AFP reports. The president…