During his visit to Ghana over the weekend, President Obama praised the country for its achievements while calling on African leaders to take responsibility for the future of the continent, CNN reports.
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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…
Recent Releases: TB Plans Compared; Seasonal Hunger; Getting Health Workers In Underserved Places; Antiretroviral Drugs To Prevent HIV
Economic Benefits Of Global Plan To Stop TB Examined A study, recently published in the journal Health Affairs, analyzes the costs associated with the Global Plan to Stop TB and compared them to the cost of sustaining the DOTS treatment program. The study finds that the “economic benefits” of the…
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.
The Wall Street Journal examines how some U.S. health care programs are improving their treatment capabilities by learning from strategies used in developing countries.
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…
News Reports Examine Patients Unable To Pay Health Bills in Kenya’s “Cash Starved” Hospitals; “Bad Shape” Of Uganda’s Facilities
The Los Angeles Times examines several stories of patients too poor to pay their hospital bills in Kenya that were held in a “makeshift patients’ prison,” until they escape or settle their debt.
Fox News examines a U.S.-supported program in Iraq that is equipping women with the skills they need to become nursing aids.
The New York Times profiles the Comprehensive Disaster Relief Services (CDRS) hospital in Chikar, Pakistan, which was started by American Todd Shea after the 2005 earthquake in that country.