“The new government of President Jacob Zuma seems to have a clearer-eyed view of the [HIV/AIDS] problem, its remedies and the need to improve the overall health care system” in South Africa, according to a New York Times editorial.
Despite Financial Crisis, Africa Must Focus On Health, Rwandan President Says At WHO Regional Meeting
Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the opening of the 59th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, urged delegates from across the continent to focus on promoting health, New Times/allAfrica.com reports.
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Flu, Cholera Strikes Papua New Guinea “Twin outbreaks of a flu-like illness and dysentery in a remote region of Papua New Guinea have killed 47 people and infected another 2,000 villagers, a senior medical official said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. According to provincial health adviser Doctor Theo Likei, the WHO…
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced that Stefano Bertozzi will head up its HIV programs starting August 31, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports.
TIME examines the debate over the Ugandan government’s recent decision to use money from the U.N. Population Fund to purchase and distribute 100,000 female condoms to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The Globe and Mail writes that “[w]hen India announced in 2007 that it had 2.3 million people living with HIV, rather than the 5.7 million reported the year before, the government first attributed much of the change to better data collection. Many in the AIDS field were skeptical.”
Uganda Has Enough ARVs Until Year End Zainab Akol, Uganda’s AIDS Control Program director, said the health ministry has acquired enough antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to provide treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS until the end of the year, New Vision reports. In addition to 30 tons of drugs, the ministry…
The Economist examines how Africa’s economic growth is resulting in a demographic transition “that others have already traced: as people get richer, they have fewer children” and poses the question: “Can Africa capitalise on the demographic dividend?”
Overuse Of Fluoroquinolones Contributing To Spread Of Drug-Resistant TB, Study Says “Widespread overprescribing” of a class of antibiotic drugs called fluoroquinolones is fueling the spread of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis and diminishing hopes that the drug could be used more widely to treat the disease, according to a study published…
The journal Lancet published a series of articles examining health issues in South Africa, suggesting that “South Africa’s health system is failing women and children in particular, but that new leadership could solve many of the problems,” the Associated Press/msnbc.com reports.