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Vaccinating 46% Of Haiti’s Population Could Control Cholera Epidemic, Study Concludes

“Vaccinating fewer than half of Haiti’s population of 10 million should brake a cholera epidemic that has claimed nearly 8,000 lives and made more than 635,000 people ill, scientists said Thursday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Using a mathematical model, scientists in the United States determined that vaccination coverage of 46 percent of the…

Also In Global Health News: Flooding, HIV Treatment Adherence, and Economic Growth In Africa; China Detects Superbug; U.S. Aid To Myanmar; Cash-Transfer Programs

1.8M Now Affected By Flooding In West And Central Africa; Hardest Hit-Benin Struggles With Disease, Damaged Health Centers Flooding continues to devastate Central and West Africa – more than 1.8 million people have been affected and 400 killed, according to the U.N., United Press International reports. “The nation of Benin has…

World Water Week Seminar Examined Integrating Water And Health Initiatives

In this “End The Neglect” blog post, Ann Kelly, representative of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s Global Water Initiative and co-founder of Partner at Global Philanthropy Group, provides an overview of a Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases co-hosted seminar at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. Kelly writes of “a…

The Nation Examines Rise In Unregulated Drug Trials In South America

The Nation examines how a surge in the outsourcing of clinical trials to contract research organizations (CROs) and a resulting increase in the number of trials being conducted in the developing world, where “regulations aren’t as onerous, patient recruitment is easier and informed consent is less clearly defined,” has led to a rise in unregulated drug trials in South America, noting that, according to a 2010 report by the inspector general of the HHS, “40 to 65 percent of clinical trials on FDA-regulated products in 2008 took place overseas. Of nearly 6,500 foreign trial sites that year, the FDA inspected only forty-five — less than one percent.”

Blog Describes Efforts To Fight NTDs In Brazil

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ (NTDs) “End The Neglect” blog reports on the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s launch of “a public health campaign to diagnose and treat soil-transmitted helminths (or intestinal parasites) and leprosy in school-aged children” and says it will feature stories related to the fight against…

Documentary Film Examines Chagas Disease In Argentina

Al Jazeera’s “Witness” features a documentary film that examines Chagas disease, which “affects more than 15 million people worldwide, most of them in Latin America, and may kill as many as 50,000 each year,” the news service writes. Filmmaker Ricardo Preve, who grew up in Argentina, “decided to use my…

Global Fund Working To Fight Malaria In Latin America

In the ONE blog, Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes about how the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is working to prevent malaria in Latin America. She notes that in San Pedro, Peru, “[t]he infection rate has dropped…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Address U.N.’s Role In Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak

The following editorial and opinion piece address the U.N.’s role in the Haitian cholera outbreak and aftermath. Washington Post: On Friday, the Washington Post responded to an August 14 letter from Martin Nesirky, a spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who addressed a Post editorial published on August 11. The…

Cuba Experiencing Cholera Cases One Year After Outbreak; U.S. Issues Travel Advisory

“A year after the first cholera cases in decades were reported in Cuba, the country is still struggling with outbreaks in various provinces, health workers and residents told Reuters on Thursday,” the news agency reports. The disease first appeared on the island in July 2012, and “[l]ast week the Pan…

Education, Training Key To Improving Health Care

“When I visit [communities] on behalf of Every Mother Counts (EMC), the campaign I founded to reduce preventable deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth around the world, I am reminded that what’s often most needed is education and access to others who are educated,” Christy Turlington Burns writes in the…