TIME examines a voluntary airline tax, to be introduced in the U.S. and several European countries in January, that aims to “make up a shortfall in official government aid to poor countries â€” a shortfall exacerbated by the world financial crisis.” The tax will be used to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and it will also go towards improving maternal health and reducing child mortality.
Research into intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) found that one-third of malaria cases in African babies can be prevented by giving them regular doses of malaria drugs even if they have not contracted the disease, according to a Lancet study, published on Thursday, Reuters reports.
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NewsHour Examines Health Care In Tanzania PBS’ NewsHour is airing a three-part series from Sept. 15 â€“ Sept. 17 examining new models of health care delivery in Tanzania, which could provide a model for the rest of the world. The videos examine health worker shortages, the country’s program to fight…
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Outbreaks Strain Papua New Guinea’s Health System VOA News examines the ongoing struggle for Papua New Guinea’s health system to treat thousands of people infected by the “simultaneous outbreaks of influenza, dysentery and cholera that have killed about 120 people.” The article includes information about the difficulties heath officials are…
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Clinical Infectious Diseases Examines Relationship Between HIV, Nutrition, Food Insecurity “Despite calls from national and international organizations to integrate HIV and nutritional programs, data are lacking on how such programs can be effectively implemented in resource-poor settings, on the optimum content and duration of nutritional support, and on ideal target…
“Researchers in Malaysia have confirmed that a form of malaria thought to primarily affect monkeys can infect and kill humans, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases journal,” Agence France-Presse reports.
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Nearly 600,000 West Africans Affected By Flooding, U.N. Says The U.N. on Monday “sharply increased its toll of the number of people affected by floods in West Africa, putting the number at more than 592,000 in no less than 10 countries,” Agence France-Presse reports. Yvon Edoumou, a spokesperson for the…
Several organization led by the WHO have contributed $5 billion for a campaign aimed at distributing 700 million bednets to prevent malaria in sub-Saharan Africa by 2015, the East African reports.
At the conclusion of the 59th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, African health ministers agreed on four resolutions that aim to improve health on the continent, the Guardian reports. The regional committee adopted resolutions that deal with drug-resistance related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; malaria elimination in Africa; and preparedness and response for the current swine flu pandemic. The fourth resolution deals with establishing high-quality institutions for disease surveillance, food and medicine regulation and other public health-related interventions, according to the Guardian.
GNA/Peace FM examines the recent creation of a local and international taskforce to help shorten the window of time between the completion of the clinical trial of the RTS,S malaria vaccine â€“ currently being tested in Ghana and across Africa â€“ and licensure and vaccine distribution.