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Also In Global Health News: India Drug Patent Rejection; Iranian Female Health Minister; Hunger In North Korea; Rape In The Congo; Female Condom Deal; MDGs In Uganda; GSK Patent Pool

Indian Health Officials Welcome Patent Rejections Of HIV/AIDS Drugs Reuters examines Indian health officials’ positive reaction to the recent decision by the country’s patent office to reject patent applications on two “life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs.” The decision, they say, will help to ensure patients living with HIV/AIDS have access to generic…

Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby Believes Zimbabwe’s Ailing Health System Can Be Strengthened

Concluding his recent trip to Zimbabwe, the Global AIDS Coordinator for PEPFAR Eric Goosby said the country can rebuild and strengthen its health care delivery systems, the Zimbabwean reports. “I have seen fatigue in health care delivery in the country. A fatigue that that has come out of sustaining the response (to HIV and AIDS) with diminishing resources, but at the same time a feeling of hope and anticipation that they have hit bottom and are now on the return,” Goosby said.

Opinion: Local Drug Production In Developing Countries; Obama’s PEPFAR Changes

Local Drug Production Doesn’t Increase Access, Undermines Quality The international community focuses on lowering drug prices as a means of improving access and “today its idea is local pharmaceutical production … But while the German Government and other countries’ aid agencies are helping fund small firms in Africa, they have…

New York Times Magazine Interviews Clinton About Global Women’s Issues

The New York Times Magazine, as part of a special issue that focuses on women worldwide, published an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who “staked her claim as an advocate for global women’s issues in 1995, when, as first lady, she gave an impassioned speech at a United Nations conference in Beijing.” The interview was conducted ahead of her 11-day seven country tour of Africa.

Also In Global Health News: NTD Consortium; Clean Water Access; PEPFAR Lab Donation; River Blindness Elimination; Vaccines In India

European Laboratories Form Consortium To Study Neglected Tropical Diseases A handful of European universities and industries have formed a consortium to “boost drug development for the treatment of two deadly diseases, the African sleeping sickness and Leishmaniasis, which affect millions of people worldwide,” afrol News reports. “This new project combines…

Effort Launched To Strengthen African Medical Labs

The U.S., WHO and representatives from 13 African countries on Monday launched an effort to boost the standards for quality medical labs on the continent, VOA News reports.