The High Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation started Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya, with officials discussing prospects and challenges of the initiative, Xinhua reports (Ooko, 12/1).
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Clinical Infectious Diseases Examines Malaria Treatment An editorial commentary appearing in Clinical Infectious Diseases examines the insight gained in how best to control malaria, based on recent studies of artemisinin combination therapy (ACTs). “As we move toward the elimination of malaria, it is crucial that policymakers and research groups endorse…
The World Food Programme (WFP) Tuesday announced that it is launching a pilot program to send food vouchers via mobile phone text messages to Iraqi refugees in Syria, Agence France-Presse reports (10/27). This program is “the first of its kind in the world to use mobile phone technology,” according to a WPF press release (10/27).
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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…
Lancet Commends U.K. All-Parliamentary Group on AIDS Call For HIV Drug Patent Pool A Lancet editorial examines recent recommendations by the U.K. All-Parliamentary Group on AIDS for pharmaceutical companies to implement an HIV drug patent pool â€“ an appeal, “Drug companies have dismissed” in the past. The authors conclude, “Although…
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Venezuela To Void Some Pharmaceutical Patents Commerce Minister Eduardo Saman on Saturday said Venezuela plans to void some pharmaceutical patents and allow domestic manufacturers to produce licensed medicines, the AP/Buffalo News reports. “Saman said the measure is aimed at making the interests of powerful drug companies secondary to the needs…
Ghana’s Ministry of Health recently launched the Nationwide Mosquito Control Programme (NAMCOP) in conjunction with the waste management company Zoomlion Ghana Limited, the Ghanaian Chronicle/allAfrica.com reports.
The pharmaceutical company Tibotec said it will join with the non-profit Global Alliance for Tuberculosis Development (TB Alliance) to speed up the development of the experimental TB drug TMC207, Health-e/IOL reports.
At G-8 Meeting, Textile Heiress, Nobel Prize Winner To Propose Private-Public Partnerships To Raise Money for Developing Countries
The AP/San Francisco Chronicle examines the “controversial” plan by fashion heiress Renu Mehta and Nobel Prize-winning economist James Mirrlees to raise money for developing nations by encouraging state governments to match private donations and increasing the amount of oversight wealthy donors have.