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IPS Examines Debate Surrounding TPP Trade Agreement Tobacco Regulation Proposals

“Between concluding rounds of negotiations towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a major U.S.-proposed free trade agreement, a divisive fight has heated up over the extent to which countries should be allowed to regulate the sale of foreign — potentially far cheaper — tobacco products,” Inter Press Service reports. “In dueling…

Regional Leadership Needed To Further Progress In Malaria-Eliminating Countries

Writing in a Lancet review, Chris Cotter of the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues discuss progress in reducing malaria incidence and related mortality since 2000, noting, “WHO estimates that between 2000 and 2010, global malaria incidence decreased by 17 percent and malaria-specific mortality…

IPS Examines Sales Of Counterfeit Malaria, TB Drugs In Cameroon

“In markets and on roadsides across Yaoundé, [Cameroon,] fake and illegal drugs are stacked on wooden racks and tables, openly displayed for sale,” and though “[t]rading in these drugs is illegal … [t]hey are available as a result of weak regulation, poor health services and high medical costs,” Inter Press…

Congo Health Ministry Confirms No ARVs Currently Available In Country, IRIN Reports

IRIN examines the availability of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in Congo, reporting that Germain Cephas Ewangui, chair of the Pan African Association Thomas Sankara (APTS), told the news agency there are no ARVs currently available in the country. The Ministry of Health and Population said “some 16,310 patients in Congo were…

Voluntary Male Circumcision Lowers Risk Of HIV Infection, Follow-Up Study Confirms

A follow-up survey to a previous study showing that voluntary medical male circumcision can significantly reduce the risk of HIV infection confirms that finding, Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports. “Bertran Auvert, whose pioneering work, unveiled in 2006, helped unleash a circumcision campaign in … sub-Saharan Africa,” and colleagues returned to Orange Farm…

Iron Supplements Do Not Increase Malaria Risk Among Children, But Safety Questioned

A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed children in malaria-endemic areas who received iron supplements do not have an increased risk of contracting the disease, but “hospital visits for severe diarrhea episodes were significantly higher among children in Ghana given extra iron, raising…

WSJ Blog Examines Saudi Arabia’s Response To MERS In Lead Up To Hajj

“Saudi Arabia continues to report sporadic new cases and deaths from a lethal new coronavirus, as hajj season in October — when the kingdom expects more than three million pilgrims from 187 countries — approaches,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Middle East Real Time” blog reports. “As of Friday, the Saudi…

Ugandan AIDS Activists Call On Government To Reconsider Decision Against PrEP

Activists in Uganda are calling on the government to reconsider its “dismissal of an emerging prevention protocol demonstrated to be effective in a trial conducted partly in Uganda, and which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” IRIN reports. “The protocol in question is a form of…

WHO/Europe To Organize Regional Consultation On HIV Treatment Guidelines

“WHO/Europe will organize a regional technical consultation on the dissemination of the ‘Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection,’ published by WHO headquarters in July 2013,” the U.N. health agency reports in a post on its webpage. “The technical consultation will take place…