A Johnson & Johnson-run study found that its experimental drug TMC207 could make conventional tuberculosis treatment five times more effective against multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) because it cleared traces of the TB bacteria in the sputum of 48 percent of study volunteers after eight weeks, Reuters reports.
According to a report released Tuesday by Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF), “Zimbabweans continue to cross the border [into South Africa] every day, legally and illegally, in massive numbers as a matter of survival,” AFP/Google.com reports.
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Zambian ministers on Thursday said the Netherlands and Sweden have frozen $33 million in aid that is used for HIV/AIDS and other health programs in response to allegations that senior health ministry officials stole $2 million, Reuters reports.
The Australian government on Thursday announced that it will write off Indonesian commercial debt worth 75 million Australian dollars, or $58.7 million, under the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Debt2Health, AFP/Google.com reports.