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Also In Global Health News: Venezuela Voids Pharma Patents; Namibia Sanitation; Mapping Disease With Satellites; Zimbabwe Health Funding

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…

International Community Observes World Water Day

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Thursday “launched a call for urgent action to end the crisis of 2.5 billion people without basic sanitation, and to change a situation in which more people worldwide have mobile phones than toilets,” the U.N. News Centre reports (3/21). Noting “[t]he move is part…

Also In Global Health News: NTD Study; False Cholera Cases In Zimbabwe; Contaminated Water In Kenya; Doctor’s Strike Ends

Study Examines Toll Of Neglected Tropical Diseases On Populations In Sub-Saharan Africa UPI reports on a recent review article in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases that analyzed the toll of neglected tropical diseases on populations in sub-Saharan Africa. “Researchers said helminth (parasitic worm) infections account for approximately 85 percent…

Clinical Trial Reveals Cholera Vaccine Is Safe, Offers Protection For Up To 2 Years

A clinical trial of an Indian-made “modified killed-whole-cell” oral cholera vaccine “that meets WHO standards” has found that the vaccine is safe and effective in children living in parts of India where the disease is endemic, Reuters reports. The researchers, who reported their findings in the Lancet, hope to soon introduce the vaccine into other cholera endemic settings.

News Outlets Examine East African Drought

Sky News examines the drought in East Africa, focusing on its impact in Kenya. In “[o]ne of the worst-affected areas,” 70 percent of the “herds of cattle and goats have died in the past year, threatening the survival of entire communities who depend on them for their food and income,” according to Sky News.

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