“A vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, triggered by the human papillomavirus (HPV), has helped reduce the number of teenage girls developing abnormalities in their cervix by as much as 50 percent in a study in Australia,” according to a report published Friday in the Lancet, Reuters reports.
CONRAD and the South African Government’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) on Tuesday announced a license agreement that grants TIA the rights to manufacture and distribute tenofovir gel in Africa, according to a CONRAD statement. Â TIA also will establish a joint venture with drug maker Cipla Medpro and iThemba Pharmaceuticals for…
BMJ reports on the health affects of civil unrest in South Sudan, which will become the world’s newest country on July 9.
“Large swaths of the United States are showing decreasing or stagnating life expectancy even as the nationâ€™s overall longevity trend has continued upwards, according to a county-by-county study of life expectancy over two decades,” researchers at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington note in the journal Population Health Metrics, the Washington Post reports (Brown, 6/15).
Afghanistan is the most dangerous place to be a woman because of high levels of poverty, poor health care and violence against female officials, according to a survey, the Guardian reports (Bowcott, 6/15).
A 24-month clinical trial looking at the effectiveness of tenofovir gel use among women to reduce the risk of HIV infection is set to begin in South Africa in late July or early August, the Mail & Guardian reports.
“Five U.N. agencies have banded together to call for urgently addressing gender-biased sex selection favouring boys, a common practice in many parts of South, East and Central Asia that they say fuels a culture of discrimination and violence,” Pakistan’s Nation reports (6/15). A joint statement issued on Tuesday by the…
A team led by UNAIDS and PEPFAR on Thursday at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS announced a plan to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 by “ensur[ing] that all women, especially pregnant ones, have access to quality life-saving HIV prevention and treatment services â€“ for themselves and their children,” BBC News reports (6/10).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is embarking on a weeklong trip to sub-Saharan Africa, CNN reports.
VOA News has published a five-part series examining U.N. Women. The agency’s “success depends on availability of resources and financial support. Member states have agreed to provide the new entity with an initial minimum budget of at least $500 million a year,” the news service writes (Wuhib, 6/8).