Also In Global Health News: Malaria In Cambodia; HIV And Human Trafficking; HIV In Vietnam, China; Male Rape In Congo

Malaria Cases, Deaths In Cambodia Increase

Cambodia has seen an increase in the number of malaria cases and deaths because of an early rainy season and delays in the distribution of mosquito nets – Duong Socheat, director of the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control – said, the Phnom Penh Post reports. He said that during the first six months of 2009, 27,105 people in Cambodia contracted malaria, which includes 103 who died. In comparison, 25,033 contracted the disease during the same period last year and 65 died (Rith, 8/5).

Women To Address HIV, Trafficking, Violence

More than 20 women who have “endured trafficking, violence, exploitation and HIV” will speak on Thursday at the first “South East Asia Court of Women on HIV and Human Trafficking: from Vulnerability to free, Just and Safe Movement,” which will be held in Bali, Indonesia, the Hindu reports. The article includes additional information about the event, sponsors and funding (8/5).

Viet Nam Invests $90M To Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention Centers

About $90 million will be put towards improving the construction and infrastructure of the nation’s HIV/AIDS prevention centers in Viet Nam by 2015 under a project ratified by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Viet Nam News reports. An estimated $60 million will come from the state, $29.2 million from localities and the remainder “from official development assistant and financial support from abroad,” the newspaper writes (8/4).

HIV/AIDS Project In China Reduces Discrimination Among Migrant Workers

A three-year HIV/AIDS educational project that reached out to 50 million migrant workers in China resulted in their becoming “less prone to discriminate against people infected with HIV/AIDS,” according to a recent study, Agence France-Presse reports. According to the study, “Among the 250,000 workers who participated in 29 programmes in Guangdong province in the south, Yunnan in the southwest and Anhui in the east, 84 percent said they did not mind working with people living with HIV” – “a sharp increase from 40 percent in a survey of the workers conducted before the campaign started,” the news service writes (8/4).

New York Times Examines Male Rape In Congo 

The New York Times examines the rising number of male rape cases in the Congo, which the newspaper writes is “a consequence of joint Congo-Rwanda military operations against rebels that have uncapped an appalling level of violence against civilians.” Though the male rape cases represent “just a fraction of those against women … for the men involved, aid workers say, it is even harder to bounce back,” the newspaper writes. “Aid workers here say the humiliation is often so severe that male rape victims come forward only if they have urgent health problems, like stomach swelling or continuous bleeding,” while others have died with no care (Gettleman, 8/4).

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