The Globe and Mail writes that “[w]hen India announced in 2007 that it had 2.3 million people living with HIV, rather than the 5.7 million reported the year before, the government first attributed much of the change to better data collection. Many in the AIDS field were skeptical.”
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The number of H1N1 (swine) flu cases are steadily declining in the Southern Hemisphere as the region’s flu season comes to an end, the WHO said Friday, the Associated Press reports.
Global Economic Downturn Increases Malnutrition, Death Rates Among African Children, U.N. Assessment Indicates
The global economic downturn is “raising malnutrition and death rates among Africa’s children” and restricting their access to health care, according to a U.N. assessment released ahead of a G20 leaders meeting later this month that will focus on ways to minimize the effect of the downturn on the world’s poorest people, VOA News reports.
SciDev.Net examines the use of rapid diagnostic test (RDT) kits to identify malaria cases.
Counterfeit Drugs Increasing Problem in Underdeveloped Countries, Report Finds Counterfeit and substandard drugs are becoming an increasing problem in underdeveloped countries, according to a new report (pdf) released by the International Policy Network, Public Agenda/AllAfrica.com reports. The report — sponsored by IMANI Center for Policy & Education — finds that…
Also in Global Health News: Pakistan Polio Vaccine Effort; New GHC President; Tanzania Expanding RDTs; HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trial; Thailand HIV Effort
Pakistan Launches Polio Vaccine Effort Pakistani health officials on WednesdayÂ announced a three-dayÂ nationwideÂ anti-polio vaccination campaign targeting theÂ children ofÂ internally displaced persons (IDPs)Â camps, theÂ News InternationalÂ reports. The announcment was made at a UNICEF-sponsored ceremony held at a Peshawar schoolÂ (Mahmood, News International, 5/28). Altaf Bosan, who leads the expanded immunization program,Â said that targeting…
Progress Seen In Some African HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment Programs, U.N. Special Envoy Says At World Economic Forum On Africa
Several African countries have successfully scaled up their HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV and AIDS in Africa Elizabeth Mataka said during a media briefing at the World Economic Forum on Africa being held in Cape Town, South Africa, the ZANIS/Lusaka Times reports.
Women, Girls Priority In U.S. Efforts Against Global HIV/AIDS, Clinton Tells International Health Experts
In a video address to international HIV/AIDS experts gathered in Namibia for the 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers Meeting Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton emphasized the Obama administration’s commitment to women and girls in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the AP/Washington Post reports.
Continued International Investment, Decreased Discrimination Key To Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Says U.N. Secretary-General
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon during a General Assembly meeting Tuesday urged governments not to cut aid for the international fight against HIV/AIDS, the AP/Washington Post reports.
In this Forbes interview, Rahim Kanani of the Skoll World Forum speaks with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake about reducing child mortality and the need for a commodities market to improve access to medicines and health care. Lake said, “By increasing access to 13 overlooked life-saving medicines and health supplies, caregivers –…