USAID Director Rajiv Shah “says shelter and rubble removal are immediate priorities in the reconstruction efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti,” VOA News reports. Shah briefed the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Thursday, and also “said between 300,000 and 400,000 units of shelter are needed. He said aid workers are trying to provide about 135,000 transitional structures right now.”
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To Improve Malaria Control, Remove Taxes On Medicines In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, president of the United Republic of Tanzania, and Yoweri Museveni, Â president of the Republic of Uganda, both of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, write about waysÂ to overcome barriers to malaria control and…
African leaders focused on the theme of the 15th African Union (AU) Summit on Sunday: maternal and infant mortality on the continent.
The New York Times examines a set of questions raised by news out of the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 last week that a microbicide gel containing the antiretroviral (ARV) tenofovir used by women before and after sex helped reduce their risk of HIV infection by 39 percent.
“More than 2 billion people worldwide do not have adequate access to surgical services, and low-income countries in particular have low levels of surgical care,” according to a study published online Thursday in the Lancet, HealthDay News/Modern Medicine reports (7/1).
IRIN examines WHO efforts to better understand factors influencing health workers’ decisions about where to work in order to help fight health care worker shortages in developing countries. According to the news service, a group of 40 experts assembled by the agency “is finalizing recommendations to help governments attract more health workers to sparsely staffed areas,” IRIN writes.
Also In Global Health News: Namibia Lifts HIV Travel Ban; HIV Treatment In East Africa; India’s ‘Lifestyle’ Disease Challenge; Mideast HIV/AIDS Strategy
UNAIDS Praises Namibia For Lifting HIV Travel Ban “Namibia received praise Thursday from the United Nations joint programme on AIDS after the south-west African nation lifted restrictions on the movement of people infected with the disease,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M & C writes. According to U.N. data, the news agency writes, “51…
“The World Bank on Thursday named David Wilson, a Zimbabwean national who has written extensively about AIDS in the developing world, to head the poverty-fighting institution’s global HIV/AIDS program,” Reuters reports.
Lancet Viewpoint Examines Malaria In Africa 10 Years After Abuja Declaration A Lancet Viewpoint examines the problems and prospects in malaria control since the Abuja Declaration was signed 10 years ago with the goal of halving malaria mortality in Africa by 2010. “There is an obvious euphoric sense that elimination…
“Early treatment for HIV cuts patients’ risk of death by about 75 percent,” according to a study conducted in Haiti and published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The study also demonstrated that “early antiretroviral treatment reduces the likelihood of tuberculosis, a leading cause of death among HIV patients, by 50 percent,” the news service writes (Aquino, 7/14).