“Kenya on Monday became the first African country to introduce a routine vaccine against pneumococcal disease, which claims the lives of more than half a million children under five each year,” Deutsche Presse Agentur/The Hindu reports. The GAVI Alliance, which is supporting the vaccine’s roll out, “is aiming to introduce the vaccine to 19 developing countries – including Nicaragua, Guyana, Yemen and Sierra Leone – within a year and hopes to reach more than 40 nations by 2015, depending on funding.”
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Advocates Call For Follow-Through On Decade-Old Pledge To Remove Tariffs On Malaria Treatments, Prophylactics In Africa
“Malaria prevention advocates say many lives can be saved by removing taxes and tariffs from essential commodities used to fight the disease,” VOA News reports (Schlein, 2/9). A decade ago, African leaders promised to remove tariffs on products used to fight malaria, but only six countries have actually done so, according to the Malaria Taxes and Tariffs Advocacy Project (M-TAP), which held a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
The Future Of Global Health Journalism:Â This reportÂ for the Kaiser Family Foundation found that shrinking newsroom budgets and the closing of many foreign bureaus are curtailing global health coverage within traditional news media outlets. Advocacy and nongovernmental organizations are increasingly bypassing news outlets and producing their own content, leading to questions…
Also In Global Health News: Zimbabwe’s HIV Prevalence Declines; Sri Lanka Flooding; Online Tool To Track Outbreaks; U.S. Recognition Of S. Sudan; TB In Swaziland
Study Examines Reasons For Zimbabwe’s HIV Prevalence Decline Reuters reports that an article published in PLoS Medicine “said Zimbabwe’s [HIV] epidemic was one of the biggest in the world until theÂ [prevalence of people]Â infected with HIV almost halved, from 29 percent of the population in 1997 to 16 percent in 2007.”…
The Vatican on Thursday announced it “will host an international conference in May on preventing [HIV/AIDS] and caring for those afflicted with it amid continued confusion over its position concerning condoms as a way to prevent HIV transmission,” the Associated Press reports.
Here is a sampling of opinions about recent media reports of corruption and fraudÂ in some Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants: The Lancet: Supporting the Global Fund to fight fraud (2/5). Nature: Tough on truth (2/3). Huffington Post: Why We Must Protect the Global Fund (Zeitz, 2/1).…
Report Examines How Health Worker Shortages Could Keep Developing Countries From Achieving Universal Access To HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment
A shortage of healthcare workers in developing countries may hold developing countries back from achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goal to achieve universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment by 2015, according to a report by the WHO/Global Health Workforce Alliance, IRIN/PlusNews writes.
Stockpiling Flu Drugs, Vaccines Reduces Impact Of Pandemic, But Option Out Of Reach For Most Countries, Study Finds
“Stockpiling antiviral flu drugs and vaccines saves lives and reduces disease in a flu pandemic,” but the cost to maintain such a stockpile and deploy interventions in the event of an outbreak “is too expensive for around two thirds of the world’s population, scientists said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports.
On the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday, the General Assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) gathered to discuss the continent’s progress against HIV/AIDS, Walta Info reports.
Also In Global Health News: HIV, Health Insurance In India; Measles Immunization Drive In Liberia; U.S. Aid To Egypt; Expansion Of Ugandan Pharma; Funding Cuts To Non-Profit Offering HIV/AIDS Drugs In Africa
Health Officials To Press For National Insurance Policy For People Living With HIV/AIDS “India could soon see a national medical insurance policy for people living with HIV,” Times of India reports. Though HIV coverage is currently “excluded from all insurance policies available in the country â€¦ Union health ministry officials…