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Opinions: Using Taxes To Reduce Poverty; Fighting TB; Meeting Global Food Demands

Increased Tax Revenues Can Create ‘In-Roads Into Poverty Reduction’ “To improve living standards and create jobs,” African governments “need to provide their citizens with better health care, better education, more infrastructure. … How to pay for this – in a way that is both fair and efficient – is a question…

Kenya Requests Emergency Order Of 45M Condoms From PEPFAR

A condom shortage in Kenya caused by high demand and procurement bottlenecks has forced the country to request an emergency order of 45 million condoms from PEPFAR, Kenyan health officials said Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports. According to the news service, a January order of 19 million condoms was exhausted in about six weeks (3/23).

Also In Global Health News: AusAID Fraud; House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Responds To FY12 Budget; Drug Substitution Programs In Ukraine; Global Development Book

Documents Suggest Australian Aid Program Affected By Fraud, Corruption Documents show that Australia’s “foreign aid program is plagued by record levels of fraud, with millions of dollars being stolen by corrupt officials and overseas agencies,” the Daily Telegraph reports. “AusAID has 175 cases of fraud under investigation – stretching across 27 countries and…

Also In Global Health News: Cancer In Developing Countries; Preventing Deaths From Diarrhea; Food, Drug, Medical Personnel Shortages In Libya; Benefits Of Electronic Health Records In Kenya

Scientific American Features Q&A With Paul Farmer On Rise Of Cancer In Developing Countries Scientific American this month features a Q&A with Harvard medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, who cofounded the group Partners In Health, on the rise of cancer in developing countries. According to the magazine, last October, Farmer “and…

Also In Global Health News: Food Shortages In Zimbabwe; Illicit Drug Control, MDGs; Global Quinoa Demands Affect Bolivian Farmers; ARV Disruptions In Cote d’Ivoire

Zimbabwe Government Tries To Address Severe Food Shortages In Some Provinces “Six of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces face severe food shortages, and the government has ordered the country’s grain marketing board (GMB) to send grain to the affected areas, a state daily [the Herald] said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A government…

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Situation In Japan ‘Demands Calm, But Considered’ International Response: In light of the recent disaster in Japan and ongoing concerns over radiation in the country,”WHO might consider convening experts to review the consequences for human safety of nuclear energy, and the wider lessons to be learned from recent earthquakes,” a…

UNAIDS, UNDP, WHO Release Policy Brief Advising Countries On Using TRIPS Flexibilities To Drive Down HIV Treatment Costs

Amid growing concerns over the long-term sustainability of access to affordable HIV/AIDS drugs, UNAIDS, WHO and the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Tuesday released a policy brief (.pdf) advising countries on how they can successfully use rules written into the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to lower the cost of and increase access to HIV treatment, Intellectual Property Watch reports.