The WHO on Friday announced “it had delivered the first doses of H1N1 [swine flu] vaccine to Cuba, and a dozen countries in Africa would receive millions of doses in coming weeks,” Reuters reports. According to WHO spokeswoman Karen Mah, Cuba received an estimated 1.1 million doses Wednesday, and Honduras and El Salvador shipments are “en route,” according to the news service.
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Canadian Prime Minister Says He’s Open To Including Contraception In G8 Plan For Improving Maternal, Child Health
“Facing a squall of condemnation from aid groups and opposition politicians,” following statements by Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon that Canada’s G8 maternal and child health initiative would not include family planning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper “disavowed his foreign minister Thursday, promising that the federal government would include contraception programs in its maternal-health foreign-aid initiative,” the Globe and Mail reports.
Lancet Study Finds Level Of HIV Services For IDUs ‘Is Poor In Many Countries’ A Lancet studyÂ performed a systematic review ofÂ HIV prevention and treatment services targeting injecting drug users (IDUs) globallyÂ basedÂ on the availability of “core interventions for IDUs: needle and syringe programmes (NSPs), opioid substitution therapy (OST) and other drug…
EU-India Free-Trade Negotiations Could Limit Access To Affordable, Generic Drugs, Advocacy Group Says
The advocacy group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) recently warned that free-trade negotiations between the EU and India could limit access to “affordable generic drugs” for people in India and the rest of the developing world, Reuters reports. “Back in 2005 India granted patents on medicines to respect international trade rules and MSF said a new free-trade agreement now under negotiation would tighten these rules,” the news service writes. The EU said it has not requested that India stop producing low-cost generic drugs.
Lancet Comment Asks: What’s Next For Global Fund? Reflecting on the recent annual report by the Global FundÂ to FightÂ AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a Lancet comment writes, “Two big challenges remain [for the Global Fund]: first, to show, reliably and independently, that the Fund’s investments have delivered the benefits that it…
Preval’s Response To Corruption Queries IsÂ ‘A Public Relations Debacle’ A Washington Post editorial reflects on Haitian President Rene Preval’s response to U.S. policy makers’ queries “about the perils of corruption and what measures the Haitian government might devise to minimize misuse and theft of the billions of dollars in recovery…
British Government, HIV/AIDS Advocates Warn Decreased Aid Budgets Could Lead To Reversals In HIV/AIDS Treatment Progress
Recent gains in the global fight against HIV/AIDS could be reversed as the “global economic downturn pinches poor countries’ budgets and donors show signs of backing away from their promise to provide universal access to AIDS treatment,” the British government together with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned Tuesday, Reuters AlertNet reports.
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HIV Hides Outs In Bone Marrow, Study Finds HIV “can hide in the bone marrow, avoiding drugs and later awakening to cause illness, according to new research that could point the way toward better treatments for the disease,” the Associated Press reports (Schmid, 3/7). The findings, published Monday in the…
Study, Conference Highlight Risks Associated With Migrant Workers’ Limited Access To Health Services
Despite being at high-risk for HIV infection, migrant workers in Southern Africa have a challenging time accessing HIV prevention and treatment services, according to a new study by the International Office of Migration (IOM), PANA/Afrique en ligne reports.
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Dry Spell In Zimbabwe Forces Government To Declare 11 Percent Of Maize Crop A ‘Write-Off’ According to a crop assessment report released Wednesday, “Zimbabwe’s government has declared 11 percent of its 2009/10 planted maize crop a write-off after it was badly damaged by a dry spell, and repeated calls for…