Countries are narrowing in on a “deal to speed up their response to the next flu pandemic by sharing virus samples in return for access to affordable vaccines,” co-chairs of a WHO working group told reporters on Tuesday, Reuters reports. The group, which is meeting this week and just last week was in meetings with drug manufacturers and WHO member states about the plans, says it hopes to have a draft agreement finalized by Friday to be voted on during next month’s World Health Assembly, according to the news service (Nebehay, 4/12).
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While in Brussels on Monday, Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, spoke about the potential effects several countries’ decisions to temporarily suspend payments to the Geneva-based fund could have on recipient countries, Reuters reports.
The first Africa Regional Ministerial Consultation on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) wrapped up in Congo’s capital city Brazzaville on Wednesday with African health ministers adopting a declaration of commitment to tackle NCDs, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports (4/9).
Federal Government Shutdown Would Be Over Ideological Demands Of GOP, Not Spending “If the federal government shuts down at midnight on FridayÂ â€“ which seems likely unless negotiations take a sudden turn toward rationalityÂ â€“ it will not be because of disagreements over spending. It will be because Republicans are refusing to…
Marking World Health Day, WHO Warns Misuse Of Antibiotics Undermining Global Fight Against Infectious Diseases
U.N. officials on Thursday marked World Health Day with a warning that “the misuse and irrational use of antibiotics has undermined the global fight against tuberculosis and malaria, warning of a possible return to the days before the drugs were developed,” and called for urgent action to control the spread of drug resistance, Reuters reports. In addition to growing resistance to TB and malaria treatments, “treatment for gonorrhea was threatened by growing resistance to the last-line treatment, and the WHO said hospital-acquired superbugs, resistant to major antibiotics, were becoming increasing frequent,” the news service writes (Mogato, 4/7).
BMJ News reports on South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s visit to the U.S. last week, where he spoke at a forum in Washington, D.C., on the efforts the government is making to promote HIV prevention and treatment and improve the country’s health system. The publication notes that the health ministry has set a goal of testing the HIV status of 15 million people in the country by the end of the year â€“ “nearly a third of its population of 50 million.”
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Radiation’s Effect On Health; Aid Distribution In Japan In light of the damage to nuclear reactors atÂ Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant, the New York Times examines how increased radiation exposure affects human health. “Certain levels of radiation exposure are known to increase the risk of cancer, but scientists disagree about…
“Worldwide breast cancer incidence and mortality are expected to increase by 50 percent from 2002 and 2020 â€“ and those rates will be highest in developing nations,” according to a review article published Friday in Lancet Oncology that describes several challenges low- and middle-income countries face in diagnosing and treating such conditions, the Huffington Post reports. The review features a series of recommendations, generated from discussions and reports presented during the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) meeting last year, which drew together more than 150 health experts from 43 countries to discuss breast cancer management in low- and middle-resource countries (LMCs).
Midwife Shortage In Developing Countries Contributing To Deaths Of Mothers, Infants, Save The Children Report Says
The deaths of more than one million mothers and newborns could be prevented if the shortage of 350,000 trained midwives in developing countries could be met, according to a Save the Children report (.pdf) released on Friday, Reuters reports.
What To Do About Antibiotic Resistance: AÂ Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial describes the growing public concerns over a global rise in antimicrobial resistance. “Bearing in mind that our objective is to contain antibiotic resistance rather than eradicate it, several policies could be adopted to help guarantee a future for antibiotics,” the…