“India and Brazil launched a trade dispute against the European Union and the Netherlands on Wednesday, saying their seizures of generic drugs were hurting healthcare in poor countries and disrupting international trade,” Reuters reports. “India said the repeated seizures were based on allegations of the infringement of intellectual property rights in the country of transit, even though the generic drugs in question were legal in their countries of origin and destination,” according to the news service.
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WHO Bulletin Editorial Reflects On Health-Related MDGs Progress, Challenges After highlighting successes and failuresÂ of efforts to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an editorial appearing in the WHO Bulletin reflects, “[t]he variable progress achieved begs the question of the feasibility of the MDG goals and targets. â€¦ The MDGs…
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Canada To Give Africa $178M Over 5 Years, Minister SaysÂ Canada will give $178 million over five years to support maternal, child health and educational projects in nine African countries, Bev Oda, Canada’s international cooperation minister, said on Thursday, a day after the conclusion of a meeting of G8 development…
Along with the release of a WHO-UNICEF guide on medicines for children, the U.N. agencies on Friday said the guide “exposed dangerous shortfalls” in medicines designed for children and called for more research into treating children, Reuters reports. “While effective medicines exist to fight disease and treat life-threatening conditions like malnutrition, formulations suitable for children are often difficult to source,” Francisco Blanco, UNICEF’s chief of medicines and nutrition, said, according to the news service.
IPS Reports On Stigma, Discrimination Among People Living With HIV/AIDSÂ In ChinaÂ In follow-up coverage of the news that China lifted a decades-old HIV/AIDSÂ travel ban, Inter Press Service reports that “erasing the stigma attached” to the virus is difficult in China.Â “‘What we are lacking now is in-depth HIV and AIDS…
Inter Press Service examines Uganda’s “controversial Counterfeit Goods Bill,” which some say will limit the public’s access to “life-saving generic medicines.”
“Top U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday they have reached a bipartisan deal to help Haiti rebuild its earthquake-shattered economy by opening the U.S. market to more Haitian clothing and textiles,” Reuters reports. The deal would almost triple “the amount of certain Haitian knit and woven clothing products that qualify for U.S. duty-free treatment.”
Sierra Leone is launching a program to provide free health care for mothers and children in an effort to reduce high maternal and child mortality rates, Ernest Bai Koroma, the country’s president, said on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports (4/27).
“Conditions in Zambiaâ€™s prisons are so overcrowded and medical care so inadequate that they are breeding grounds for disease and pose a serious threat to public health, says a new report by Human Rights Watch, produced in association with the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa and the Prisons Care and Counselling Association,” BMJ News reports. “Researchers report that similar conditions prevail in much of Africa, where prisons risk becoming reservoirs of HIV and drug resistant tuberculosis”(Moszynski, 4/27).
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AP Examines Iran’s Efforts To CurbÂ Spread Of HIV/AIDS Among Drug Users The Associated Press reports that health experts participating at this week’s International Harm Reduction Association conference in Liverpool are looking to Iran’s methadone clinics and needle exchange programs as a possible model for other countries looking to stop HIV/AIDS…