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Most Of World’s 13M Preterm Births Occur In Africa, Asia

The “vast majority” of the world’s 13 million preterm births each year occur in developing countries where the babies’ “chances of survivals are low,” according to an article published Monday in the January issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Reuters/ABCNews reports. The findings are based on research conducted between the mid-1990s and 2007.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Piece Highlights Positive Results Of PEPFAR In Mozambique In a Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece, a group of “PEPFAR-implementing partners” in Mozambique counter a previous piece published in the journal that says there is “abuse” of PEPFAR money in the country. The authors contend that…

Opinions: Doctors In Developing Nations; Foreign Aid

Boosting Number Of Medical Residents In U.S. Could Negatively Impact Developing Nations In a New York Times opinion piece that focuses on health reform in the U.S., Shannon Brownlee, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and David Goodman, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and…

More Details Emerge About UNITAID’s Plan For Patent Pool For HIV/AIDS Drugs

Though UNITAID’s board “voted Monday to create a board to run the new patent pool, and set a target of having five AIDS drugs in the pool by mid-2010,” the group “punted on the thorny issue of which countries outside of Africa to include in the pool,” Forbes reports. Some drug makers have voiced opposition to the inclusion of countries such as Brazil, China and India in the patent pool, viewing “these as lucrative new markets,” the magazine writes.

UNITAID To Launch Patent Pool For HIV/AIDS Drugs By Mid-2010

The international drug procurement agency UNITAID on Monday unveiled plans to create a patent pool for HIV/AIDS medications to help increase access to generic versions of newer drugs at lower prices for low- and middle-income countries, Agence France-Presse reports. The patent pool “will create a common space for patent holders to license their technology in exchange for royalties” and is “scheduled to begin operating in mid-2010,” AFP reports (12/14).

Also In Global Health News: ‘Positive Deviance’ Approach To Health; Child Malnutrition In Madagascar; Somalia’s Health System; Weak Harvests In West Africa; Improving Health Equity

Boston Globe Examines ‘Positive Deviance’ Approach To Improve Health The Boston Globe examines “‘positive deviance,’ an approach to behavioral and social change. Instead of imposing solutions from without, the method identifies outliers in a community who, despite having no special advantages, are doing exceptionally well. By respecting local ingenuity, proponents…