Uganda Has Enough ARVs Until Year End Zainab Akol, Uganda’s AIDS Control Program director, said the health ministry has acquired enough antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to provide treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS until the end of the year, New Vision reports. In addition to 30 tons of drugs, the ministry…
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Lancet Editorial Examines Health Developments In Afghanistan A Lancet editorial examines Afghanistan’s progress in health developments since 2001, in light of the country’s recent presidential election. Though “[t]here have been substantial improvements in coverage of basic health services, especially in rural areas â€¦ the quality of facilities is variable and…
Aid agencies on Tuesday “appealed for better access” to “tens of thousands” of people in Yemen who have been displaced by violence and are facing “a high risk of outbreaks of malaria and diarrhoeal diseases among the already malnourished population,” Reuters reports.
The journal Lancet published a series of articles examining health issues in South Africa, suggesting that “South Africa’s health system is failing women and children in particular, but that new leadership could solve many of the problems,” the Associated Press/msnbc.com reports.
Also In Global Health News: Cambodia’s Maternal Mortality; Drugs In Uganda; Cholera Risk In Zimbabwe; HIV Laws In Niger
Government Officials Plan To Address Maternal Mortality In Cambodia A lack of outreach by public health officials and rural villagers’ preference for traditional midwives have hindered efforts to reduce maternal morality in Cambodia, government officials said recently at regional conference, the Phnom Penh Post reports. Three local members of parliament…
According to the latest WHO report out Wednesday, the number of confirmed H1N1 (swine) flu deaths since its emergence in April has reached 1,799 â€“ a jump from 1,462 deaths since the agency’s last update, Agence France-Presse/the Australian reports.
The Los Angeles Times examines how “activists in Washington, and Thailand and other developing countries are accusing the Obama administration of endangering access to affordable drugs to fight AIDS and other epidemic diseases.”
Also In Global Health News: Sri Lanka’s IDPs; Zimbabwe Doctor Strike; Nigerian HIV Marriages; Tracking Disease In India
Heavy Rains Worsen Health Conditions For IDPs In Sri Lanka “Heavy rains exacerbated poor conditions for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in northern Sri Lanka over the weekend,” IRIN reports. “From an epidemiological point of view, this is a public health disaster waiting to happen,” an international…
Bloomberg Reports On HIV-Treatment Failure In China; New York Times Examines ARV Shortage In Romania
An analysis of 48,785 HIV-positive patients enrolled in China’s National Free Antiretroviral Treatment Program over a five-year period revealed “[h]alf of Chinaâ€™s AIDS patients stopped responding to treatment over five years and didnâ€™t have access to the back-up drugs available in developed nations,” according to an Annals of Internal Medicine study, Bloomberg reports.
Funding to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific has fallen short of the demand, and the majority of available money has missed reaching those at highest risk — Swarup Sarkar, director of Asia unit for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — said during a session at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports.