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Also In Global Health News: ARVs In Uganda; Brazil’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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…

Recent Releases: Health Development In Afghanistan; Trade Agreements Effect On Drug Access; Outside Experts In Patent Reviews; Neglected Disease Legislation; Management In Public Health; Foreign Aid Reform

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 … the quality of facilities is variable and…

Lancet Series Examines Health Issues In South Africa

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…

WHO Says Confirmed H1N1 Deaths Worldwide Reach 1,799

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 – a jump from 1,462 deaths since the agency’s last update, Agence France-Presse/the Australian reports.

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 China’s AIDS patients stopped responding to treatment over five years and didn’t have access to the back-up drugs available in developed nations,” according to an Annals of Internal Medicine study, Bloomberg reports.