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New York Times Examines Questions Left Unanswered By Microbicide Trial

The New York Times examines a set of questions raised by news out of the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 last week that a microbicide gel containing the antiretroviral (ARV) tenofovir used by women before and after sex helped reduce their risk of HIV infection by 39 percent.

IRIN Examines Efforts To Attract Health Workers To Underserved, Rural Communities

IRIN examines WHO efforts to better understand factors influencing health workers’ decisions about where to work in order to help fight health care worker shortages in developing countries. According to the news service, a group of 40 experts assembled by the agency “is finalizing recommendations to help governments attract more health workers to sparsely staffed areas,” IRIN writes.

Also In Global Health News: Namibia Lifts HIV Travel Ban; HIV Treatment In East Africa; India’s ‘Lifestyle’ Disease Challenge; Mideast HIV/AIDS Strategy

UNAIDS Praises Namibia For Lifting HIV Travel Ban “Namibia received praise Thursday from the United Nations joint programme on AIDS after the south-west African nation lifted restrictions on the movement of people infected with the disease,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M & C writes. According to U.N. data, the news agency writes, “51…

World Bank Announces New Head For Its HIV/AIDS Program

“The World Bank on Thursday named David Wilson, a Zimbabwean national who has written extensively about AIDS in the developing world, to head the poverty-fighting institution’s global HIV/AIDS program,” Reuters reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Viewpoint Examines Malaria In Africa 10 Years After Abuja Declaration A Lancet Viewpoint examines the problems and prospects in malaria control since the Abuja Declaration was signed 10 years ago with the goal of halving malaria mortality in Africa by 2010. “There is an obvious euphoric sense that elimination…

Early HIV Treatment Reduces Death, Likelihood Of TB, Study Finds

“Early treatment for HIV cuts patients’ risk of death by about 75 percent,” according to a study conducted in Haiti and published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The study also demonstrated that “early antiretroviral treatment reduces the likelihood of tuberculosis, a leading cause of death among HIV patients, by 50 percent,” the news service writes (Aquino, 7/14).

Also In Global Health News: North Korean Health Crisis; HIV/AIDS In India; Antibiotics For Malaria Prevention; WHO Flu Pandemic Status; Dengue In Florida; HIV/AIDS Among IDUs In Ukraine

Amnesty International Report Describes North Korea’s ‘Desperate Picture of Health’ A new report by Amnesty International paints a “desperate picture of the health of North Korea’s population,” the Guardian reports. Amnesty International describes “a country of stunted children, where the hungry eat poisonous plants and pigfeed … amputations are conducted without…

AIDS 2010 Opinions: U.S. Funding for Global HIV/AIDS Programs; Empowering Women, Girls In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Global Health Leaders Respond To Recent New York Times’ Opinion Pieces Two global health leaders respond to AIDS-related opinion pieces in the New York Times letters section. The first letter, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, addresses an opinion piece by Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and honorary chairman of the Global AIDS…

Global Fund Director Calls On Emerging Countries To Invest More In Programs To Reduce HIV/AIDS, TB And Malaria At AIDS 2010

On the final day of the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 Friday, Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria called upon “China, India and other fast-growing economies” to chip in to help close the funding gap in efforts to battle HIV/AIDS, Agence France-Presse reports. “Until now, these countries have been recipients of AIDS funds, not donors,” the news service writes.

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