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Major Drug Trial Fails To Control TB In South African Gold Mines

News sources report on the results of a study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine evaluating tuberculosis (TB) control in South African gold mines. Agence France-Presse: Tuberculosis trial fails to aid S. African miners “What researchers described as a ‘radical’ bid to cut down on tuberculosis…

AIDS-Related Stigma In Cameroon Proves To Be Public Health Problem

IRIN: Enduring HIV stigma in Cameroon “People living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon, which has the highest prevalence of the disease in West and Central Africa, endure widespread stigma, with some facing difficulties obtaining bank loans or suffering mistreatment at hospitals, patients and observers say…” (1/23).

Tanzania, Pakistan Work To Meet MDGs

Two news sources report on Tanzania’s and Pakistan’s efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).IPP Media: ‘Achievement of MDGs needs strong strategies’ “Tanzania still needs strong and sustainable strategies in order to achieve Millennium Development Goals, especially number four and five…” (Mwachang’a, 1/23).The Nation: Health, education MDGs a far…

Crises In South Sudan, CAR May Overshadow African Union Summit

Deutsche Welle: Current crises overshadow African Union summit “…The main theme of the annual meeting of African heads of state and government was to have been ‘agriculture and food security.’ But once again it is the continent’s crises, such as the one in South Sudan, that will dominate the agenda…”…

Stigma Surrounding Leprosy In Africa Propels Spread Of Disease

Agence France-Presse: Fear and ignorance fuel spread of leprosy in Africa “…Between 200 and 300 new cases of leprosy are reported each year in Senegal but doctors believe that only a small proportion of patients are detected. … World Leprosy Day — a period of three days, in fact, aimed…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 36 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article on the crisis in Central African Republic, one on HIV stigma, and one on malaria control in the Mekong region (1/23).

Kenyan First Lady Will Run London Marathon To Promote Health Care Foundation

Two news outlets report on Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s launch of her health care foundation. The Star: First Lady Kenyatta launches foundation for maternal health “First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has embarked on a campaign to fight new HIV/AIDS infections and increase access to maternal and child health services. The…

Deutsche Welle Examines Africa’s Plan To Fight Hunger With Genetically Modified Crops

Deutsche Welle: Can genetically modified crops end hunger in Africa? “The U.N. estimates that 223 million people in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from malnutrition. … At an African Agriculture Conference in 2012, 24 African countries agreed to allow the use of genetically modified (GM) crops. But so far, commercial use of…

Scientists In Senegal Make Progress In Preventing Schistosomiasis

Al Jazeera: Scientists make breakthrough on bilharzia “A parasitic disease known as bilharzia, or schistosomiasis, has infected more than 200 million people, but scientists in northern Senegal say they have made a breakthrough in treating it…” (Haque, 1/24).