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Results Of African Malaria Vaccine Trial Expected Later This Year

The final phase of testing for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals’ malaria vaccine, RTS,S, is underway in seven sub-Saharan African countries, and “[i]f the results, due to be released later this, year confirm the vaccine’s efficacy in preventing malaria, it could be made available as early as 2015,” IRIN reports.

Rats Help Tackle Humanitarian Issues

John Campbell, a senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes about “HeroRATs” in this CFR blog post. The giant pouched rat, a species native to Africa, can be trained to detect landmines and tuberculosis in laboratory samples, Campbell notes, adding, “HeroRATs are an innovative…

Use Public-Private Partnerships To Improve Access To Essential Health Products

A new report (.pdf) from the International Vaccine Access Center “asks why products like Coca Cola can reach remote villages in developing nations while essential medicines like antibiotics cannot always be found,” according to an IVAC press release. The report, titled, “Improving Access to Essential Medicines Through Public-Private Partnership,” “documents…

Michelle Obama Visits HIV/AIDS Clinic In Botswana

“Michelle Obama on Friday began the second leg of her weeklong visit to Africa by wielding a brush to help paint a mural” at the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence in the capital city of Gaborone, the Associated Press reports. The clinic serves 4,000 children and their families who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, according to the news service (Superville, 6/24).

Obama Visit Highlights Importance Of U.S. Engagement In Africa

First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa this week “is focusing national attention on the serious U.S. strategic interests on the continent,” Steve Morrison, director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Lisa Carty, deputy director of the CSIS center, write in a Politico opinion piece.

Michelle Obama’s Message Of Leadership For ‘HIV-Free Future’

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby writes about First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa and her focus on “youth leadership, education, health and wellness,” including HIV/AIDS, in this Office of National AIDS Policy blog post. “The Obama Administration is more committed than ever to build on the successes of the last decade and to continue to work with other governments and partners as we all work toward our shared goal of a world without HIV/AIDS. And we hope the millions of lives saved to date will inspire youth in Africa and around the world to continue their fight for an HIV-free future,” he writes (6/23).

Mobile Technology, Global Health And Humanitarian Relief

This ONE Blog post describes a $28 million public-private partnership between the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the Vodafone Foundation, which has helped mobile technology “become inextricably connected to global health and humanitarian relief.” The post describes how mobile phones are helping physicians track patient records and disease outbreaks and…