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Also In Global Health News: Kenya Approves Constitution; Angola Vaccinates Against Polio; Misoprostol In Kenya; Preventing HIV In IDUs

Kenya Approves Constitution In Peaceful Election “Kenyans voted in favour of a new constitution in a peaceful referendum that could reshape the political landscape of east Africa’s largest economy, partial results showed on Thursday,” Reuters writes. The new constitution “addresses the corruption, political patronage, land-grabbing and tribalism which have plagued…

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Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflects On TB Diagnosis In Children “[N]ew diagnostic techniques [for tuberculosis] need to be studied in children,” according to a Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection. “Tuberculosis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in children worldwide, but estimates of disease burden are inaccurate because most cases are…

Opinions: PEPFAR Funding; Aid In Africa; Obama, Human Rights

U.S. Should Fully Support PEPFAR Following a recent letter by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) to President Barack Obama that “expressed concern about the future of” PEPFAR “as details of the Obama administration’s Global Health Initiative emerge,” a Courier-Journal editorial looks at how the “U.S. made a commitment to be a major player in the…

Mathematical Model Projects Potential Impact Of Current Tools Fighting Malaria In Africa

Current tools for combating malaria, such as artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) and increasing coverage of insecticide-treated bednets (ITN) “could dramatically reduce the burden of malignant malaria on parts of Africa if a comprehensive, sustained intervention programme were in place,” according to a study published this week in PLoS Medicine, CORDIS News reports.
“According to the study, half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria infection, and every year it claims the lives of nearly 1 million people in sub-Saharan Africa,” the news service adds. “Plasmodium falciparum, one of the species of Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans, is transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes that normally bite (and inject the deadly parasites) at night,” CORDIS News reports (8/11).

Reuters Examines Measles Outbreaks In Africa

Reuters reports on how some health experts worry that growing complacency about the threat of measles in Africa is contributing to “some of [the continent’s] largest and most deadly outbreaks in years.” Worldwide, “[a]bout 164,000 people died from measles in 2008, down 78 percent from 733,000 in 2000, according to the Measles Initiative,” Reuters reports, adding that “UNICEF fears the combined effect of decreased political and financial commitment to measles could reverse the gains, resulting in an estimated 1.7 million measles-related deaths globally between 2010 and 2013.”

Health Leaders Gather To Discuss WHO’s Work In Africa

Health leaders from 46 African WHO member states gathered in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday for the 60th session of the Africa Committee of the WHO, Agencia AngolaPress reports. According to the news service, meeting attendees will discuss a report on the WHO Africa’s activity in the region during the 2008-2009 period to evaluate the success and challenges associated with efforts to improve health outcomes in Africa (8/30).