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Uganda Experiencing HIV Treatment, Testing Kit Stock Outs, IRIN Reports

“Uganda has run out of most antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), HIV testing kits, drugs to treat opportunistic infections and several crucial diagnostic tools for HIV care, according to a recent Ministry of Health stock status report [.pdf],” IRIN reports. The report, posted on May 27, “listed the status of medical supplies…

The Atlantic Examines China’s Role In Counterfeit Medicines, Medical Aid In Africa

Noting “[a] small but growing body of evidence partly faults China for the massive upswing in counterfeit medications in Africa,” The Atlantic examines whether “the Chinese pharmaceutical industry [can] overcome its reputation for producing bogus medicine.” The magazine describes China’s role in the discovery of artemisinin and the resulting artemisinin…

The Guardian Examines Support For, Concerns Over New Alliance Initiative

Though non-governmental organizations (NGOs) “have expressed concern over the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, the G8 initiative that seeks to enlist the private sector in efforts to boost African agriculture,” Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Akinwumi Adesina “insists that the New Alliance can work for Nigeria,…

Wall Street Journal Examines Global Shortage Of TB Drugs

“The U.S., India and other nations are facing shortages of tuberculosis [TB] drugs — threatening to reverse decades of progress against a deadly disease that is becoming increasingly untreatable,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Worldwide, TB is becoming increasingly drug-resistant, and drug shortages are ‘one of the main reasons,’ said…

DNDi R&D Making Progress, But More Leadership, Coordination, Funding Needed

“For the past 10 years, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) has been involved in research and development (R&D) for neglected diseases around the world, developing six new treatments for malaria, sleeping sickness, kala azar and Chagas,” IRIN reports. The news service provides statements from several people who attended…

WHO Credits New Vaccine For Lowest Meningitis Case Numbers In 10 Years

“Case numbers in Africa’s meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the [WHO] said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac and developed with support from…

Governance, Security Are ‘Essential’ To Eradicate Polio

In his “Africa in Transition” blog, John Campbell, Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, examines the reemergence of polio in the Horn of Africa, noting the WHO in April “reported the new presence of wild polio virus type 1 (WPV1) in the…

International Community Must Keep Current MDGs In Sight

Noting “the United Nation’s High Level Panel (HLP) [last week] released its report [.pdf] on recommendations for what should follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after the deadline to meet them expires in 2015,” Sara Harcourt, policy director at the ONE Campaign, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece,…

Learning From The Success Of African Leadership In AIDS Response

“The AIDS epidemic threatened to overcome Africa — but instead, Africa and the world have united to overcome AIDS, going farther than most ever thought possible,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “Today fewer people are becoming newly infected with HIV, millions…