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Zambia, Zimbabwe Address TB/HIV Co-Infection

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog outlines efforts to fight TB/HIV co-infection in Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Zambia, a partnership among the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia with funding from PEPFAR and Zambia’s Ministry of Health began a pilot program in several prisons to identify…

Partnership And Accountability Among Countries Will Lead To Global Health Successes

In remarks at the Africa Health Forum on Friday in Washington, D.C., Deputy Secretary of State William Burns discussed the evolution of foreign assistance and cooperation “from a donor-recipient relationship to more of a partnership,” according to a speech transcript provided by the U.S. State Department. “This partnership — based…

U.K., International Community Should Follow Africa’s Lead On Efforts To Stop FGM

“Last month the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) announced that £35 million [$53.3 million] would be provided to help eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa and elsewhere,” Efua Dorkenoo, advocacy director of the FGM program for Equality Now, writes in the Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network.” She continues,…

CSIS Panel Discussion Examines Community-Based Health Programs

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a recent “panel discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies [CSIS] Global Health Policy Center on ‘Using Community-Based Platforms to Provide Integrated Services for Women: The Pathfinder Approach in Tanzania.'” The blog includes comments from Pathfinder…

Guardian Special Report Examines China’s Involvement In African Development

The Guardian on Monday published a special report on China’s involvement in Africa, noting the country “has committed billions of dollars in development finance for Africa over the past decade as Beijing seeks to secure its political and economic clout on the continent.” Among others, the section includes an article…

U.K. To End Bilateral Assistance To South Africa By 2015

“The U.K. Department for International Development [DfID] has decided to end its bilateral assistance to South Africa by 2015, raising concerns among several non-governmental organizations,” Devex’s “The Development Newswire” reports. “DfID has pledged to finish active projects in the country. But by 2015, the United Kingdom’s role will solely focus…

Top South Africa Aims To Close Drug Patent Loophole That Allows For ‘Ever-Greening’

“South Africa plans to overhaul its intellectual property laws to improve access to cheaper medicines by making it harder for pharmaceutical firms to register and roll-over patents for drugs, a senior official said on Monday,” Reuters reports. The efforts to close “a loophole known as ‘ever-greening,’ whereby drug companies slightly…

New York Times Profiles Carter Center’s Leader For Guinea Worm Eradication

The New York Times on Monday profiled Donald Hopkins, who is leading the fight to eradicate Guinea worm in his role as “vice president for health programs at the Carter Center, the group founded by former President Jimmy Carter to advance human rights and fight disease.” The article examines the…

Fighting Schistosomiasis Would Help Reduce HIV Incidence, Researchers Say

“The transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa could be slashed if efforts are made to combat the spread of the waterborne disease schistosomiasis by providing clean water, sanitation and health education, a study reports,” SciDev.Net writes. Schistosomiasis can cause genital ulcers in women, making them more susceptible to HIV infection,…