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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…

South African Researcher To Head UNAIDS Panel On Science Strategy

“South African epidemiologist and University of KwaZulu-Natal Professor Salim Adbool Karim has been named the chair of the newly established UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel,” Times Live reports (Child, 6/4). “The panel which he will head up is tasked with providing strategic advice on the relevance of new research and findings…

E.U., UNICEF To Provide $59M To Nigeria For Health, Water Initiatives

The European Union (E.U.) and UNICEF have agreed to provide 44.75 million euros ($59 million) to Nigeria for water and health projects, Bloomberg reports. Maternal and child health programs in two northern states will receive 40 million euros over four years, with the remaining 14.75 million euros going to water…

Rumors Spread By Islamic Rebels Hindering Polio Vaccination Campaign In Somalia

“Islamic extremist rebels are fighting a campaign in Somalia to administer a polio vaccine, charging that it contains the virus that causes AIDS or could make children sterile, a battle of words that is frustrating health workers,” the Associated Press reports. “Vaccination workers who walked door to door in the…