VOA News reports that fake pharmaceuticals pose a greater risk to stability and human security in West Africa than illegal drug trafficking, according to U.N. Office Against Drugs and Crime report.
During his visit to Ghana over the weekend, President Obama praised the country for its achievements while calling on African leaders to take responsibility for the future of the continent, CNN reports.
Obama’s Policy Could Make U.S.-Africa Relations ‘Flower’ Although critics have said that President Obama’s speech in Ghana “sounded a familiar refrain” echoing “the same message about good governanceâ€¦ from presidents Clinton and George W. Bush”Â and “[n]o new programs or initiatives” for the continent,Â “just because the message is old doesn’t mean…
GlaxoSmithKline Pledges $97M Investment In AIDS Drugs For Africa, Allows South African Drugmaker To Produce Generic Second-Line Treatment
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Tuesday announced plans to invest $97 million over 10 years “to improve research, development and access to AIDS drugs in Africa,” Reuters reports.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday said food prices remain high in many developing countries because of reduced harvests, civil conflict and other factors, AP/Google.com reports.
IRIN examines a Health Affairs report that found “one in four families living in the world’s poorest countries borrows money or sells assets in order to afford health care.”
Also In Global Health News: Texting4Health; Uganda HIV/AIDS; Brain Drain And Needle Safety In Africa
Daily Monitor Reports On Success, Expansion Of Pilot Study Using Health Text MessagesÂ The Daily Monitor reviews the success of the recent 10-day “Texting4Health” pilot study in Uganda that used cell phones to “gauge the basic health knowledge” of subscribers to the MTN network. According to the newspaper, the study,…
Also In Global Health News: Disease-Specific Initiatives; Polio In Pakistan; Mental Illness; Rep. Payne Interview
Disease-Specific Initiatives Produce Mixed Results, Survey Says Disease-specific initiatives, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and PEPFAR, are having mixed results on health systems in recipient countries and should be “retooled to become less disruptive,” according to a survey conducted by the NGO Groots Kenya…
MSM HIV Infection Rates In Some African Countries Significantly Higher Than General Population Rates, Study Says
HIV infection rates among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in “some African countries are 10 times that of the general male population, and stigma, poor access to treatment or testing are to blame,” according to a Lancet study published online on Monday, AFP/China Post reports.
John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, a former president of Ghana, has been named a global ambassador against hunger for the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP), Xinhua reports.