An increase in the number of injection drug users (IDUs) in eastern and southern Africa stands to harm efforts to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in the region, warned experts gathered at the World Forum Against Drug conference in Sweden on Monday, Agence France-Presse reports.
Researchers on Monday at the International Microbicides Conference (M2010) in Pittsburgh continued to present data on HIV prevention research, Reuters reports. The news service outlines several prevention methods being researched, including an intravaginal ring that over time releases two antiretrovirals (ARVs) â€“ dapivirine and maraviroc â€“ for up to a month, and a vaginal tablet that time-releases the antiretrovirals dapivirine and DS003 for up to 12 hours. Both methods have yet to reach clinical trials.
According to an annual ONE report, which tracks progress on aid commitments made at the 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, the G7 â€“ Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the U.S. â€“ is “on track to deliver 61 percent of their combined commitments to sub-Saharan Africa, or $13.7 billion of the $22.6 billion increase they promised,” allAfrica.com reports. The ONE report says that “there has been great progress in the past five years but â€¦ we have enough data to know that the [aid] targets and their ambitiously hopeful outcomes have not been met,” according to allAfrica.com (Allen, 5/25).
East African Examines 10-Year Research Program To Address Agriculture, Food Security, Climate Change In Rural Areas
The East African examines the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program, a 10-year research collaboration between the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) that aims to help rural communities address these three issues (Butunyi, 5/24).
A study in Africa, presented Sunday at the International Microbicides Conference (M2010) in Pittsburgh, has shown that a man’s risk of HIV infection doubles if his HIV-positive partner is pregnant, according to HealthDay News/U.S. News & World Report.
“Measles is making a rapid comeback in African, Asian and even some European countries despite being easily avoided through vaccination, the World Health Organization said Friday as countries pledged to sharply cut infections and deaths worldwide by 2015,” the Associated Press reports (Jordans, 5/22). On the final day of the 63rd Annual World Health Assembly, the assembly endorsed a series of interim targets towards the global eradication of measles, VOA News reports.
Also In Global Health News: Child Mortality In DRC; Low-Cost ARVs; Promoting Agriculture In Pakistan; Uganda’s HIV/AIDS Bill
Already High Child Mortality Exacerbated By Conflict In DRC The Associated Press/Washington Post examine how in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “ongoing rebel attacks and poor health care have produced a generation of mourning mothers and fathers, many of whom have lost more children than they are raising.” According…
Also In Global Health News: Water Purification In Kenya; Indonesian Malaria Program; Health Worker Shortages In Africa
Water Purification Unit Aims To Deliver Clean Water To Rural Kenyans Business Daily reports on new water purification unit that canÂ make 45,000-75,000 litres of potable water daily. Multi Purpose Industries, which is marketing the purifier,Â hasÂ installed one in aÂ market in Kenya.Â Â The company will work with the Ministry of Local Government to…
Investments in agricultural technology should be directed to Africa’s smallholder farmers in an effort to increase food security after decades of low funding, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in a report on Wednesday, Reuters reports (Lynn, 5/19).
In a recent report, Oxfam “outlines how aid has contributed to economic growth in poor countries by getting 33 million more children into school, boosting access to HIV drugs tenfold, funding tens of millions of anti-malaria bed nets, and building up health services,” Reuters AlertNet reports (Rowling, 5/20).