The WHO announced Friday it was expanding its efforts to control tobacco use in Africa, Reuters/ABC News reports. The agency “said it wanted to stop tobacco from becoming as prevalent in Africa as it is in other parts of the world and would set up a regional hub in 2010 for health experts to work with governments to introduce anti-smoking policies,” the news service writes.
Lancet Comment Examines Connection Between Climate Change, Health Ahead of the U.N. Climate Change conference in Copenhagen next week, a Lancet comment examines the health consequences associated with climate change and the case for linking climate and health goals. “The issue now is not whether climate change is occurring, but…
PlusNews examines the growing need to test how well HIV prevention strategies work â€“ a topic addressed Monday at a Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. “With the global economic crisis squeezing AIDS budgets, and a frustrating lack of progress in significantly reducing new HIV infections, donors and governments are under more pressure than ever to concentrate resources on prevention strategies that are known to work,” the news service writes.
Marking World AIDS Day on Tuesday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon “warned … that new infections are outpacing the gains from treating people with the HIV virus” and that discrimination against HIV-positive people remains “widespread,” the Associated Press reports.
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Cell Phone Program Reduces Maternal Mortality In Ghana IRINÂ looks at local programs in Ghana that “have cut dramatically the number of women dying during childbirth” by facilitating medical care through cell phone use.Â The publication writes that three years ago as part of the Millennium Villages project, “mobile handset producer Ericsson…
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Boston Globe Examines ‘Positive Deviance’ Approach To Improve Health The Boston Globe examines “‘positive deviance,’ an approach to behavioral and social change. Instead of imposing solutions from without, the method identifies outliers in a community who, despite having no special advantages, are doing exceptionally well. By respecting local ingenuity, proponents…
News outlets continued to examine the 2009 AIDS epidemic update released Tuesday by the WHO and UNAIDS: “The U.N. report said ‘AIDS continues to be a major public-health priority’ and called for more funds to support efforts to curb the epidemic and to distribute lifesaving drugs,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The U.N. report also suggested that health authorities need to focus resources on those most at risk” (Fairclough, 11/25).
The WHO is looking into reports that patients with “severely suppressed immune systems” in Britain and the U.S. developed resistance Tamiflu, which is used to treat the symptoms of H1N1 (swine flu), a spokesman for the organization said Tuesday, Reuters reports.
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Home Vs. Clinic Treatment of HIV In Uganda The New York Times reports on a Lancet studyÂ that found treating Ugandan HIV patients at home is cheaper and just as effective as treating them in a clinic. “The finding is important because five million more Africans will need AIDS drugs in…
An estimated 33.4 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, according to a report released Tuesday in Shanghai by the WHO and UNAIDS that shows “more people are living longer due to the availability of drugs,” Reuters/Washington Post reports (Rujun/Chan, 11/24).