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AP Examines HIV Microbicides, PrEP Research

“Try after try to make vaginal creams that could repel the AIDS virus have failed. Now researchers are testing if a drug used to treat HIV infection finally might give women a tool to prevent it – by infusing the medicine into vaginal gels and contraceptive-style rings,” the Associated Press reports in a piece that examines researchers’ latest efforts to create effective HIV microbicides, ahead of the biennial International Microbicides Conference next weekend.

USAID’s Shah On Six-Day Visit To Africa

“[O]n his first visit to Africa since taking charge as the administrator of USAID in January,” Rajiv Shah said in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday that the agency “is working to make Africa a bigger priority within the organization,” the Associated Press writes. USAID, which “funds and runs programs to improve health, food security, democracy and entrepreneurship in Africa,” has offices in 23 countries on the continent, according to the AP (5/15).

To Achieve MDGs, Economic Policies Must Help Poor, UNDP Head Says

Economic policies that help the poor will bring the world closer to meeting the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] – “[g]lobal targets to halve poverty and improve basic health by 2015,” Helen Clark, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) administrator, said Friday at the end of a four-nation tour of Africa, Agence France-Presse reports.

Science Special Issue Reports On Malaria

This week’s issue of Science features news articles focusing on recent progress on malaria control in Africa and discussing future challenges, including drug resistance.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Adopt Draft Code Of Health Personnel Recruitment At WHA, Lancet Comment Says As the 193 WHO member states gather at next week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) “a draft global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel will be on the agenda. Negotiation and adoption of a WHO…

TIME Examines How Charity T-Shirt Project Highlights Foreign Aid Debate

TIME reports on the recent efforts of a “young Florida businessman” who started a project “to collect a million shirts and send them to poor people in Africa.” The project elicited a range of responses from people in the aid world who have been debating “the best and worst ways to deliver charity, or whether to give at all.” The magazine examines these different perspectives.

Two-Thirds Of Child Deaths In 2008 Due To Infectious Diseases, Report Finds

Pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and other infectious diseases account for more than two-thirds of the 8.8 million deaths in 2008 among children under age 5 around the world, according to a Lancet study published on Wednesday, HealthDay News/Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. The highest numbers of childhood deaths were in Africa (4.2 million) and Southeast Asia (2.39 million), according to the news service (5/11).

Also In Global Health News: Aid, Polio In Pakistan; Abortion In Africa; NGO Licenses; India’s Maternal Mortality Rates; HIV/AIDS In Philippines; MDGs

U.S. Aid To Pakistan; Anti-Polio Efforts Politico examines the debate over how the U.S. should spend its aid to Pakistan, which has “new urgency after the Times Square car bomb attempt May 1.” According to Politico, “[m]ajor U.S. investments are now envisioned in energy, agriculture and education. The article looks…

Health Leaders From Sub-Saharan Africa Gather For Three-Day Conference On Family Planning In Kenya

A three-day conference exploring ways to increase access to family planning services in Africa kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, Capital FM reports. The meeting, which is hosted by USAID, will bring together “USAID’s partners in Sub Saharan Africa who include Angola, Burundi, [Democratic Republic of Congo], Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan and Tanzania,” to work to identify gaps in reproductive and family planning services and address ways to reach out to populations in need, the news service writes (Karong’o, 5/11).