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New Initiative Aims To Address Gap In Access To Injectable Contraceptives In Africa, South Asia

“For many women, injectable contraceptives have tremendous advantages: one shot of the popular Depo-Provera protects for three months. It is safe and effective, with almost no risk of unintended pregnancy,” Sara Tifft, a senior program officer for reproductive health at PATH, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” “Depo-Provera is very popular in…

Recognizing Japan’s Contribution To African Health, Development

“As we gather in Yokohama this week for the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, I’d like to take a moment and reflect on how far we have come,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The…

Partnerships Under Recently Launched GHIT Fund Will Search For Neglected Disease Treatments

“Five top Japanese drug companies are to open their ‘libraries’ of experimental compounds to scrutiny by scientists hunting new treatments for malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases affecting the world’s poor,” Reuters reports (Hirschler, 5/30). The public-private Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) “was set up in April and brings…

Wall Street Journal Investigates Shipments Of Fake Malaria Medicines From China To Africa

The Wall Street Journal investigates the shipping of counterfeit antimalarial medicines from China to Africa, writing a “blizzard of fakes threatens the progress” made against the mosquito-borne illness in recent years. The article looks specifically at Chinese copies of Coartem available for purchase in markets in Luanda, Angola, where last…

Scientists Find First Signs Of Antiviral Resistance In New H7N9 Virus

“Scientists have found the first cases of the new bird flu virus proving resistant to treatment with Tamiflu or similar drugs,” The Guardian reports. “The analysis of the course of the H7N9 bird flu virus and use of antivirals in 14 patients, reported in The Lancet (.pdf) medical journal, found…

Security Officer Protecting Pakistani Polio Team Killed In Attack

“Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in one of Pakistan’s restive tribal regions on Monday, killing a policeman who was providing security, officials said,” Agence France-Presse reports (5/20). “Local government administrator Faramosh Khan [said] the gunmen attacked the team on Monday in the town of Mamound in the Bajur tribal…

Reproductive Health Bill Stalled In Philippines Supreme Court

“Health workers are awaiting the outcome of a Supreme Court hearing, which will decide if the Philippines can finally implement comprehensive reproductive health services,” The Lancet reports. The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RHA) was signed by President Bebigno Aquino last December, the journal notes. “[T]he passage…