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Also In Global Health News: Sanitation In Asia; Cholera In Cameroon; Drought In Ethiopia; Namibia, Angola Malaria MoU; Typhoid Treatment

Lack Of Access To Sanitation In Asia Causing Preventable Diseases Though Asia’s economies have quickly rebounded from the 2008-2009 global recession, “dismal sanitation facilities are causing preventable diseases in poor communities where people would readily spend money on a mobile phone – but not on a latrine,” according to social…

Also In Global Health News: Women Losing Height; WFP Suspends Aid Operations In Parts Of S. Sudan; PSA Aims To Encourage Pledges For GAVI

Study Finds Women In 14 African Countries Have Lost Height Over Last Few Decades A study published in the journal PLoS One “shows that the average height of women in 14 African countries is shrinking,” which “spells bad news for the future health of those nations,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports. “Researchers at the…

MSF Letter Criticizes Johnson & Johnson For Not Joining Medicines Patent Pool

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) recently sent a letter to Johnson & Johnson criticizing the pharmaceutical company for “refusing to make patents on three HIV drugs available to a program that would reduce the cost of the medicines in developing countries,”  the Star-Ledger reports. Johnson & Johnson holds the patents on the…

World Malaria Day Opinion Pieces

The U.K.’s Plan To Eliminate Malaria Deaths Andrew Mitchell, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, discusses the U.K.’s approach to combating malaria around the world in a post on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog.” “[O]ver the next four years we will help to halve malaria deaths in 10 of…

Rate Of Antiretroviral Virological Failure Higher Among Children Living With HIV/AIDS Than Adults, Study Finds

One in eight children living with HIV/AIDS “experiences triple-class virological failure – meaning the virus becomes resistant to multiple drugs – within five years of starting antiretroviral treatment,” according to a study published Wednesday in the Lancet, HealthDay News/MSN reports. The “failure rate is higher than in adults and highlights the challenge of maintaining viral load suppression in young patients who begin antiretroviral therapy so early in life, the researchers said,” according to the news service (Preidt, 4/19).