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Calls For New Global Infectious Diseases Agency Gaining Ground, VOA Reports

VOA News: Does Ebola Reveal WHO Shortfalls? “As the Ebola outbreak rages in three West African countries — and raises fears abroad — some are questioning whether the World Health Organization is being stretched too thin. A proposal for a new global agency to deal strictly with infectious diseases is…

Jordan Experiencing Increase In Antibiotic-Resistant Infections As Patients From Region Seek Care

The Atlantic: Invincible Bacteria in the Middle East “…For virulent infections, even fewer antibiotics are effective, and treatment is more complex. And as health systems deteriorate in surrounding countries, war-injured patients with complicated wounds are flocking to Jordan, the Middle East’s top destination for medical tourism, for treatment, bringing fierce…

Network Of Hospitals In Middle East Gulf States Work To Fight Antibiotic Resistance

The Guardian: Tackling antibiotic-resistant bacteria through collaborative networking Hosam Zowawi, microbiologist and scientific entrepreneur “…In 2011, the World Health Organization dedicated World Health Day to antibiotic-resistance and produced a policy package to combat antimicrobial resistance. Proposed measures included increasing surveillance and laboratory capacity, regulating and promoting the rational use of…

WHO To Strengthen Partnership With Romania To Improve TB Services

WHO/Europe: WHO to cooperate more closely with Romania on improving TB services “WHO/Europe will strengthen its partnership with Romania to improve the quality and delivery of tuberculosis (TB) services, turn the tide against drug-resistant TB, and accelerate the implementation of structural health system reforms in the country. These were the…

Novel Financing Mechanisms Needed To Improve Access To Multidrug-Resistant TB Treatment

PLOS Medicine: Global Financing and Long-Term Technical Assistance for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Scaling Up Access to Treatment Thomas Hwang of Harvard University and the Blackstone Group, and Salmaan Keshavjee of Harvard University and Partners in Health, explore issues surrounding scaling up access to treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, including novel financing structures…

Obama Administration’s Efforts To Prevent Antibiotic Overuse, Resistance Welcome

New York Times: A New Attack on Antibiotic Resistance Editorial Board “…The Obama administration announced some good measures this month that should help reduce the overuse of antibiotics in humans and much, though perhaps not all, of the overuse in animal husbandry that together are fueling the emergence of drug-resistant…

NGOs Work With African Pharmacies To Stop Malaria

Newsweek: Can We Rely on the Private Sector to Halt Malaria in Africa? “…In the U.S., if you want an antimalarial, you have to go see a doctor and get a prescription; this ensures that Americans are treated with only the best malaria drugs. But not in most African countries,…

U.S. Begins To Focus Attention On Antibiotic Resistance

Washington Post: The challenge of fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs Editorial Board “When some of the best science minds in the United States say a problem has become ‘dire,’ requires ‘urgent attention,’ is growing at an ‘alarming rate,’ and has become ‘a crisis’ that threatens medicine, economic growth, public health, agriculture, and…

White House Calls For Task Force To Devise Strategy To Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

News outlets report on President Barack Obama’s executive order to set up a task force aimed at combating the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, setting a deadline of February 15 for its members to submit a strategy. CNN: President signs order to fight superbugs “The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria could lead…

Collaboration Key For Strengthened Health Systems

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Collaboration is key for protecting U.S. investments in global health, say health leaders Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, summarizes comments made Wednesday by Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and…