WHO’s World Malaria Report 2009, released on Tuesday, found “increased funding is starting to pay off in the battle against malaria but prevention and treatment must be increased to try to halt the killer disease, Reuters reports. According to the Associated Press, there were more than 240 million cases of malaria and an estimated 863,000 people, mostly in Africa, died of the disease in 2008.
Flu Vaccine Shortages In Developing Countries Could Destabilize Global Security, Says Former WHO Deputy Head
“Flu vaccine shortages in developing nations may destabilize global security should the H1N1 [swine flu] virus become more deadly â€¦ David Heymann, a former deputy head of the World Health Organization” said Monday, Bloomberg reports.
Agence France-Presse examines the increase in insecticide resistant mosquitoes in Nigeria â€“ “the latest threat to combating malaria” in the country. “Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, contributes more than a quarter of the one million malaria deaths in Africa, according to official statistics,” AFP writes.
Since the WHO developed Directly Observed Therapy, Short-course (DOTS) in 1994 for the treatment of tuberculosis, approximately 36 million people have successfully completed treatment and been cured over the past 15 years, according to new data released by the WHO on Tuesday, health-e reports.
Reuters examines the search for new tuberculosis medicines and vaccines. “Although TB has plagued humankind for thousands of years, there is only one vaccine,” which isn’t very effective and doesn’t protect adults. “With the exception of rifabutin, there has been no new drug for TB for more than 40 years,” the news service writes.
Also In Global Health News: Clean Water In India; Cholera In Kenya; Zuma, Gates Discuss HIV/AIDS; MDR-TB In Marshall Islands; Sanitation In Jakarta
News Outlets Examine Water Purifier Launched In India India’s Tata Group on Monday “unveiled a new low-cost water purifier, which it hopes will provide safe drinking water for millions and cut the toll of deadly diseases,” Agence France-Presse/mysinchew.com reports. The purifier, named the Tata Swach, was designed to run in…
WHO Investigates Tamiflu Resistance, Updates Antiviral Recommendations For H1N1 Patients With Severely Compromised Immune Systems
Following recent reports of clusters of Tamiflu resistance, the WHO on Wednesday recommended that patients with severely weakened immune systems who become infected with the H1N1 (swine flu) virus receive additional antiviral treatment as needed throughout the duration of their illness, Agence France-Presse reports.
Also In Global Health News: Cell Phones Reduce Maternal Mortality; Kenya Cholera Outbreak; Drug-Resistant Salmonella
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…
The H1N1 (swine flu) virus appears to be spreading eastward across Europe and Asia, after appearing to have leveled off in the U.S. and some western European countries, the WHO said Friday, Reuters reports.
Antibiotic resistance is increasing throughout the world because of excessive use, Agence France-Press reports. The news service writes, “Experts at the 2nd annual European antibiotics awareness day held by the Stockholm-based European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (ECDC) said new, hyper-resistant bacteria were emerging, threatening the pillars of global health.”