The Atlantic examines the emergence of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis around the world, with a look at the situation in South Africa. “[T]he resurgence of tuberculosis is not limited to South Africa. India and China have the largest numbers of tuberculosis cases, and multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been found in nearly every country, with XDR [extensively drug resistant]-TB in at least 57 countries,” according to the article.
Reuters examines efforts to control tuberculosis in China, which has the “world’s second largest tuberculosis burden after India.” The news service writes, “China has 4.5 million TB cases currently; and each year 1.4 million people fall ill with the disease. TB killed 160,000 people in China in 2008, according to the World Health Organization.”
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U.S. H1N1 Response Highlights Need For Improvements “[D]espite the tireless efforts of public health and health-care workers, America’s experience with H1N1 shows that the nation is not prepared to deal with a flu pandemic,” former Democratic Senator Bob Graham and former Republican Senator Jim Talent write in Washington Post opinion…
The Associated Press reports on how the misuse of drugs worldwide has contributed to drug-resistant diseases in a series of articles following a six-month investigation by the news service. The AP examines growing resistance to HIV drugs: “Ten years ago, between 1 percent and 5 percent of HIV patients worldwide…
Lancet Infectious Diseases Piece Highlights Positive Results Of PEPFAR In Mozambique In a Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece, a group of “PEPFAR-implementing partners” in Mozambique counter a previous piece published in the journal that says there is “abuse” of PEPFAR money in the country. The authors contend that…
GlobalPost examines antibiotic resistance and overprescribing in China. The country “has high rates of antibiotic resistance and a health care system that provides strong financial incentives for over-prescribing antibiotics. Now the central government is taking measures to change that. Stockpiling antibiotics at home is a common practice among Chinese households,” GlobalPost writes.
Also In Global Health News: HIV Prevention In China; Global Fund In Philippines; Drug-Resistant TB; U.S. Stance On Anti-Gay Legislation
Government-Backed Gay Bar Opens In China Aims To Educate About HIV Prevention “A gay bar partially funded by the government of a Chinese city heavily affected by AIDS has finally opened after a delay caused by intense media interest which the owners felt may scared off potential patrons,” Reuters Life!…
Also In Global Health News: Hospital Births In Guinea-Bissau; Drought In E. Africa; Drug-Resistant Malaria; U.S. Response To H1N1
IRIN Examines Increasing Number Of Hospital Births In Guinea-Bissau IRIN examines the increase in the number of women giving birth in hospital settings rather than delivery by a traditional birth attendant â€“ a behavior that health officials hope will lead to a drop in the country’s maternal mortality rate. “According…
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.