New This Week In The Kaiser Global Health Policy Tracker: The President’s Malaria Initiative announced a new focus country and USAID released aÂ new fact sheet on the agency’s reform initiative. Kaiser’s Policy Tracker provides a timely single reference point for the latest information on congressional andÂ administrationÂ action on global health. Strengthening…
Also In Global Health News: Congo Polio Outbreak; Aid Groups Ordered Closed In Afghanistan; Subsidized Malaria Drugs In Kenya; Gates Grand Challenges; Contraception In The Philippines
Polio Outbreak In Congo Leads To Emergency Immunization Effort “Eighty-five deaths and 184 cases of paralysis were reported in the port city of Pointe Noire, the epicenter of the Republic of Congo’s first polio outbreak in a decade, the World Health Organization said in a statement yesterday,” Bloomberg reports. “The…
“Using mobile-phone text messages to remind HIV patients to take their dose of life-saving medications can give a major boost to drug adherence, according to an innovative trial in Kenya unveiled on Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse reports.
A study that included nearly 2,500 HIV-negative men and transgender women who have sex with men has shown that a daily dose of Truvada, a pill containing the AIDS drugs emtricitabine and tenofovir, “can reduce risk of contracting [HIV] by an average of 44% â€“ and by more than 70% if the subjects” follow the regimen closely, Los Angeles Times reports (Maugh, 11/23).
Study Estimates Cost Savings Associated With Global Polio Eradication; Global Post Examines Vaccination Efforts In Africa
Research published in the November issue of the journal Vaccine found that a global campaign to eliminate polio could save between $40 billion and $50 billion “over the next few decades if the crippling disease is wiped out within five years,” Bloomberg reports (Gale, 11/22).
At a press conference in London, health officials said that the anticipated roll-out of the MenAfriVac for meningitis in three African countries will start on Dec. 6, the BBC reports. “The vaccine, which has been developed in India, costs less than fifty U.S. cents a dose and clinical tests suggest it could offer protection for between 10 and 15 years,” the news service writes (Bowdler, 11/22).
Opinions: The Pope And Condoms; Fighting HIV/AIDS In South Africa; Malaria Eradication Or Control; Health Care Workers; Foreign Aid In Haiti
Religion, Public Health Need To Respect Role Played By Other Reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI’s recent statements regarding the use of condoms to prevent the transmission of HIV, Michael Gerson writes in a Washington Post column: “No effective AIDS prevention strategy can ignore the role of condoms â€“ or the…
Efforts Against Drug-Resistant Malaria Along Thai-Cambodian Border Show Progress, But More ‘Aggressive’ Approach Needed, Health Officials Say
Efforts to prevent the spread of drug-resistant malaria along the border between Cambodia and Thailand are showing signs of progress, but additional work is needed to contain the new strain, health officials said on Friday, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports.
Adapting To Malaria, Rather Than Eradicating It,Â Might Lead To Significant Gains Recent “discoveries of a possible wild reservoir for humankind’s most malignant malaria, some 130 years after the discovery of the malaria parasite, could mean that it will be impossible to eradicate malaria,” Sonia Shah, theÂ author of “The Fever: How…
Former U.N. Secretary-General, Gates Foundation CEO, Ethiopian Official Address World Food Prize Conference
In a speech at the World Food Prize conference on Thursday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed several topics related to food security and said that discrimination against women is limiting agricultural development in Africa, the Des Moines Register reports.