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American Medical News Examines PEPFAR Five-Year Strategy

American Medical News examines the future of PEPFAR, as outlined in a five-year strategy released Dec. 1. “The plan’s five-year strategy report calls for strengthening other countries’ abilities to lead [a] response to the AIDS epidemic and other health issues, and expanding prevention, care and treatment,” the news service writes. “It also seeks to integrate and coordinate HIV/AIDS programs with broader global health and development programs to maximize the impact on health systems, and invest in innovation and operations research to improve patient care and provide the best outcomes.”

IRIN Series Examines Health, Development Issues In Kenya

In a special series, IRIN examines health and development in Kenya. “The vast arid lands of northern Kenya are generally drier, less fertile, poorer and rank lower in most humanitarian and development league tables than the rest of the country. …  Preventable and treatable diseases are often neither prevented nor treated…

VOA News Examines Obstetric Fistula In Africa

VOA News examines obstetric fistula in Africa and looks at health officials’ efforts to prevent and treat the condition. “Poverty is the biggest factor. Access to a Caesarean section to relieve the pressure of obstructed labor is the most common way of preventing an unborn child from pressing so tightly in the birth canal that it cuts off blood flow to surrounding tissue,” the news service writes.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Scientific American Examines Neglected Tropical Diseases A Scientific American article examines recent efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The author writes “NTDs have plagued humankind for thousands of years. … What is new, however, is that donors, drugmakers, health ministries in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization…

Opinions: Future Of PEPFAR; Family Planning

Washington Post Editorial Examines Future Of PEPFAR A Washington Post editorial examines the future of PEPFAR under the Obama administration, as outlined in a five-year strategy released earlier this month. Though “[m]any organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, continue to worry that Mr. Obama is ‘flat-lining’ funding for the vital program,”…

DOTS Has Cured 36M People, Prevented Up To 8M TB Deaths Over 15 Years, WHO Says

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.

Also In Global Health News: Rotavirus Vaccine; Guinea Worm Eradication; Health Systems; Zulu King Calls For Male Circumcision

West African Group Calls For Governments To Vaccinate Children Against Rotavirus The West African Rotavirus Advisory Board is calling on governments to vaccinate children against rotavirus, IRIN reports. At a recent meeting in Dakar, Senegal, which was “financed by GlaxoSmithKline, makers of one of two rotavirus vaccines” the board issued…

Opinions: Climate Change And Health; HIV/AIDS

In light of the U.N. Climate Change Conference, which starts today in Copenhagen, Denmark, news outlets published several opinion items related to climate change and health. Summaries appear below: To Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Focus On Health-Related Benefits Of Clean Air Jean-Paul Chretien, a Truman National Security Project fellow, writes in a…