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Recent Releases: IAS 2009; HIV/AIDS Global Response, Treatment, Funding; PEPFAR; Health Affairs

IAS Conference Blog; Lancet Profiles Incoming Executive Director Ahead of the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which begins on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa – the IAS 2009 Live blog started publishing, including the latest developments and resources and featured guest bloggers. A Lancet perspective piece profiles…

U.N. Issues Alert Over Deteriorating Health Situation In Somalia

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued an alert on Thursday “seeking donor help” to address the health situation in southern and central Somalia, “which has continued to deteriorate due to latest fighting in [the capital of] Mogadishu,” Xinhua reports.

Health Indicators In South Africa Vary By District, Report Indicates

In South Africa – “the quality of health care, including access to HIV prevention and testing services,” largely depends on which of the country’s 52 districts a resident lives in – according to findings in the latest District Health Barometer (DHB), an annual report by Health Systems Trust, IRIN reports.

Also In Global Health News: Potential New Drug-Resistant TB Treatment; HIV/AIDS Education; Interview With Assistant Secretary of State Carson; African Health Systems

Parkison’s Disease Drugs Could Treat MDR-TB, XDR-TB Researchers said “computer models and lab experiments suggest the drugs tolcapone or Tasmar made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, and entacapone or Comtan made by Novartis AG [used to treat Parkinson's disease] have the potential to treat” multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant TB, Reuters…