Black Star News examines how the “raging global financial crisis is now forcing most African countries” to cut their budgets, including spending on health programs.
Zambian ministers on Thursday said the Netherlands and Sweden have frozen $33 million in aid that is used for HIV/AIDS and other health programs in response to allegations that senior health ministry officials stole $2 million, Reuters reports.
PTI/The Hindu examines a recently launched national HIV prevention program that will target an estimated 5 million truck drivers in India, a group health experts consider to be at high-risk for HIV.
Also in Global Health News: Polio Vaccines in Nigeria; Health Care in Indonesia; Circumcision To Prevent HIV/AIDS in Botswana
Nigeria Releases 57M Polio Vaccines, Aims To Increase Vaccine Coverage The Nigerian government recently released 57 million doses of the trivalent oral polio vaccine for a nationwide campaign that concluded on Sunday, Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper reports. Additional campaigns are scheduled for July, August and October (Muanya, Guardian, 5/28). The Guardian…
Michelle Obama Can Highlight ‘Disproportionate Impact’ of HIV/AIDS on Women, Girls During Africa Visit When first lady Michelle Obama travels to Ghana with the President in July she has the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the “disproportionate impact of AIDS on women and girls” worldwide, in turn helping to…
Jamaica has already achieved some U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets and is “on track” to attain five more, according to a report that mapped the country’s progress toward the MDGs, the Jamaica Observer reports.
Amid Zimbabwe’s growing humanitarian crisis, U.N. agencies on Monday released a revised statement of appeal for foreign donations totaling $718 million for “food, clean water, AIDS medicines and other aid â€“ up from an estimate of $550 million in November,” the AP/Washington Post reports.
According to a report released Tuesday by Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF), “Zimbabweans continue to cross the border [into South Africa] every day, legally and illegally, in massive numbers as a matter of survival,” AFP/Google.com reports.
The U.S. government recently announced a commitment to double its support for Malawi’s efforts to fight HIV/AIDS to $45 million annually, Xinhua reports.
Indonesia To Host International Congress On AIDS Indonesia will host the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific region, August 3 â€“ 13 in Bali, organizers of the event announced Wednesday, Xinhua reports. Indonesia was selected to host the congress because it “was one of the first…