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Global Fund-Financed Programs Reaching More People, Report Shows

The most recent statistics on programs funded in 140 countries through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released Wednesday reveal “[m]ore than 2 million people living with HIV have been reached with life-saving treatment,” the UN News Centre reports.

President Obama To Visit Ghana Friday

IRIN reports that Ghanaians “are mixing high hopes with caution” in anticipation of President Obama’s arrival in the country Friday – “his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa.”

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.

Op-Eds: Pharma In Africa; U.S. Global TB Funding; ITN Distribution Strategies Examined

Economic Crisis Presents Opportunity To Reform Pharmaceutical Practices In Africa, Says UNAIDS Head With an estimated 22 million people living with HIV in Africa, the demand for affordable and effective HIV/AIDS medications on the continent presents an opportunity to reform its pharmaceutical practices, Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, writes…

Also In Global Health News: Uganda ARVs; Malaria in Yemen; Seasonal Hunger; Zimbabwe Maternal Deaths; Nigeria Polio Campaign

Lack Of Funds Prevents HIV-Positive People In Uganda From Receiving Antiretroviral Treatment Some health service providers in Uganda have had to turn away “HIV patients who qualify to receive free antiretroviral therapy,” because the “credit crunch” has created a lack of funds, the Observer reports. Uganda’s antiretroviral program is about…

U.S., Russia Sign Agreement To Cooperate On Health Goals

The White House announced on Monday that the U.S. and Russia have signed on to a “memo of understanding” to cooperate on several public health and medical science projects, ModernHealthcare.com 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…

Global Fund Faces $3B Funding Shortfall

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is facing a budget shortfall of about $3 billion, Marcela Rojo, a Global Fund spokesperson, said on Friday, Reuters reports.