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Also In Global Health News: Developing Country Agriculture; MDR-TB In Pakistan, HIV/AIDS Funding In Ghana; Rwandan Religious Groups Fighting Disease; Trafficked Nigerian Girls Found

Oxfam Calls On G8 Leaders To Increase Agriculture Investment In Developing Countries The development group Oxfam is calling on G8 leaders, ahead of their meeting in Italy, to increase investment in agriculture in developing countries, Reuters reports. The group recently released a report, which shows that agricultural assistance by G8…

Also In Global Health News: Malawi ARV Program; Health Care In Gaza; Pneumonia Vaccine In Kenya; South African Pregnant Women And HIV; Uganda’s Food Shortage

Malawian Government Supplies 250,000 HIV-Positive Citizens With Free Antiretrovirals The government of Malawi supplies 250,000 of its HIV positive citizens with antiretrovirals (ARVs) free of charge, Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika said during an AIDS candlelight memorial outside of the capital city, Blantyre, on Sunday, the AFP reports. The president…

Lancet Articles Address Variety Of Global Health Issues

Health Community Should Welcome Human Rights Community’s Help With Reducing Maternal Deaths Efforts by the human rights community to reach the 2015 U.N. Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters “should be welcomed by the health community,” according to a Lancet editorial. “The health community must be willing…

Also In Global Health News: HIV-Positive Students In Taiwan; U. K. Commitment To Zimbabwe; Scientists Discover Faster, Cheaper HIV Test, How Schistosomiasis Drug Works; Africa’s Male Circumcision Programs

Taiwan Marks Increased Numbers Of HIV-Positive Students The Taiwan AIDS Foundation said that according to Department of Health’s Centers for Disease Control statistics, the average age of HIV positive people in the country is getting younger, the China Post reports. Lin Chiung-chao, the foundation’s secretary-general, said that the number of…

San Francisco Chronicle Profiles U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“Dr. Eric Goosby wasted no time starting his new job as the U.S. global AIDS coordinator. He flew from the Bay Area to Geneva hours after his confirmation by the Senate and was sworn in when he landed … The ambassador is approaching his post with the urgency of a clinician who has spent more than 25 years fighting the disease,” the San Francisco Chronicle writes.

Namibia Close To Reaching Some MDGs

Namibia’s recently released second MDG Report 2008 finds that the country is making progress toward achieving some of the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.

Also In Global Health News: Children With HIV/AIDS; Leishmaniasis Treatment; ITNs In Tanzania; U.S. Malaria Fight; PEPFAR Safe Injection Funds

IRIN Examines Hardships Facing Parents, Guardians Of Children Living With HIV/AIDS IRIN examines the hardships parents and guardians of the estimated 170,000 Kenyan children currently infected with HIV often face. “Caregivers face the dilemma of how to disclose status to … [HIV-positive] children, and to whom,” as well as other…