At its general assembly in New Delhi, India, the World Medical Association (WMA), “a conglomerate of medical associations around the world,” approved a plan that aims “to minimise the risk of increased malnutrition deaths, diseases and injuries due to climate change,” IANS/Thaindian News reports (10/17).
Opinions: HIV Vaccine; HIV Resources Help Promote Global Disease Control; U.S. Fight Against World Hunger
New York Times Opinion ExaminesÂ HIV Vaccine Research Seth Berkley, president and chief executive of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, in a New York Times opinion pieceÂ examines how the “pessimism” over the recent controversy surrounding the results of an experimental HIV vaccine tested in Thailand “may ultimately thwart other efforts to…
Children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 19 in malaria-endemic African countries are “the most vulnerable group to malaria following the successful distribution of the free bednets to protect children under five and pregnant women against the killer fever,” according to a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, the East African reports. The study, which looked at data taken from 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa countries between 2005 and 2009, found that although people in this age group were exposed to malaria, they were less likely than other groups â€“ including children younger than 5 and pregnant women â€“ to have access to insecticide-treated nets (ITNs).
Blog, Editorial Address Unsafe Abortion In Developing Countries In light of a recent Guttmacher Institute report that indicated 70,000 women in developing countries die each year from unsafe abortion, a Lancet editorial outlines ways to reduce deaths, and says, “The current political climate is favourable, because the global-gag rule (the…
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U.N. Secretary General Calls For Renewed Commitment To Women Worldwide U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for countries around the world to “renew their commitment to educate girls, end sexual violence, and provide access to modern birth control,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. Though Ban acknowledged some gains made…
Leaders from Benin, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Congo-Republic, Niger and Senegal on Monday joined former French President Jacques Chirac in Cotonou, Benin, in a campaign against the manufacturing and sale of fake pharmaceutical products, Reuters reports.
Lancet Comment Examines Efforts To Subsidize ACTs A Lancet comment examines an Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm) program to help countries procure subsidized artemisinin-based combination treatments (ACTs). The authors write though it is worth celebrating the recent advances in malaria prevention, “these successes cannot hide the fact that close…
Haiti, Dominican Republic Leaders Aim To Eradicate Malaria, Lymphatic Filariasis By 2020, Funding Unclear
Leaders from Haiti and the Dominican Republic “agreed Thursday to cooperate in a campaign aimed at eradicating the last vestiges of malaria from the islands of the Caribbean by 2020,” but funding sources for the estimated $250 million effort are “uncertain,” the Associated Press reports.
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Guardian Examines Efforts To Reduce Malaria In Uganda The Guardian examines efforts to reduce malaria in Katine, Uganda, through the distribution of insecticide-treated nets to high-risk groups. Though the article details a reduction in the number of malaria cases in the region, additional nets are needed to cover the entire…
After a recent trip to Africa, “to see firsthand the region’s fight against malaria,” Tachi Yamada, the president of the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in a CNN opinion piece that a visit to a pediatric hospital ward in Zanzibar that did not have “a single patient” was the “single most memorable image of the trip.”