“A rise in global funding for research into neglected diseases needs to be matched by a continued focus on delivering practical new ways to curb sickness in the developing world,” according to the third annual report by the Global Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases (G-FINDER) released on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday afternoon that the spending levels outlined by House Republicans late last week for the remainder of the fiscal year would endanger the country’s national security,” the Washington Post’s “44” blog reports.
Participants at the recent three-day International Conference on Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health in New Delhi, India, highlighted the broken links between health and agriculture, IRIN reports (2/14).
New York Times Examines Factors Contributing To Presence of ‘Exotic’ Infectious Diseases In New York City
“When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera [after traveling to the Dominican Republic], it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like â€“ but also of exotic diseases,” the New York Times writes in an article that explores how diseases from around the world often make their way to the city through its diverse population of travelers.
Advocates Call For Follow-Through On Decade-Old Pledge To Remove Tariffs On Malaria Treatments, Prophylactics In Africa
“Malaria prevention advocates say many lives can be saved by removing taxes and tariffs from essential commodities used to fight the disease,” VOA News reports (Schlein, 2/9). A decade ago, African leaders promised to remove tariffs on products used to fight malaria, but only six countries have actually done so, according to the Malaria Taxes and Tariffs Advocacy Project (M-TAP), which held a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
Opinions: Polio Vaccines; Alternatives To DDT, Insecticides; Food Price Volatility; Global Poverty; Foreign Aid For Vaccines
Oral Vaccine Alone Cannot Eradicate Polio “No one denies”Â that the oral polioÂ vaccine “has considerable merits. It’s cheap to make. It’s easy to administer; you don’t need a trained nurse with a clean syringe [like the inactive vaccine needs], just a volunteer with a dropper. And it gives excellent immunity. ……
“Researchers have discovered a previously unknown subspecies of mosquito in West Africa that is highly susceptible to the malaria parasite and whose existence may stymie efforts to eradicate the deadly disease,” the Los Angeles Times reports (Khan, 2/4).
Intermittent Use Of Preventive Malaria Drugs In Children Found To Help Prevent Malaria Transmission, Studies Say
Three studies published on Tuesday in PLoS Medicine show that “intermittent use of preventive antimalarial drugs can be beneficial in curbing the spread of the disease in children,” Agence France-Presse reports (2/1).
Global Fund Saves Lives, ‘Not Expendable’ Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson writes of the “breathless Associated Press story” about the uncovering of some corruption in grants given by theÂ Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the subsequent reaction: “When scandals fit preexisting ideological narratives, they assume a life…
On the final day of the two-day African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for greater efforts to reduce sexual violence, particularly during armed conflicts, Ezega.com reports (Barea, 1/31).