The world is on track to meet the poverty reduction target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but sub-Saharan Africa still lags behind, according to the World Bank’s World Development Indicators 2010 report, released Tuesday, VOA News reports (Hennessey, 4/20).
Global funding for malaria reached $1.7 billion in 2009, a “ten-fold” increase since 2004, and the production of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) worldwide rose to 150 million last year, according to a report, released Monday, from UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership, which also highlighted the need for additional funding, Agence France-Presse reports (4/19).
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More Than 410M People Living In Poverty In India, Estimates Show Estimates released on SundayÂ show there are more than 410 million people living on less than $1.25 per day in India â€“ “100 million more people living below the poverty line than in 2004,” Reuters reports (Majumdar/Neogy, 4/18). The estimates…
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Automatic TB Diagnostic Technology To aid with tuberculosis diagnostics, Guardian Technologies, a company that originally worked with airport X-ray scanners, “has developed a system that automatically scans microscope slides for the [TB] bacillus,” the New York Times reports. “The company’s software algorithms can spot distinctive shapes, colors and densities that…
Newsweek examines the work of Intellectual Ventures, a Seattle-based startup that is “trying to develop a computer model that could help eradicate malaria.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune examines the pharmaceutical industry’s growing interest in developing new treatments for what are known as “neglected diseases.”
In Africa, Aid ‘Alone’ Won’t Relieve Poverty and Underdevelopment “There is a fashion that is half right in saying that aid is not the answer to Africa’s plight. Where it is wrong is that aid â€” especially focused on the killer diseases, like HIV/AIDS or malaria â€” saves lives and…
Crucell, the Dutch biotechnology company, “said on Tuesday it had agreed with Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline [GSK] to jointly develop a malaria vaccine candidate, without disclosing financial details,” Reuters reports (Gray-Block, 4/6).
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Groups In E. Africa Warn Anti-Counterfeit Policy Will Compromise Patients’ Access To Medicines “East African countries risk not attaining the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on universal treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases if the region’s parliament adopts the anti-counterfeits policy and bill currently under…
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Aljazerra.net Examines Spread Of HIV/AIDS Along Drug Routes In Central Asia Aljazerra.net reports on the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout Central Asia along drug routes in the region. The piece examines the lack of information available to the people of Central Asia about HIV prevention strategies and a recent effort among…