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TB Control Strategies Should Target Women, Children A Lancet Comment highlights “unique susceptibilities” to tuberculosis among women and children, who also “might encounter substantial barriers to access appropriate care.” In addition to overall TB control improvement, the article calls for “innovative strategies to advance tuberculosis prevention and treatment in women…

TIME Series Examines Global Health

As part of a special package about global health, TIME magazine visits what is known as “the most malarial town on earth” – Apac, Uganda – and examines global malaria control and efforts to eradicate the disease.

Also In Global Health News: MDGs In Philippines; CDC Director In Ethiopia; Chad Conference On Child Soldiers

Population Growth, Corruption Derail Philippines’ Ability To Meet MDGs “Rapid population growth, corruption and bad governance are the roadblocks that derail the Philippines’ bid to meet the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations by 2015, a UN official said on Wednesday,” the Manila Times reports. These issues have…

Women Deliver Conference Concludes

The Women Deliver conference concluded on Wednesday, as attendees “celebrated benchmark achievements in reducing maternal and infant mortality and faced stubborn failures at the same time,” Womens eNews reports. Advocates were “able to savor success stories in countries such as Sri Lanka and Malawi … But the Women Deliver conference also offered a forum for tales of women still dying [from] preventable childbirth deaths and of inadequate access to family planning services for 215 million women worldwide,” the news service writes (Kramer, 6/10).

Also In Global Health News: Child Mortality In Nepal; India Sanitation; Tony Blair On Aid; HIV Prevention Clinical Trial; Maternal Health

“Under-Five Deaths Show Robust Decline But Hurdles Remain,” Inter Press Service (Sharma, 6/9). “Uncollected Feces Highlight Urban Indian Sanitation Challenge,” Bloomberg (Gale, 6/9). “Tony Blair Urges ‘Tough Love’ Approach To Aid,” Guardian (Wintour/Elliott, 6/8). “New Vaginal Ring Borrows From Birth Control To Fight AIDS,” Agence France-Presse (6/8). “Maternal Health Still…

UNITAID Concerned About Infant HIV Medication Shortage, Drug Company Says Supply Is Sufficient

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s plans this month to close its plant in Meymac, France, that manufactures “the last therapeutic option” for HIV-positive babies has drawn criticism from UNITAID, Reuters reports. In an open letter published in the Lancet (.pdf), UNITAID writes that “[c]losing this factory means that 4,000 to 7,000 babies currently enrolled in treatment plans in developing countries through UNITAID could be left without the medicines they need.”

Gates Foundation Announces 5-Year, $1.5 Billion Commitment For Maternal, Child Health

During the Women Deliver conference on Monday Melinda Gates announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “will spend $1.5 billion over the next five years on maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition in developing countries, a pledge that signals a new focus for the foundation known for concentrating on vaccines and AIDS,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Jordan, 6/7).