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Lancet Study Examines Childbirth Practices, Outcomes In Asian Countries A Lancet study examines childbirth practices and the relationship between these practices and maternal and perinatal outcomes in nine Asian countries, as assessed by a WHO global survey. Based on the analysis of over 107,000 deliveries, the authors conclude, “To improve maternal…

Media Examine Efforts To Eradicate Guinea Worm

Agence France-Presse examines efforts to eradicate Guinea worm, a “painful water-borne parasite that can leave people weakened and sick for months every year” (2/17).

Also In Global Health News: N. Korea Harvest; Zimbabwe’s Health System; Malaria Parasite; Training India’s Rural Health Workers; Myanmar Recovery; Health In Uganda

Poor Grain Harvest To Worsen Food Shortages In N. Korea A poor grain harvest in 2009 is likely to exacerbate North Korea’s severe food shortages, Agence France-Presse reports (2/9). “The North is estimated to have produced 4.1 million tons of grain last year, a drop of about 200,000 tons compared…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Comments Examine Use Of Quinine To Treat Malaria A Lancet Infectious Diseases comment presents an argument for the continued use of quinine monotherapy to treat malaria in Africa. Benefits of the therapy include its known efficacy, known long-term safety, low cost and availability compared to artemisinin-based combination…

Scientists Find Single Dose Of Drug Cures Visceral Leishmaniasis

Scientists have discovered that a single infusion of Gilead Sciences’ drug AmBisome, known generically as iposomal amphotericin B, cures patients with the visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar, a parasitic infection, Reuters reports. Spread by the sand fly and affecting 500,000 people a year, visceral leishmaniasis is found in Asia, Africa, and parts of Europe, but is concentrated in India, according to the news service.

Obama’s FY 2011 Budget Gives Global Health Funding Boost

President Barack Obama’s FY 2011 budget request for global health totals $9.6 billion and includes funding for global health activities within the State Department, USAID and HHS, the Wall Street Journal reports. “That compares with $8.8 billion enacted for fiscal 2010,” according to the newspaper (McKay, 2/1).

Also In Global Health News: Boosting Banana Production; Measles Vaccines In Bangladesh; NTDs; Burkina Faso Maternal Care; Health Care, HIV In South Africa

Moderate Fertilizer Use Could Double Banana Production In East Africa, Improve Food Security A study of almost 200 farms in Uganda, funded by USAID and carried out by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), found that moderate use of mineral fertilizers could double banana production in East Africa and…

Also In Global Health News: GSK’s Interest In NTDs; Kenya’s Male Circumcision Drive; Dengue Fever; HIV Prevention In Jamaica; Food Shortages In Zimbabwe

GSK Head Discusses Company Interest In NTDs The Associated Press features a Q&A with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) CEO Andrew Witty, who “is pushing to sell more products in fast-growing ’emerging markets’ such as Brazil, Russia, India and China” while simultaneously “increasing efforts to bring medicines for tropical diseases to the poorest…

Mapping NTDs Is Critical For Controlling, Treating Diseases

Mapping neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is vital for efforts to control and treat diseases, write the authors of an editorial published Tuesday in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, ANI/Sindh Today reports (7/28).

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