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Recent Releases In Global Health

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…

FDA Approves 100th Antiretroviral For PEPFAR

HHS recently announced the FDA’s 100th approval of an antiretroviral drug for PEPFAR, PharmTech.com reports. Seventy-one of the more than 100 drugs reviewed by FDA for PEPFAR were generic products. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement, “This milestone exemplifies the dedication, caring, and hard work of all who strive to better the lives of those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS” (10/15).

Opinions: Pragmatic Vs. Moral Approach To Health Care Access; Pres. Bush’s PEPFAR

Rights Advocacy Not The Best Approach For Global Health “[T]he global campaign to equalise access to healthcare has had a surprising result: it has made global healthcare more unequal,” William Easterly, a professor of economics at New York University and co-director of its Development Research Institute, writes in a Financial Times…

VOA News Examines U.S. Global Health Funding

VOA News examines how the recession will be a factor in U.S. funding decisions about PEPFAR and other global health initiatives. According to VOA, the Obama administration’s proposed funding for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in 2010 is “higher than the current fiscal year. However, the proposed increase is lower than in some years past.”

U.S. Should Provide More Leadership In Finding TB Vaccine, Opinion Piece Says

Tuberculosis deserves an effort as “substantial” as the one mounted against swine flu “to develop a new vaccine,” David McMurray, a TB expert at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, writes in a Houston Chronicle opinion piece. “Since April, … nearly one million men, women and children have died from TB, compared to 4,200 who have died from H1N1 flu globally. Why didn’t you see any headlines? Because 98 percent of the nearly two million people who die each year from TB live in the developing world, in places like Kenya … Yet TB continues to be a problem in [the U.S.] as well because in an age of globalization, germs cross borders without a passport,” McMurray writes.

Also In Global Health News: U.S. Aid To Somalia; Nigerian Health Workers Strike; Male Circumcision In Swaziland; PEPFAR In Uganda

U.S. Government Adjusts Aid Terms To Groups Seeking Humanitarian Grants In Somalia The U.S. State and Treasury departments together with USAID have reached an agreement that will allow several aid agencies in Somalia to receive humanitarian grants upon meeting several conditions, “unlock[ing] millions of dollars in relief resources that had…

Recent Releases: Measuring Maternal Death; Improving Health Systems; Goosby Remarks; World Health Summit; Early Nutrition Programs; ART Delivery Model; HIV/AIDS Research; Cash Transfers As A Standard For Aid; G20, U.N. Neglect Global Health

Researchers Tackle How To Capture ‘An Accurate Picture’ Of Maternal Death In order to meet the Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal deaths, “countries need an accurate picture of the causes and levels of maternal deaths,” write the authors of a WHO Bulletin editorial that describes the recent efforts by…

Opinions: Reforming U.S. Aid; Delivering Health Care In Developing Countries

To Reform Foreign Aid Institutions, ‘Rewrite’ The Rules To change the U.S. foreign aid system, we must “[d]o what the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) did: break the rules and then rewrite them,” Mark Dybul, former U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece…