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Experts Gathered For UNAIDS, WHO Meeting Recommend Follow-Up Studies Of ARV-Containing Microbicide Gel Start Soon

Experts gathered at a joint meeting of UNAIDS and the WHO last week called for two additional clinical trials to test the effectiveness and safety of a microbicide vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral tenofovir, which previous studies have shown reduces the risk of HIV transmission in women who used it before and after sex by 39 percent, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports (9/5).

World Water Week Kicks Off With a Focus On Pollution, Quality

A group of over 2,500 leading water experts from 130 countries gathered in Stockholm on Sunday to kick off World Water Week, where they will focus on “increasing water pollution and dwindling water quality around the globe,” Agence France-Presse reports (Larson, 9/5).

VOA News Examines U.S. Global Health Initiative

VOA News examines President Barack Obama’s $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI), noting the initiative’s emphasis on cost-effective strategies to improve child- and maternal-health as well as programs to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.

At U.N. MDG Summit, Ministers Will Propose World Currency Tax To Fund Development Aid

“A group of 60 nations, including France, Britain and Japan, will propose at the U.N. [summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] this month that a tax be introduced on international currency transactions to raise funds for development aid, ministers said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports (Irish, 9/1).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Editorial Makes Recommendations For Health-System Strengthening “There is strong consensus in the global health community, among donors, recipient countries, and policy makers, about the need for health system strengthening in low-income and middle-income countries,” write the authors of a Lancet Comment. The article recommends areas in health-system strengthening that…

IPS Examines Agricultural Funding In Africa

Inter Press Service examines how some African countries are benefiting from the global agriculture fund the G8 pledged $22 billion to in July 2009. According to the article, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which seeks to boost African spending on agriculture to foster more growth, “has received a major boost as several countries have begun drawing” on the G8 money.