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Also In Global Health News: Bush Visits Haiti; World Bank On Food Crisis; Leishmaniasis In Sudan; Reconstructive Surgery After FGM

Former President Bush To Visit Haiti, Encourage American Aid Former President George W. Bush will visit Haiti Tuesday to “‘view progress made on the rebuilding after the January earthquake, hear from Haitian citizens regarding the current conditions in their country, and visit with organizations that are assisting in the rebuilding…

Surveillance Systems Find No Major Disease Outbreaks Since Haiti Quake; Media Examine Aid Disbursements

Haitian and U.S. public health experts recently reported that two new surveillance systems set up in Haiti after the January earthquake showed that no major disease outbreaks had developed and that the new systems could be part of the foundation of the country’s health system in the long term, Reuters reports. The findings were published Friday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Bloomberg BusinessWeek Explores Growing Trend In Pharma To License, Donate HIV Drugs

“Pharmaceutical companies, once blasted as uncaring or downright greedy for charging thousands of dollars for a year’s worth of AIDS medicines … in poor countries, lately have been slashing prices and licensing their drugs for free or nominal cost to nonprofits or local manufacturers in the developing world,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek writes in an analysis piece that examines how this trend, combined with a growing capability among aid agencies to distribute drugs, has the potential to increase access to HIV/AIDS drugs worldwide.

Clinical Trials In Asia, Africa Confirm Safety, Effectiveness Of Rotavirus Vaccine

Two studies published online Thursday in the Lancet show that the rotavirus vaccine is safe and effective at preventing much of the gastrointestinal illness in developing countries, where it kills more than 400,000 children annually, Reuters reports. Based on the findings in Africa and Asia, the studies’ authors “urged the governments of developing nations to make the vaccines a priority,” the news service writes.

Pres. Obama Announces Nominees For Two USAID Leadership Posts

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to fill two more leadership positions at USAID, Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog reports. According to the blog, Donald Steinberg has been tapped as USAID deputy administrator and Nancy Lindborg as assistant administrator for the USAID Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs Bureau.

Boston Globe Examines Rise Of Polio In Tajikistan, Other Pockets Of World

“Polio has reappeared in a corner of the world that had not seen cases in years – Tajikistan, the former Soviet republic – a chilling setback in the two-decade campaign to purge a dreaded cause of childhood paralysis from the planet,” the Boston Globe reports in a story that examines the reemergence of polio in other areas of the world.

Miami Herald Reports On Haiti Aid ‘Frustrations’

“A simmering dispute with the World Bank and reconstruction leaders is threatening the pace of rebuilding efforts in Haiti,” reports the Miami Herald. The paper reports that nearly seven months after the country’s devastating earthquake, “only 18 percent” of the $5.3 billion pledged by international donors “has been disbursed.”

Kaiser Family Foundation/CSIS Forum Reviews AIDS 2010, Looks Ahead To AIDS 2012

Last month’s 18th International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria will be remembered as the first since the global economic downturn, the growing recognition of treatment as part of prevention and acknowledgement of the importance of human rights in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS experts said Thursday during a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. A webcast of the event is available now online.