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Gates Foundation 2009 Annual Report Released

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday released its 2009 annual report (.pdf) highlighting some of the foundation’s work over the last year, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports (Holtzman, 9/7).

WHO Regional Meeting In South-East Asia Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance, Developing Country Access To Medical Devices

During the WHO’s 63rd Regional Committee Session for South-East Asia in Bangkok on Wednesday the WHO called for enhanced “efforts at the national and international level to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial agents through the rational use of antibiotics,” Indian Express reports (Thacker, 9/9). The appeal follows the news of a Lancet study published last month which identified a gene that enables bacteria to resist most antibiotics and documented an increase in the prevalence of the gene in parts of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, 8/11).

Summit Negotiators Seek To Get MDGs ‘Back On Track’

“World powers are moving slowly toward an accord on the strategy to be embraced at a looming United Nations summit aiming to get the lofty Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] back on track,” Agence France-Presse writes in an article examining the ongoing debates over how best to achieve the MDGs before the 2015 deadline.

Sec. Of State Clinton Discusses Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy Strategy

In a speech on Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy and said that U.S. “global leadership is essential, even if we must often lead in new ways,” the Washington Post reports.

Also In Global Health News: Revaccinating HIV-Positive Children; Embezzled Aid In Mali; HIV In India; Mobile Phone Aid; Polio In Central Africa; Pneumococcal Vaccines

HIV-Positive Children On HAART May Need Revaccination HIV-positive children on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) “may need to be revaccinated to maintain their immunity against preventable childhood diseases,” according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, HealthDay/BusinessWeek reports. After reviewing 38 studies, researchers found that children…

Team Of Scientists Issues HIV Vaccine Strategy

The Council of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise on Tuesday released a new strategy for HIV vaccine research, which marked “the culmination of an 18-month effort that included the input of 400 scientists worldwide,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 9/7).

Also In Global Health News: Mass Rape In Congo; Malaria Research At Walter Reed; Nevirapine For Infants; Aid To Pakistan Improved Trust; Child Mortality In Bolivia; Jamaica Global Fund Grants

U.N. Now Estimates 500 Raped In Congo “Approximately 500 women were raped in eastern Congo in July and August,” U.N. officials said Tuesday, revising an earlier report of 242 victims, according to the New York Times. Atul Khare, deputy head of peacekeeping who was sent to the region to investigate,…

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).