A new diagnostic tool that shortens the diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from eight weeks to two hours should be made available to vulnerable populations according to a WHO expert, Reuters reports.
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Sen. Appropriations Committee Approves $54.1B FY2011 Foreign Ops Spending Bill, Including $8.2B For Global Health Programs
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a $54.1 billion FY 2011 spending bill for the State Department and related agencies “that includes potentially controversial abortion language,” CQ reports.
Governments Should Examine Drug Policies To Slow HIV Transmission Among IDUs In a Los Angeles Times opinion piece, Evan Wood, associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, writesÂ about the Vienna Declaration, a document he helped to draft, that calls for international leaders to revise drug policies to…
Media outlets continued to reflect on news from the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010, which attracted over 19,000 participants from 193 countries to Vienna last week, according to the conference blog.
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Epoch Times Examines Child Marriage Hearing An Epoch Times article discusses a recentÂ congressional hearing held by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on child marriage. The piece includes comments byÂ representatives from the Department of State, UNICEF, CARE and the International Center for Research on Women who “described the cycle of…
IRIN Examines Global Humanitarian Assistance Report, Maps Percentage Of African Budgets Spent on Health
“[H]umanitarian watchdog Development Initiatives outlines some of the needs, responses and funding trends” in humanitarian aid over the past decade in its 2010 Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report, IRIN writes in an article that examines the organization’s findings.
The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday declared access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation to be a “‘human right’ in a resolution that more than 40 countries including the United States didn’t support,” the Associated Press reports (Lederer, 7/28).
This year “India has reported the lowest number of polio cases in [the] January-June period … in a decade,” PTI/ZeeTV reports. Twenty-four cases were detected between January and June this year, compared to 151 in the corresponding 2009 period, and 317 in January-June 2008 (7/29).
In an effort to prevent and control outbreaks of animal diseases and the associated costs, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday announced a new five-year initiative “to improve global response to disease outbreaks, implement effective prevention and containment strategies and manage risks,” PANA/Afrique en ligne reports (7/28).
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).