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U.S. Announces Additional $20M In Flood Aid For Pakistan

The U.S. will give an additional $20 million to aid Pakistan, bringing the total amount of flood assistance to $55 million, Mark Ward, acting director of the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, told reporters at a press briefing Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports.

Also In Global Health News: AIDS Vaccine Testing; Misoprostol In Pakistan; Russian Wheat Exports; Generic Drugs In Uganda; Poverty In Egypt; Gender-Based Violence In Namibia

Crucell And Harvard To Test Experimental AIDS Vaccine In Uninfected Adults The pharmaceutical company Crucell, in collaboration with Harvard University, “plans to test its experimental AIDS vaccine in the U.S. and in Africa, advancing the quest for a protective shot against” HIV, Bloomberg reports. The trial will test the vaccine…

Opinions: HIV Prevention Research; Foreign Aid; Sanitation; Aid, Self-Reliance

Advancing HIV Prevention Research Requires ‘Spirit Of Global Collaboration’ “Microbicides, vaccines and other new approaches will one day join proven HIV-prevention strategies, including condoms, male circumcision and clean needles. How soon that day comes will depend on whether funders and the scientific community can develop the more collaborative approaches to…

Pakistan Floods Continue, News Outlets Look At U.S. Response

As rains and flooding in Pakistan continue, “the U.S. is racing to provide basic human needs, like makeshift housing,” the Christian Science Monitor reports in an article looking at how the U.S. disaster response is being shaped by “the global battle with militant Islam.”

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.