Efforts to curb poverty worldwide have been slowed by the global economic situation, but the developing world is still on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of people living on less than $1 per day by 2015 â€“ according to an annual U.N. report (.pdf) on the MDGs, which this year shows a “mixed picture” on reaching all eight targets â€“ the Associated Press reports (Lederer, 6/23).
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Also In Global Health News: South Africa TB Study; Plight Of Widows; Africa Invests In Science; Global Fund Money To Indonesia
Study In South Africa Examines TB/HIV Coinfection, MDR-TB Researchers found that 50 percent of deceased patients at a hospital in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal were infected with active tuberculosis, and 17 percent of those with active TB had a multi-drug resistant strain, according to a PLoS Medicine study…
The NIH on Tuesday announced a partnership with Wellcome Trust and the African Society for Human Genetics that will enable African researchers to “use the latest genetic and clinical technology to study common health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and other diseases,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 6/22).
Miller-McCune Examines Debate Over Redistribution Of Some Foreign Aid Funds From HIV/AIDS To Other Diseases
Through the lens of health conditions faced by people in Mbarara, Uganda, Miller-McCune examines the debate over redistributing some foreign aid funds from HIV/AIDS to fight other diseases.
The FDA inspected 0.7 percent of foreign clinical drug trial sites in 2008 while 80 percent of applications approved for marketing that year contained data from foreign drug trials, according to a report (.pdf) from the Inspector General of HHS, CBS News reports (Strickler, 6/22).
Opinions: Canada’s Role In Global Health; Drug Licensing Agreements Promote Drug Access; Funding For USAID, State; Haiti
Canada Must Lead To EnsureÂ Robust Efforts In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria After outlining the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, the organization’s executive director, highlights the role Canada can play in determining “whether the world can overcome AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria”…
PBS’ NewsHour’s “The Rundown” blog examines the recent naming of eight countries to receive additional technical and management resources under President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI).
East African Business Week/allAfrica.com reports on the recent decision by the World Bank to back the creation of “a unique regional network of 25 public health laboratories” in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda with $63.66 million in support.
A lack of leadership, donor disagreements and overarching disorganization has led Haiti to make little progress in its rebuilding effort since the January 12 earthquake, according to a U.S. Senate report expected to be released on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
Also In Global Health News: Oxfam Appeals For Hunger Aid; Birth Asphyxia Prevention; South Africa HIV Incidence; Arsenic In Bangladesh; Global Health Spending; Kenya Blood Collection
Oxfam Appeals For $10 Million In Hunger Aid For West Africa Oxfam estimates that “more than ten million people across West Africa are facing severe hunger and malnutrition because of drought, poor harvests and rising food prices,”Â Pan African News AgencyÂ reports (6/22). Oxfam has “launched a Â£7m [$10 million] emergency appeal…