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Number Of New Active TB Cases Increases From 2007 To 2008, WHO Says

The WHO’s Stop TB Department released data on Thursday at the 40th Union World Conference on Lung Health indicating that the number of new active TB cases worldwide rose from 9.27 million in 2007 to 9.4 million in 2008, Reuters reports. Experts gathered for the conference in Cancun, Mexico “called for more research funding to develop better diagnostic tests, vaccines and drugs for tuberculosis, which killed 1.8 million people around the world last year,” according to the news service.

U.S. Unveils 5-Year PEPFAR Strategy

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “unveiled a five-year strategy for fighting AIDS worldwide, shifting the focus from emergency response to sustainable programs in countries worldwide,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Also In Global Health News: Ethiopia Food Aid; Maternal Mortality In Mozambique

Independent Examines Aid To Ethiopia In an article that examines larger aid-related questions and themes, the Independent explores the effects of the Band Aid campaign in Ethiopia 25 years after it first attempted to help famine victims in the country. Band Aid’s “Bob Geldof [recently] went back to Africa to see…

The Hill Examines Push To Get More U.S. Funding For Malaria Medicines

The Hill examines Medicines for Malaria Venture’s (MMV) efforts to get more U.S. funding for its work. According to the newspaper, the group is “asking USAID and Congress to redirect more money beginning next year to drug research and development from a pot of funds used to cover the range of efforts to treat and prevent malaria, such as providing mosquito nets.”

USAID Administrator Hearing Begins

Ahead of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Tuesday, Rajiv Shah, President Barack Obama’s nominee for USAID administrator, submitted “a long list of detailed answers to questions” and “weighed in on a number of substantive issues while deferring to the ongoing reviews at both State and the NSC when it came to matters related to the structure of USAID and its relationship with the State Department,” Foreign Policy’s blog “The Cable” reports.

Op-Eds On World AIDS Day: Research, Funding, Hunger, Uganda

To Find AIDS Cure, Ensure NIH Funding The “National Institutes of Health – perhaps our best hope for funding a cure for AIDS – has been underfunded since 2003,” Kate Krauss, director of the AIDS Policy Project, writes in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece. “To cure AIDS, funding must be…

South-South Cooperation Conference Kicks Off In Kenya

The High Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation started Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya, with officials discussing prospects and challenges of the initiative, Xinhua reports (Ooko, 12/1).

U.N. Calls For $7.1B In Annual Aid Request

The U.N. on Monday called for “a total of $7.1 billion in 2010 to fund urgent humanitarian assistance for 48 million people in 25 countries,” Reuters reports (Evans, 11/30).