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Also In Global Health News: TB Diagnostic Test; Haitian Government Response; HIV ‘Quad’ Pill; Health Services In Uganda; Malaria Photos

Automatic TB Diagnostic Technology To aid with tuberculosis diagnostics, Guardian Technologies, a company that originally worked with airport X-ray scanners, “has developed a system that automatically scans microscope slides for the [TB] bacillus,” the New York Times reports. “The company’s software algorithms can spot distinctive shapes, colors and densities that…

Opinions: Health And Living Conditions; H1N1, One Year Later; Global Water Shortages

Better Living Conditions Can Improve Health Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford write in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece about the need to “address the constant crisis families face daily in deplorable living conditions.” The authors reflect on several health problems associated with unsanitary and crowded living…

Opinions: African Aid; Aid To Haiti; DDT

In Africa, Aid ‘Alone’ Won’t Relieve Poverty and Underdevelopment “There is a fashion that is half right in saying that aid is not the answer to Africa’s plight. Where it is wrong is that aid — especially focused on the killer diseases, like HIV/AIDS or malaria — saves lives and…

AP Examines Micro-Insurance In Africa

The Associated Press examines the growth of micro-insurance in Africa, “a product accessible to those earning less than $2 a day, who pay tiny weekly premiums of sometimes less than a cent.”

Boston Globe Examines How PEPFAR Budget Pressures Are Affecting AIDS Clinics In Africa

“U.S. officials have asked some AIDS clinics overseas to stop enrolling new patients in a U.S.-sponsored program that provides lifesaving antiretroviral drugs, in a bid to stem the rising costs of one of the most ambitious US assistance programs, according to interviews with doctors and official correspondence,” the Boston Globe reports.

SciDev.Net Examines USAID’s Science Diplomacy Efforts

“The U.S. government’s international development agency is stepping up its focus on science and technology with a key appointment intended to enhance the agency’s programmes in the Middle East and bolster the Obama administration’s push for science diplomacy,” SciDev.Net reports.

Study Finds Overall Increase In Developing Country Domestic Health Spending, Some Countries Have Reduced Health Budgets As Donor Funding Increases

Researchers on Friday released a study in the Lancet that found while “[m]ost countries in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East doubled their health budgets,” countries in sub-Saharan Africa appear to have trimmed their health spending as donors have boosted their health aid, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.

After Haiti Visit, Congresswoman Says She Saw No Sign Of Red Cross

After a visit to Haiti, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Thursday that she did not see evidence of the organization during a trip to the country earlier this week with Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Kristin Gilibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), The Hill’s Washington Scene reports. “We were actually pretty struck by the fact that we didn’t see the Red Cross anywhere, at all,” she said (O’Brien, 4/8).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Partners In Health Co-Founder Lectures On Global Health Topics The Dartmouth reports on a recent talk by Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim, co-founder of Partners In Health. During his lecture, which touched on several global health-related topics, “Kim stressed the need to incorporate ‘health care delivery science’ into undergraduate…