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WHO Issues Report On Global Tobacco Use

“Tobacco use kills at least 5 million people every year, a figure that could rise if countries don’t take stronger measures to combat smoking, the World Health Organization said Wednesday,” during the release its Global Tobacco Epidemic report (.pdf), the Associated Press reports (Cheng, 12/9).

Shah Nomination Advances To Full Senate For Consideration

“The nomination of [President Barack] Obama’s pick to head USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah, moved to the full Senate for consideration after receiving a unanimous voice vote from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee” Tuesday, Politico’s Laura Rozen reports.

Washington Post, New York Times Examine PEPFAR

The Washington Post examines the Obama administration’s goal “to get the ‘emergency’ out of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief” and integrate HIV/AIDS programs more into the health infrastructure of recipient countries. A five-year strategy for PEPFAR was released last week.

DOTS Has Cured 36M People, Prevented Up To 8M TB Deaths Over 15 Years, WHO Says

Since the WHO developed Directly Observed Therapy, Short-course (DOTS) in 1994 for the treatment of tuberculosis, approximately 36 million people have successfully completed treatment and been cured over the past 15 years, according to new data released by the WHO on Tuesday, health-e reports.

Also In Global Health News: Rotavirus Vaccine; Guinea Worm Eradication; Health Systems; Zulu King Calls For Male Circumcision

West African Group Calls For Governments To Vaccinate Children Against Rotavirus The West African Rotavirus Advisory Board is calling on governments to vaccinate children against rotavirus, IRIN reports. At a recent meeting in Dakar, Senegal, which was “financed by GlaxoSmithKline, makers of one of two rotavirus vaccines” the board issued…

Opinions: ARV Access; Global Health Promotion; Climate Change; Under-Nutrition; Ethiopia

Column Examines How Trade Rules, Policy Directions May Improve Access To ARVs In an Intellectual Property Watch column, Daniele Dionisio, of the Italian Network for International Fight against AIDS, examines how trade rules and policy directions by governments and institutions may help to improve countries’ access to antiretrovirals. Dionisio outlines areas…

Aid Agencies Launch $378M 2010 Aid Request To Improve Health In Zimbabwe

More than 70 agencies, led by the U.N., launched a request on Monday for $378 million in aid, which will be used to improve health and food security, as well as water and sanitation, Reuters reports. Though Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government has improved some “social conditions in the country,” the agencies “say more needs to be done”(Banya, 12/7).

New York Times Examines Aid To African Orphans

The New York Times looks at how aid is distributed to children who have lost parents in Malawi and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa and examines differing views on orphanages.