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WHO Africa Regional Office Calls On Governments To More Closely Regulate Traditional Medicine Practitioners

VOA News: WHO Calls for Regulation of Traditional Medicine in Africa “…Calling upon researchers to work with traditional practitioners to produce scientific evidence on the safety, effectiveness, and quality of their products, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, issued a letter urging governments to strengthen regulatory bodies…

Liberia To Remain Vigilant After WHO Declares End Of Ebola Transmission In Country

News outlets continue to report on the WHO’s declaration that Ebola transmission has ended in Liberia. Associated Press: Ebola transmissions over in Liberia, enters 90-day watch “The World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free for a second time on Thursday after the country hardest hit by the deadly virus saw a…

Research Ongoing Into Real-World Effectiveness Of PrEP For HIV Prevention

Vox: Critics worried an HIV prevention pill would encourage risky sex. So far, it hasn’t. “…For Truvada to have a big impact, high-risk populations need to know about it and have access. Research has shown that awareness among men is still pretty low. In some of the developing countries that…

In Speech, WHO DG Chan Discusses Agency’s Views On Ebola Outbreak Response

WHO: WHO Director-General addresses Institute of Medicine Ebola workshop This transcript presents a speech made on September 1 by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan at the Institute of Medicine workshop on global governance for health in London. Chan outlines WHO’s views on the West African Ebola outbreak, including weaknesses of the…

Asia-Pacific TB Parliamentary Caucus Meets To Discuss Region’s Efforts Against Tuberculosis

Devex: Asia-Pacific unites in battle against tuberculosis “Parliamentarians from the United Kingdom and countries in Asia and the Pacific gathered this week in Sydney, Australia, to create a unified voice for the region’s fight against tuberculosis. … The Asia-Pacific TB Parliamentary Caucus is the first regional meeting to come out…

Report Examines R&D Pipeline Progress For TB, HIV, HCV

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Pipeline report points toward nascent progress in the fight against tuberculosis Lindsay McKenna, TB/HIV project officer at the Treatment Action Group (TAG), discusses a report examining advancements in tuberculosis research and development. McKenna writes, “TAG’s 2015 Pipeline Report looks at advances in diagnostics, treatment, and…

School-Based Mass Deworming Programs Can Improve Children’s Health, Nutrition

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A New Perspective on the War on Worms Charles Mwandawiro, chief research officer and assistant director of partnership and collaboration at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), discusses the efficacy of school-based mass deworming programs for children and offers Kenya’s national deworming program…