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Opinions: Haiti Relief And Recovery; Tuberculosis Control

Ahead of a U.N. donors conference focusing on Haiti tomorrow, several editorials and opinion pieces address the country’s needs for relief and recovery. This week’s donor conference is “a tangible expression of solidarity with the Haitian government and its people,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a Washington Post editorial.…

Congress Works On Tariff-Lowering Legislation For Haiti As Preval Meets With U.S. Leaders In Washington

The Senate Finance Committee’s chair, Max Baucus (D-Mont.), and top Republican, Charles Grassley (Iowa), are working with colleagues in the House on legislation that would lower tariffs in an effort to help Haiti’s apparel industry and help the country recover from the major January earthquake, CQ Politics reports. “The bipartisan effort comes as Senate Finance leaders consider ramping up their work to broadly overhaul multiple U.S. trade preference programs, which lower or eliminate U.S. tariffs on a wide range of products from many developing countries,” according to the publication (3/9).

UNAIDS Executive Director Calls For ‘Serious Attention To TB’ On World TB Day

In a statement marking World Tuberculosis Day, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe “warned Wednesday that double infections of HIV and TB could become the next new epidemic,” the Associated Press reports. Sidibe said, “I’m calling for serious attention to TB, and serious attention to TB-HIV co-infection” (Corder, 3/24).

Financial Times Opinions On World TB Day

Private Sector Should Play A Role In TB Control “Governments and their international partners must recognise that health is an investment. The only successful exit strategy in the struggle against the TB, HIV and TB/HIV pandemics is to include them as part of broader development and poverty reduction strategies, and…

Also In Global Health News: TB In Papua New Guinea; Plasmodium Vivax Malaria Vaccine; Drugs For Chagas, Leishmaniasis; Pakistan Aid Concerns; HIV Among Pregnant Women In SA

Officials Highlight TB Control Concerns In Papua New Guinea Three years into Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) five-year $19 million tuberculosis control plan, program funders and local health authorities are expressing concerns about its progress, IRIN reports. “In comparison with other countries … coverage of treatment in PNG is lagging behind,” said Marcela Rojo,…

New Yorker Examines Global TB Diagnostic Challenges

The New Yorker examines the challenges associated with treating tuberculosis across the world and looks at whether a rapid diagnostic test could prevent millions of deaths from the disease. “Vaccines and antibiotics have long been seen as touchstones of medical progress. To stop tuberculosis, however, particularly in the developing world, an accurate diagnostic exam is needed even more. In India, China, and Africa, at least two billion people have latent infections. Yet every day thousands are told, mistakenly, that they are sick and need treatment,” the magazine notes.

Pres. Obama Emphasizes U.S.-Indian Partnerships To Track, Fight Diseases

On his final day in India as part of his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour, President Barack Obama on Monday addressed the joint session of the Indian Parliament in New Dehli, where he emphasized the importance of U.S.-Indian partnerships to tackle disease and improve education, Indo-Asian News Service/Hindustan Times reports (11/8). “Because the wealth of a nation also depends on the health of its people, we’ll continue to support India’s effort against diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and as global partners, we’ll work to improve global health by preventing the spread of pandemic flu,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript from his address (11/8).

WHO Annual Global TB Report Released

The WHO on Thursday released its annual report on global tuberculosis control, which showed that in 2009 there were 9.4 million new tuberculosis cases and 1.7 million people died of the disease, Reuters reports (Nebehay, 11/11).