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Report: Conditions In Zambian Prisons Fueling Spread Of HIV, TB

“Conditions in Zambia’s prisons are so overcrowded and medical care so inadequate that they are breeding grounds for disease and pose a serious threat to public health, says a new report by Human Rights Watch, produced in association with the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa and the Prisons Care and Counselling Association,” BMJ News reports. “Researchers report that similar conditions prevail in much of Africa, where prisons risk becoming reservoirs of HIV and drug resistant tuberculosis”(Moszynski, 4/27).

Also In Global Health News: TB Research; MDGs In Africa; U.S. Aid To Pakistan; Sanitation In India, Kenya; TB Vaccine

Dallas Morning News Examines UT Southwestern Medical Center TB Research The Dallas Morning News reports on the research of Tawanda Gumbo, a tuberculosis researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “Gumbo’s latest search has focused on the emergence of drug-resistant TB strains that require different medications to control…

Cities, Leaders Worldwide Mark World Health Day

Cities throughout the world are marking World Health Day today by promoting urban health, as part of the WHO’s “1,000 cities, 1,000 lives” campaign, CNN reports (Shaikh, 4/7).

Opinion: Job Development For Haiti; NTDs In Africa; U.S. Investment In TB

Jobs-Drive Development For Haiti “Even before the earthquake, the Haitian economy was already on shaky ground. There is 70 to 80 percent unemployment in the formal economy. … U.S. policy helped build this disastrous economy,” AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker writes in a Miami Herald opinion piece. Baker says…

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…

Global Fund Approves $2.4B For Ninth Round Grants

During its recent board meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria approved $2.4 billion for the three diseases, PlusNews reports. The money is for the fund’s “ninth round of grants, bringing the total amount of approved funding since its inception in 2001 to $18.4 billion,” according to the publication.

GlobalPost Examines Investment In Community Care Workers In South Africa As PEPFAR Moves Toward Local Implementation Of Programming

“Nearly a decade after it came into being, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) … is moving increasingly to support local leadership and implementation capacity” in South Africa, GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog reports. “And given the South African health system’s weaknesses in the face of the magnitude of AIDS and TB, that means an investment in … lay listeners with just a few weeks of training,” who can discuss treatment and other issues with patients, the blog writes. The blog profiles Goodness Henama, “one of 22 community care workers in Wallacedene township, in the Cape Town suburb of Kraainfontein.”

If Health Continues To Wane On G8 Agenda, A Serious Void Will Be Left

In this post in the Global Health Governance blog, Jenilee Guebert, director of research for the global health diplomacy program and G8 research group at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, writes that, “for the second year in a row, the amount of attention devoted to global health” at the annual G8 summit, which took place at Camp David in Maryland in May, has declined. “Global health was not completely absent from the summit,” she continues, highlighting several health initiatives discussed at the meeting, including the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, launched “to accelerate the flow of private capital to African agriculture” with an aim of “lift[ing] 50 million people out of poverty over the next decade.”