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Main Take-Aways From GHME: Reflections on last week’s Global Health Metrics & Evaluation (GHME) conference in Seattle, Washington appeared in several blogs and a Lancet column: Lancet: Offline: Where was Europe? (Horton, 3/26) Karen Grepin’s “Global Health Blog”: A trip to the inside of the Global Health Sausage Factory (3/22)…

Opinions: Using Taxes To Reduce Poverty; Fighting TB; Meeting Global Food Demands

Increased Tax Revenues Can Create ‘In-Roads Into Poverty Reduction’ “To improve living standards and create jobs,” African governments “need to provide their citizens with better health care, better education, more infrastructure. … How to pay for this – in a way that is both fair and efficient – is a question…

WHO Report Urges Countries To Step Up Fight Against Drug-Resistant TB

A WHO report released Wednesday says countries with the highest drug-resistant tuberculosis burdens are making progress in addressing the disease, “but despite the recent scale up in efforts, the world needs to do much more to get care to all [multi-drug resistant] patients who need it,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said, Times LIVE reports (Keeton, 3/23).

Opinions: TB Funding; BBC World Service Funding; Direct Cash Transfer Programs

Congress Needs To Follow Through On TB Funding Commitments “Prevention and control of tuberculosis (TB) on our globe is crumbling” and “[i]t needs fixing,” retired pediatrician Elinor Graham writes in a Seattle Times opinion piece. She describes the burden of TB in developing countries and the costs associated with treatments,…

Global Fund Taps Former HHS Sec., Former President Of Botswana To Lead External Investigation Of Its Financial Controls

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday named former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and former President of Botswana Festus Mogae to co-chair “an external review of its financial systems, amid heightened scrutiny from donors over misuse of some grants and a potential funding reduction from the U.S.,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Also In Global Health News: Cholera In Haiti; Treating Recurring TB; Preventing Malaria Deaths; Cash Incentives For Women in Africa; Traditional Birth Attendants In Malawi; PMTCT In Namibia

Cholera Epidemic In Haiti Could Affect Twice As Many As Previously Estimated The cholera epidemic in post-quake Haiti could affect as many as 800,000 people and kill 11,000 by December, twice the number the U.N. estimated would be affected, according to a study published in The Lancet, National Journal reports.…

Inter Press Service Explores How Kenya’s Anti-Counterfeit Act, Possible EU-India Free Trade Agreement Could Scale Back Access To Affordable Medications

Inter Press Service examines how legislation in Kenya targeting counterfeit medications and a possible EU-India Free Trade Agreement could scale back access to affordable and safe generic medications widely used in developing countries. The article describes the toll of counterfeit medicines in Kenya and the decision in 2008 to pass the country’s Anti-Counterfeit Act – a move Onyango Opiyo, the executive director of the Nairobi Network of Post-Test Clubs, which supports people living with HIV/AIDS, says has held up legitimate generic medications. The piece also notes Opiyo’s growing concern over the impact negotiations between the EU and India could have in further slowing access to generic medicines.

Also In Global Health News: Global Fund Grants In Myanmar; Polio Eradication; GM Fungus Attacks Malaria In Mosquitoes; Afghanistan Demands NGOs Pay Taxes

 Global Fund To Resume Grants In Myanmar The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is resuming the distribution of grants to Myanmar, after suspending the country’s grants in August 2005 because the fund suspected “political interference in its programmes,” Inter Press Service reports. According to the news service, Myanmar, which…