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Global Fund Board Must ‘Sound Alarm’ To Renew Funding Commitments

In an opinion piece on the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) website, MSF International President Unni Karunakara writes that with the cancellation of the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Round 11 grants, “The Board of the Global Fund must raise the alarm. Instead of accepting rationing, and cancelling ambitions, we…

‘Global Pulse’ Blog Examines Declining TB Incidence In Estonia

In this post in GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog, journalist John Donnelly reports on tuberculosis (TB) in Estonia and how the country has significantly reduced the proportion of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases since 1998. He writes, “The numbers of new TB cases in Estonia were five times that of the Nordic countries in 1998, but the numbers have tumbled since then and last year Estonia had cut that in half, to 2.5 times the number.” MDR-TB still represents 22 percent of all TB cases, but several factors — including “a decision by government leaders to fully fund anti-TB efforts; banning sale of TB drugs in pharmacies in order to cut down on misuse; annual training of all TB medical staff by international experts; and the country ensured it would have enough of the scarce drugs needed to fight MDR-TB” — have helped bring down the numbers, he reports. Donnelly is reporting independently on a trip made through the Philippines, Estonia, and Peru with photographer Riccardo Venturi “at the invitation of the Japanese company Otsuka Pharmaceutical to look at the human impact of TB” (12/20).

MSF Publishes List Of Top 10 Stories Of 2011 About Access To Medicine

This Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) special report highlights the top 10 stories of 2011 regarding access to essential medicines, according to MSF. The list includes the findings of the HPTN 052 clinical trial, which “show that providing people with HIV treatment early not only saves their lives but can reduce the risk…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflects On TB Diagnosis In Children “[N]ew diagnostic techniques [for tuberculosis] need to be studied in children,” according to a Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection. “Tuberculosis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in children worldwide, but estimates of disease burden are inaccurate because most cases are…

Health Leaders Gather To Discuss WHO’s Work In Africa

Health leaders from 46 African WHO member states gathered in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday for the 60th session of the Africa Committee of the WHO, Agencia AngolaPress reports. According to the news service, meeting attendees will discuss a report on the WHO Africa’s activity in the region during the 2008-2009 period to evaluate the success and challenges associated with efforts to improve health outcomes in Africa (8/30).

Also In Global Health News: Polio In Russia; Water Scarcity In Iraq; Global Fund Grant For Rwanda; South African Health Report; Mobile Phone Systems Prevent Fake Drug Purchases

Infant From Tajikistan Is Russia’s First Confirmed Polio Cases In 13 Years “Russia has confirmed its first polio case in 13 years in an infant visiting from Tajikistan, but there is no immediate threat of a wider outbreak, the country’s main public health body [Rospotrebnadzor] said Friday,” Reuters reports. “All the…

MIT, South Africa Announce Plans To Join Patent Pool For ‘Neglected Diseases’

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) will join the Pool for Open Innovation against Neglected Tropical Diseases, Science|Business reports. According to Science|Business, “MIT is the first university to contribute intellectual property to the pool,” while South Africa’s TIA is the first government agency to join (5/6).

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