“Six months to the day since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake leveled 60% of [Port-Au-Prince’s] buildings and killed 230,000 people, there are few visible signs of improvement,” USA Today reports. “Frustration is high among Haitians and aid groups who say they see halting and haphazard progress toward recovery. The Haitian government â€“ responsible for the cleanup but still reeling after the loss of most of its buildings and many of its workers â€“ and the aid groups blame each other for the lack of progress,” according to the newspaper.
AOL News examines health officials’ concerns about the world-wide spread of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, focusing on the U.S. and Mexico.
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) now has the rights to “develop a class of potential anti-TB compounds” that may also treat Chagas disease, African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis, Reuters reports.
The FDA’s new rare disease review group will hold its first public hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss how to expand efforts to develop treatments for rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people, Reuters. “The new rare disease review group is part of a broadened effort to encourage companies to spend more money on the more than 6,000 rare diseases identified,” Reuters writes, adding that the FDA “already offer[s] companies grants and guaranties seven years of market exclusivity for drugs that treat rare diseases.”
Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago â€¦ now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”
Lancet Infectious Diseases Editorial Reflects On Need To Integrate HIV/AIDS, TB Prevention, Treatment Services Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, held July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria, a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial notes, “While there has been welcome progress in making ART available, HIV/AIDS raises other challenges that we are only…
Opinions: Harper And Global Health; Health Workers In Developing Countries; Funding Commitments; DDT, GMO Use
Canadian Prime MinisterÂ Should Use G8 To Press For Global Health Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper “can use the relatively intimate setting of the G8’s Muskoka meeting to press for a renewal of the G8’s commitment to better health for Africans, and help the developed world be truly accountable for its…
Also In Global Health News: South Africa TB Study; Plight Of Widows; Africa Invests In Science; Global Fund Money To Indonesia
Study In South Africa Examines TB/HIV Coinfection, MDR-TB Researchers found that 50 percent of deceased patients at a hospital in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal were infected with active tuberculosis, and 17 percent of those with active TB had a multi-drug resistant strain, according to a PLoS Medicine study…
Opinions: Canada’s Role In Global Health; Drug Licensing Agreements Promote Drug Access; Funding For USAID, State; Haiti
Canada Must Lead To EnsureÂ Robust Efforts In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria After outlining the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, the organization’s executive director, highlights the role Canada can play in determining “whether the world can overcome AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria”…
Also In Global Health News: Food Aid To Kyrgyzstan; Low-Cost Drug Stems Bleeding; Gaza’s Health System; TB Facility In Nigeria; World Cup
Food Aid Arrives Kyrgyzstan; 80,000 Flee Clashes The New York Times reports that food aid arrived in Kyrgyzstan as four days of ethic rioting started to abate. “At the border, where thousands of refugees have been stranded without clean water or medical care, medical supplies, aid blankets and tarpaulins were…