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Recent Releases: Human-Rights and Health; WHO’s TB Report; Drug-Resistant TB

Lancet Study Finds No Association Between Human-Rights Treaties and Health Status The ratification of primary human-rights treaties is not associated with health status changes, according to a team of Canadian researchers, who add the findings “should not be interpreted to mean that human-rights treaties have no effect on important health…

Also in Global Health News: U.N. Asks For IDP Aid; Gates On Polio & HIV/AIDS Vaccine; AIDS Cases Triple In Indonesia; Drugs In Kenya, Uganda & Liberia

U.N. Agencies, NGOs Appeal For $37M For IDPs In Pakistan The WHO, UNICEF, the U.N. Population Fund and 19 NGOs have appealed for $37 million to provide “life-saving healthcare” for more than three million internally displaced people currently residing in temporary camps in northwest Pakistan, the International News reports. The…

Experimental Drug Five Times More Effective Against MDR-TB Than Conventional Therapy

A Johnson & Johnson-run study found that its experimental drug TMC207 could make conventional tuberculosis treatment five times more effective against multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) because it cleared traces of the TB bacteria in the sputum of 48 percent of study volunteers after eight weeks, Reuters reports.

Report Examines Zimbabwean Refugees In South Africa

According to a report released Tuesday by Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF), “Zimbabweans continue to cross the border [into South Africa] every day, legally and illegally, in massive numbers as a matter of survival,” AFP/Google.com reports.