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Global Fund-Financed Programs Reaching More People, Report Shows

The most recent statistics on programs funded in 140 countries through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released Wednesday reveal “[m]ore than 2 million people living with HIV have been reached with life-saving treatment,” the UN News Centre reports.

Op-Eds: Pharma In Africa; U.S. Global TB Funding; ITN Distribution Strategies Examined

Economic Crisis Presents Opportunity To Reform Pharmaceutical Practices In Africa, Says UNAIDS Head With an estimated 22 million people living with HIV in Africa, the demand for affordable and effective HIV/AIDS medications on the continent presents an opportunity to reform its pharmaceutical practices, Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, writes…

U.S., Russia Sign Agreement To Cooperate On Health Goals

The White House announced on Monday that the U.S. and Russia have signed on to a “memo of understanding” to cooperate on several public health and medical science projects, ModernHealthcare.com reports.

Also In Global Health News: Potential New Drug-Resistant TB Treatment; HIV/AIDS Education; Interview With Assistant Secretary of State Carson; African Health Systems

Parkison’s Disease Drugs Could Treat MDR-TB, XDR-TB Researchers said “computer models and lab experiments suggest the drugs tolcapone or Tasmar made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, and entacapone or Comtan made by Novartis AG [used to treat Parkinson's disease] have the potential to treat” multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant TB, Reuters…

Global Fund Faces $3B Funding Shortfall

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is facing a budget shortfall of about $3 billion, Marcela Rojo, a Global Fund spokesperson, said on Friday, Reuters reports.

Also In Global Health News: HIV & TB; ITN Program; DRC’s Health System

HIV-Positive Babies More Likely To Contract Deadly TB If Given BCG A three-year study in South Africa found that babies who were born HIV-positive had a higher risk of contracting a deadly form of tuberculosis if given the widely used BCG vaccine, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The study, which was…

Also In Global Health News: Developing Country Agriculture; MDR-TB In Pakistan, HIV/AIDS Funding In Ghana; Rwandan Religious Groups Fighting Disease; Trafficked Nigerian Girls Found

Oxfam Calls On G8 Leaders To Increase Agriculture Investment In Developing Countries The development group Oxfam is calling on G8 leaders, ahead of their meeting in Italy, to increase investment in agriculture in developing countries, Reuters reports. The group recently released a report, which shows that agricultural assistance by G8…