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MSF Calls On African Governments, WHO To Switch To Newer, More Expensive Treatment For Severe Malaria

Nearly 200,000 deaths from severe malaria could be averted if African governments replaced the low-cost antimalarial quinine with the more expensive but more effective drug artesunate, according to a report (.pdf) released Tuesday by Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Reuters reports (Kelland, 4/19).

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Researchers To Wind Down HIV Prevention Trial In Women After Interim Results Find Drug Not Offering Protection From HIV

Researchers on Monday announced they were calling off a trial to test whether taking an oral HIV drug reduces the risk of HIV infection in women after interim analysis of the study showed women taking the medication were no less likely to become infected with HIV than those who were not taking the medicine, the Associated Press reports (4/18).

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U.N. General Assembly Passes Resolution Urging Renewed Efforts To Fight Malaria

Ahead of World Malaria Day on April 25, the U.N. General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution urging governments, U.N. agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private foundations to accelerate their efforts and build upon established successes in the fight against the disease, particularly in Africa, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports.

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Two-Thirds Of Nations On Track To Meet Poverty, Hunger MDGs by 2015, WB-IMF Report Says

Two-thirds of developing countries are on track or close to reaching the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, according to a World Bank-IMF report released Friday to coincide with a meeting of the groups in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, Agence France-Presse/Edmonton Journal reports (4/16).

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FAO, WFP Launch International Global Food Security Platform To Improve Coordination

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) “have launched a new global food security platform” aimed at improving food security response coordination during natural disasters and other humanitarian situations, PTI/MSN India reports (4/17).

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Countries Agree To Draft Framework On Virus Sharing, WHO Says

After almost four years of negotiations, the WHO on Saturday announced it had reached an agreement on sharing flu virus samples, Agence-France Presse reports (4/17).

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Also In Global Health News: U.N., Libyan Government Reach Deal Over Aid; USAID Monitoring HIV/AIDS In Philippines; WFP Warns Of Afghanistan Food Shortages; U.N. Appeals For More Aid In Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia

U.N. Reaches Deal With Libyan Government To Provide Aid In Capital City U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday at a press conference in Hungary announced that the organization had reached an agreement with the Libyan government to provide humanitarian aid in the country’s capital city of Tripoli, the Associated Press…

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Virus-Sharing Draft Agreement Very Close; U.S. Yet To Formally Approve, Reuters Reports

A draft agreement that would ensure countries would share virus samples in exchange for access to affordable vaccines derived from such samples in the event of a pandemic is nearly complete, senior diplomats told Reuters on Thursday. “Consensus has been reached across all regions, including Indonesia which three years ago stopped sharing influenza samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), but the United States has yet to give formal approval, they said,” according to the news service.

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Updated Edition Of Humanitarian Handbook Includes Section On Protection Principles

Aid groups on Thursday praised the release of an updated handbook to guide humanitarian response efforts, including a new chapter on protection principles, IRIN reports.

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WHO Will Assist Indian Officials In Exploring Threat Of NDM-1 In Water Supply

The WHO has said it will assist government officials evaluating whether the presence of bacteria containing the NDM-1 gene in the water supply in New Delhi poses health risks, Agence France-Presse/Calgary Herald reports. The announcement comes after the Lancet last week published a report that bacteria carrying NDM-1, a gene that enables resistance to a variety of antibiotics, “was found in 51 out of 171 New Delhi samples taken from water pools and two out of 50 tap water samples,” the news service writes (4/14).

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