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Aid Agencies Launch $378M 2010 Aid Request To Improve Health In Zimbabwe

More than 70 agencies, led by the U.N., launched a request on Monday for $378 million in aid, which will be used to improve health and food security, as well as water and sanitation, Reuters reports. Though Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government has improved some “social conditions in the country,” the agencies “say more needs to be done”(Banya, 12/7).

Washington Post, New York Times Examine PEPFAR

The Washington Post examines the Obama administration’s goal “to get the ‘emergency’ out of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief” and integrate HIV/AIDS programs more into the health infrastructure of recipient countries. A five-year strategy for PEPFAR was released last week.

WHO Issues Report On Global Tobacco Use

“Tobacco use kills at least 5 million people every year, a figure that could rise if countries don’t take stronger measures to combat smoking, the World Health Organization said Wednesday,” during the release its Global Tobacco Epidemic report (.pdf), the Associated Press reports (Cheng, 12/9).

DOTS Has Cured 36M People, Prevented Up To 8M TB Deaths Over 15 Years, WHO Says

Since the WHO developed Directly Observed Therapy, Short-course (DOTS) in 1994 for the treatment of tuberculosis, approximately 36 million people have successfully completed treatment and been cured over the past 15 years, according to new data released by the WHO on Tuesday, health-e reports.

Money Must Be Spent Wisely In Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Report Says

More money, less waste and smarter programmes are urgently needed to consolidate precious gains in the war on AIDS and HIV, UNAIDS said” in a report released on Thursday ahead of the disease’s 30th anniversary and the beginning of the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, Agence France-Presse reports.

Stop TB Partnership Releases 5 TB Prevention Steps

Ahead of the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, the Stop TB Partnership released five guidelines aimed at preventing tuberculosis, which results in one in four AIDS-related deaths, the U.N. News Centre writes.