Nature News reports on an immunization campaign kicking off in Africa in December that will offer protection to some areas of Africa’s meningitis belt. “Millions will receive a new vaccine, MenAfriVac, that promises protection against the meningococcal bacterium Neisseria meningitides,” the news service writes, noting the effort “is the culmination of ten years’ work by an international consortium to develop a vaccine at a price low enough for massive use in Africa: just US$0.40 a dose.”
“Using mobile-phone text messages to remind HIV patients to take their dose of life-saving medications can give a major boost to drug adherence, according to an innovative trial in Kenya unveiled on Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse reports.
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Polio Outbreak In Congo Leads To Emergency Immunization Effort “Eighty-five deaths and 184 cases of paralysis were reported in the port city of Pointe Noire, the epicenter of the Republic of Congo’s first polio outbreak in a decade, the World Health Organization said in a statement yesterday,” Bloomberg reports. “The…
U.S. Gives $90M To WFP For Pakistan Flood Relief A $90 million donation from the U.S. to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP)Â “will help prevent a reduction in food aid to millions of people affected by the recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan,” the Associated Press of Pakistan reports. “The U.S.…
Sec. Clinton Highlights Importance Of U.S.-Australia Partnership To Reduce Violence Against Women Worldwide
As part of her two-week Asia-Pacific tour, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Australia on Saturday, where she called for increased cooperation between Australia and the U.S. to help drive down violence against women globally, Bloomberg reports. “Clinton has stressed throughout her trip that better treatment of, and opportunities for, women improve a nation’s economic and social prospects,” the news service writes (Gaouette, 11/6).
Food Security Conference In The Hague Concludes With Suggestions For U.N. Climate Negotiations To Incorporate Agriculture
Participants in a five-day food security meeting at The Hague “urged U.N. climate negotiators Friday to consider agriculture when drawing up strategies to fight climate change,” the Canadian Press reports.
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Lugar, Pentagon Officials Head To Africa For Laboratory Inspections In a Foreign Policy blog post, David Hoffman reports that Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and several Pentagon officials will travel to Kenya and Uganda this week to inspect laboratories thatÂ “are working on infectious disease diagnosis and treatment; the concern is that…
Al Jazeera Examines International Trade Agreement Negotiations, Access To Generic Medicines In Low-Income Countries
Al Jazeera examines what the outcomes of two international trade agreement negotiations â€“ one regarding free trade between the EU and India and the other over anti-counterfeiting measures â€“ could mean for patients living with HIV/AIDS in low-income countries.
Tropical storm Tomas “is on a path toward the island of Hispaniola and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and make landfall Friday, with possible winds of 74 mph and heavy rains,” PBS’ NewsHour reports.
U.N. Human Development Report Finds Significant Quality Of Life Gains Among Many Developing Countries Over Last 40 Years, But Gaps Persist
“People around the globe are healthier, richer and better educated than ever before, with most developing countries registering huge gains over the last 40 years, a U.N. report [.pdf] released Thursday shows,” the Canadian Press reports.