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Also In Global Health News: Cholera Death In DR; TB Vaccine Study; Rising Food Prices

Dominican Republic Reports Country’s First Cholera Death Following Outbreak In Haiti “Dominican Republic on Sunday confirmed that a 53-year-old Haitian man has become the country’s first death from cholera and announced the immediate start of a broad disease control and monitoring operation” around the eastern town of Higuey where he…

Vaccination Campaigns To Stop Yellow Fever Spread Get Underway In E. Africa

Individuals traveling across East Africa on Friday were ordered to begin receiving mandatory yellow fever vaccines in an effort “to contain an outbreak of the disease in Uganda,” which has sickened an estimated 190 people, resulting in 48 deaths as of Dec. 30, 2010, the Citizen reports (Ubwani, 1/22).

WHO Executive Board Supports Saving Smallpox Virus Stocks

As the WHO executive board continues meeting in Geneva this week, members “on Thursday backed efforts by the U.S. and Russia to keep the last known stocks of the smallpox virus for research to combat terrorism, in an initial debate over the fate over what is left of one of the world’s most lethal pathogens,” the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the article, the 34-member board supported the notion “that those stocks are needed to finish developing drugs and vaccines to counter a potential bioterror attack or accidental release of smallpox from unsanctioned stocks, officials familiar with the talks said.”

Recent Releases In Global Health

Insecticides To Fight Malaria: In a Daily Caller opinion piece, Richard Tren of Africa Fighting Malaria and Donald Roberts of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences write in support of using insecticides, like DDT, to combat malaria: “Unless the donor nations that fund global malaria programs, such as the…

WHO Executive Board Meeting Addresses Agency’s Policy On Counterfeit, Substandard Medications

Intellectual Property Watch reports on how delegates at WHO’s executive board meeting used Wednesday to discuss WHO policy on counterfeit and substandard medications. According to the news service, WHO “members … raised strong concerns that a working group they mandated last May to address problems with WHO policy on counterfeit and substandard medicines has yet to be formed – with four months remaining before it must report back to members.”

Opinions: GAVI; Haitian Women; Clinton’s Foreign Policy

Sufficient Support Of GAVI Would Go Long Way To Preventing Premature Deaths Around The World  “Vaccines are among the greatest scientific contributions to human welfare. They are also some of the largest humanitarian contributions of developed nations to the rest of the world. So it is unfortunate that a decade of…

World Bank Announces Additional $5M Grant To Fight Cholera In Haiti

The World Bank on Tuesday “announced a $15 million grant to Haiti to fight a persistent cholera epidemic,” SAPA/Health24 reports. In a press release, the bank said it approved an additional $5 million to be added to a previously announced $10 million grant. “The funds, said the organisation in [the] statement, will go towards public campaigns to prevent infection and increase the capacity of Haiti’s health ministry to deal with the emergency,” the news service writes (1/19).

WHO Director-General Expresses Concern Over Public Mistrust Of Vaccines

During the WHO’s executive board meeting Monday, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan expressed concerns over what she called a “‘worrisome’ public mistrust of vaccines, following signs of a tail-off in flu vaccination,” Agence France-Presse reports (1/18).