The WHO’s recent prequalification approval of a low-cost meningitis vaccine could “help prevent epidemics in Africa for the first time, revolutionizing how doctors fight outbreaks of the deadly disease,” the Associated Press reports.
Greenwire/New York Times reports on the growing number of cases of dengue worldwide, including the CDC’s report last month that the virus has now been locally acquired in the continental U.S. for the first time in 65 years. “While a few cases were reported earlier, they were primarily in Americans who had caught the virus abroad or at the Texas-Mexico border,” the news service writes.
Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago â€¦ now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”
“A large polio outbreak in Tajikistan â€“ Europe’s first in years â€“ has the potential to further spread the dangerous virus to other regions of the world, the [editors of] the Canadian Medical Association Journal [CMAJ] warned Wednesday” in an editorial appearing in the journal, the Canadian Press reports.
Miller-McCune Examines Debate Over Redistribution Of Some Foreign Aid Funds From HIV/AIDS To Other Diseases
Through the lens of health conditions faced by people in Mbarara, Uganda, Miller-McCune examines the debate over redistributing some foreign aid funds from HIV/AIDS to fight other diseases.
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WHO Scraps Old Drug Development Group, Creates New One Lancet World Report examines how “[d]isappointment over a long-awaited report on improving drug research and development for neglected diseases” led the WHO to form a new Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) to strategize around drug research and development. The formation of…
Women’s Rights Essential To Improving Maternal Mortality The U.N.’s plan to improve maternal health is lacking “the one element that will make it work. Human rights,” according to blog post on Huffington Post. “Medical causes of maternal deathÂ â€“ hemorrhage, sepsis, hypertension, unsafe abortion, HIV and AIDS â€“ are inextricably linked…
Financial Times Examines How GAVI’s $2.6B Shortfall Might Affect New Vaccine Programs In Developing Countries
GAVI Alliance’s plan to introduce new vaccine projects in the developing world “is under threat amid the international economic downturn,” the Financial Times reports. “Subsidies to extend the use of vaccines against rubella, HPV to tackle cervical cancer, cholera and Japanese encephalitis in the developing world are among those likely to be cancelled or delayed, the head of the U.N.-backed” Alliance’s CEO Julian Lob-Levyt said, the newspaper writes.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on Tuesday rejected recent criticisms that her decisions to declare H1N1 (swine flu) a pandemic were impacted by her advisers’ link to the pharmaceutical industry, the Associated Press reports.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on Thursday announced the WHO still considers H1N1 (swine) flu a pandemic, despite the fact “its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world,” Reuters reports (Lynn, 6/3).