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Opinions: HIV Prevention Research; Foreign Aid; Sanitation; Aid, Self-Reliance

Advancing HIV Prevention Research Requires ‘Spirit Of Global Collaboration’ “Microbicides, vaccines and other new approaches will one day join proven HIV-prevention strategies, including condoms, male circumcision and clean needles. How soon that day comes will depend on whether funders and the scientific community can develop the more collaborative approaches to…

NIAID Launches Clinical Trials Of Dengue Vaccine

After more than a decade of development, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has started clinical trials to test a vaccine to protect against the dengue virus, a product researchers hope may one day “help prevent a disease to which 2.5 billion people are exposed,” CIDRAP News reports (Roos, 8/9).

WHO Declares End Of H1N1 Pandemic

“World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan announced Tuesday the end of the [H1N1] swine flu pandemic, more than a year after it was declared,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The world is no longer in phase 6 of influenza pandemic alert. We are now moving into the post-pandemic period,” Chan said during a virtual press conference from Hong Kong, according to a WHO press release.

Also In Global Health News: AIDS Vaccine Testing; Misoprostol In Pakistan; Russian Wheat Exports; Generic Drugs In Uganda; Poverty In Egypt; Gender-Based Violence In Namibia

Crucell And Harvard To Test Experimental AIDS Vaccine In Uninfected Adults The pharmaceutical company Crucell, in collaboration with Harvard University, “plans to test its experimental AIDS vaccine in the U.S. and in Africa, advancing the quest for a protective shot against” HIV, Bloomberg reports. The trial will test the vaccine…

News Outlets Look At How H1N1 Will Inform WHO’s Future Outbreak Response

Following the WHO’s decision on Tuesday to declare the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic over, several news outlets reviewed the emergence of the virus around the world, exploring how some of the lessons learned from H1N1 could assist the WHO’s handling of future outbreaks.

Also In Global Health News: Kenya Approves Constitution; Angola Vaccinates Against Polio; Misoprostol In Kenya; Preventing HIV In IDUs

Kenya Approves Constitution In Peaceful Election “Kenyans voted in favour of a new constitution in a peaceful referendum that could reshape the political landscape of east Africa’s largest economy, partial results showed on Thursday,” Reuters writes. The new constitution “addresses the corruption, political patronage, land-grabbing and tribalism which have plagued…

Clinical Trials In Asia, Africa Confirm Safety, Effectiveness Of Rotavirus Vaccine

Two studies published online Thursday in the Lancet show that the rotavirus vaccine is safe and effective at preventing much of the gastrointestinal illness in developing countries, where it kills more than 400,000 children annually, Reuters reports. Based on the findings in Africa and Asia, the studies’ authors “urged the governments of developing nations to make the vaccines a priority,” the news service writes.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Comment Calls For More Research Into Alcohol Use, HIV According to a Lancet Comment, “alcohol remains conspicuously absent from the larger field of research and programming in HIV and substance use. … Patterns of hazardous alcohol consumption prevail in countries with the most severe HIV epidemics, notably eastern and…

Reuters Examines Measles Outbreaks In Africa

Reuters reports on how some health experts worry that growing complacency about the threat of measles in Africa is contributing to “some of [the continent's] largest and most deadly outbreaks in years.” Worldwide, “[a]bout 164,000 people died from measles in 2008, down 78 percent from 733,000 in 2000, according to the Measles Initiative,” Reuters reports, adding that “UNICEF fears the combined effect of decreased political and financial commitment to measles could reverse the gains, resulting in an estimated 1.7 million measles-related deaths globally between 2010 and 2013.”

BBC Reports On Efforts To Broaden Access To Childhood Vaccines

The BBC reports on discussions about childhood immunization at the International Pediatric Association (IPA) meeting last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. “Vaccines are a key plank in meeting Millennium Development Goal 4 – to reduce child mortality by two thirds by 2015 – and many sessions at the congress were devoted to them,” the news service writes.