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Transparency International Corruption Index Released

The nonprofit Transparency International (TI) released its annual report ranking corruption in countries across the world on Tuesday, NPR’s “The Two-Way” blog reports (Sutherland, 10/26).

Also In Global Health News: PEPFAR-Supported Programs In Uganda; Cholera In Nigeria; $275M For Jordan’s Water Supply; Recovered Global Fund Money In Uganda; Maternal Health In India; Malnutrition In Yemen

PEPFAR Awards $250M To Uganda For HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention Programs The U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has provided “eleven new awards [which] amount to a quarter of a billion dollar investment over five years” to Uganda “in support” of the country’s HIV/AIDS response, a U.S. Mission press release states (10/21). Uganda’s…

Cholera Kills 138 People, More Than 1,500 Other Cases Reported, Haitian Health Ministry Officials Say

“Haitian Health Ministry officials have informed the World Health Organization that 138 deaths are a part of a fast-moving cholera outbreak north of Port-au-Prince, a U.N. official said,” CNN reports. In addition to the deaths, 1,526 cases of cholera have been reported in the Lower Artibonite region, said Imogen Wall, the U.N. humanitarian spokesperson in Haiti. “This is a situation that’s developed very quickly. It’s only been 48 hours, and we’ve already got 138 deaths confirmed,” Wall said.

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Progress, Challenges In Curbing Neglected Tropical Diseases: “The effect of 30 years of neglect for these diseases in research and development of new diagnostics and drugs, and, crucially, in investing in training and education in vector-borne diseases, is evident. Most current drugs for neglected tropical diseases are old, and the…

Importance Of Handwashing Highlighted Through Events In 80 Countries

Noting that Friday is Global Handwashing Day, the Los Angeles Times writes, “Every year, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections cause the death of more than 3.5 million children under age 5. These figures could be cut dramatically if handwashing with soap were widely practiced, experts say.”

Asian Development Bank Conference Addresses Water, Sanitation Concerns

Water shortages that could reduce food production and worsen economic conditions in Asia are worsening, Arjun Thapan, an infrastructure advisor with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), said on Tuesday at the ADB’s “Water: Crisis and Choices” conference in Manila, Philippines, Agence France-Presse reports.

IPS Examines Water, Sanitation MDG Targets

Inter Press Service looks at the U.N. Human Rights Council’s (HRC) endorsement of “water and sanitation as a basic human right” last week, and the “reality” that “water and sanitation have remained two of the most neglected sub-texts of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which came under scrutiny at the MDG summit” in September.

Also In Global Health News: Tentative ARV Approval Under PEPFAR; 50 Years Of Peace Corps; Clean Water In Zimbabwe; Development In Southern Sudan

Matrix Laboratories Recieves Tentative FDA Approval To Provide Generic ARV Under PEPFAR Pharmaceutical company Mylan announced on Tuesday that its “subsidiary Matrix Laboratories Ltd. has received tentative government approval for atazanavir sulfate capsules, an AIDS treatment that will be available in some developing countries,” Pittsburgh Business Times reports. “Atazanavir sulfate capsules…

U.N. Calls For Increased Efforts To Reduce Urban Poverty, Improve City Living Conditions

The U.N. marked World Habitat Day Monday with a call for governments worldwide to do more to reduce urban poverty and improve the living conditions populations in cities around the world face, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reports. “Creating better cities demands the combined efforts of national and local governments, civil society and the private sector, supported by the best efforts of the United Nations system,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement released to mark World Habitat Day.

Also In Global Health News: WHO Flu Response; Sanitation In Mozambique; Interfaith HIV/AIDS Summit; HIV/AIDS In Uganda; South African Hospital Renovations; HIV Vaccine Development

Chan Defends WHO’s Response To H1N1 On Tuesday, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan defended her agency’s response to the H1N1 flu pandemic saying, “I personally do not believe that WHO exaggerated the threat,” and that “[a] new disease is, by definition, poorly understood as it emerges,” Reuters reports. Chan continued, “Had…