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Also In Global Health News: NTD Consortium; Clean Water Access; PEPFAR Lab Donation; River Blindness Elimination; Vaccines In India

European Laboratories Form Consortium To Study Neglected Tropical Diseases A handful of European universities and industries have formed a consortium to “boost drug development for the treatment of two deadly diseases, the African sleeping sickness and Leishmaniasis, which affect millions of people worldwide,” afrol News reports. “This new project combines…

Opinion: Chronic Disease In Africa; Education Can Help Combat Disease; Climate Change And Health; TB Vaccine

More Studies Needed As Africa’s ‘Chronic-Disease Epidemic Looms’ “An epidemic of chronic, non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, mental illness, cancer, diabetes, and obesity is growing in Africa, a continent still struggling with infectious and nutritional diseases,” according to a Boston Globe opinion piece by Michelle Holmes and Shona Dalal. Although…

Opinion: U.S. Global Health Strategy; Fighting Drought

U.S. Global Health Strategy Should ‘Encompass Holistic Solutions’ As the U.S. “works on a comprehensive global health strategy,” we need to “expand our thinking to encompass holistic solutions that go into improving the health of the world’s poor,” Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority leader and current member of the Millennium…

Typhoid Vaccine Effectively Prevents Disease In Children, Study Finds

“A typhoid vaccine proved effective in the slums of India, where it not only helped prevent infection in children who received it, but also those in close contact who were unvaccinated,” according to a New England Journal of Medicine study published on Thursday, the AP/Washington Post reports (Chang, 7/22).

G8, African Leaders Agree To Strengthen Water Access Partnership

G8 and leaders from Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and the African Union on Friday announced an agreement to strengthen their partnership to improve access to water in Africa, Ennahar Online reports.

Also In Global Health News: Noncommunicable Disease Network; Tropical Disease Treatments; Maternal Health In Peru; South Asia MDG

WHO Launches International Network To Take On Noncommunicable Disease The WHO on Wednesday launched an international network of leading health organizations and experts from around the world in an effort to “unite” and “scal[e] up world action to combat noncommunicable diseases, which cause some 38 million deaths annually,” Xinhua/People’s Daily…