“AIDS drugs should be given to all who need them to reduce new infections, the World Health Organization said,” following a three-day meeting on the topic of using antiretroviral therapy (ART) to prevent the spread of HIV, Bloomberg reports. “Providing more antiretroviral drugs ‘will achieve a significant transmission benefit,’ Teguest Guerma, interim director of the WHOâ€™s AIDS department, said â€¦ ‘In the past, there has been a false dichotomy between prevention and treatment. â€¦’That is really what has been corrected. Prevention and treatment are two faces of the same coin'” (Bennett, 11/5).
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Three quarters of people in South Sudan, which has a population of 8 million, do not have access to health care, and 10 percent of children there and in Darfur die before the age of 1, Mohammad Abdur Rab, the WHO’s representative to Sudan, said Thursday, Reuters/ABC News reports.
In light of a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) report calling for sustained HIV/AIDS funding, VOA News writes: “Many AIDS-related groups and activists have been calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to fulfill his funding pledges made during the presidential campaign. But are they asking too much, considering the economic downturn?” Sharonann Lynch, an HIV policy advisor for MSF, said, “PEPFAR has the opportunity to save six million lives and it shouldn’t settle for three.”
The H1N1 (swine flu) virus is now the dominant flu strain worldwide, the WHO reported Thursday, with the virus accounting for up to 70 percent of the flu viruses sampled in some countries, the Associated Press reports. “We remain quite concerned about the patterns that we’re seeing,” Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s Special Adviser on Pandemic Influenza to the Director-General, said during a press briefing.
“India is falling behind other countries in meeting international commitments to improve obstetric care because it does not adequately monitor deaths and injuries in the critical period following childbirth and fix gaps in its health system and programmes,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, the Hindu reports.
Chinese scientists have been working on enhancing “the rare sweet wormwood shrub, from which artemisinin â€“ the best drug to fight malaria â€“ is derived” in an effort to fight malaria “not on its own soil, where the deadly disease has been sharply pruned back, but in Africa, where it still kills one child every 30 seconds,” Reuters reports.
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Child Mortality In Kenya Still High, Survey Shows “The most current data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics under the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) launched on Wednesday shows mortality among children under five years stands at 7.4 percent, while that of infants is at 5.2 percent,” Business Daily…
Wall Street Journal Examines Big Pharma’s ‘Growing Interest’ In Emerging-Market Vaccine Development, Production
The Wall Street Journal examines “big pharma’s growing interest in a corner of healthcare â€“ emerging-market inoculations,” in light of a recent move by Novartis to purchase an 85 percent stake in the Chinese vaccine maker Zhejiang Tianyuan Bio-Pharmaceutical Co.
Womens eNews examines the relationship between access to clean water and maternal mortality.
During a press conference on Thursday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned that the “global economic crisis and calls to commit funds to other health crises” threatened to undermine recent gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the Associated Press reports. MSF “says money for other health issues should be given in addition to money for [HIV/]AIDS” (11/5).