Global Fund Will Make ‘Every Possible Effort’ To Raise Additional Resources: Although pledges to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its recent replenishment meeting did not meet “the lowest estimate of demand,” the Fund “will make every possible effort to raise the additional resources that we…
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“India has taken the lead to get together a number of generic drug-producing nations to call for better definitions to ensure quality, strengthening of regulatory authorities in the respective countries, and bringing focus of the world to public health instead of intellectual property,” PHARMABIZ.com writes in an article that examines the recent meeting of leaders from Brazil, India and South Africa on issues regarding counterfeit medicines. “The initiative came as an inter-governmental working group, appointed by the World Health Assembly last year, is looking at the WHO’s role to ensure the availability of quality, safe and efficacious and affordable medicine,” according to the new service.
CNN’s “the chart” blog examines the rising number of cholera cases around the world. In addition to the cholera outbreak in Haiti, “[a]s of this month, four African nations – Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger – have reported more than 40,000 cases of cholera and more than 2,000 deaths. And Pakistan, a country that is still suffering from the effects of horrific floods, also is reporting 100+ cases of cholera since last month.”
Agweek examines USAID’s approach to purchasing food aid. The piece notes USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s comments from his October 15 remarks at the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, when he explained that USAID has used $250 million to purchase foodstuffs in developing countries this year.
An audit (.pdf) of U.S. projects to rebuild Afghanistan “found a ‘confusing labyrinth’ of agencies and contractors in a poorly coordinated aid effort” that cannot easily demonstrate how money is being spent, a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said on Wednesday, Reuters reports (10/27).
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).
Diplomacy, Development Need Equal Footing With Defense In a Foreign Affairs essay, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton writes of “the need to elevate diplomacy and development alongside defense â€“ a ‘smart power’ approach to solving global problems.” Clinton outlines the efforts underway â€“ from the hiring of new Foreign…
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Death Toll Rises From Two Disasters In Indonesia; Minister Says Aid Not Needed Yet The death toll from two recent disasters in Indonesia â€“ a tsunami and volcano eruptionÂ â€“ “rose to more than 340 Thursday” and hundreds were reportedly missing, theÂ Associated Press reports.Â According to an official, “a warning system installed…
Reuters reports that the developers of a vaginal microbicide gel containing the antiretroviral tenofovir which has been found to reduce “HIV infections in women by 39 percent,” said that during meetings last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted fast track approval designation to the gel, which expedites the review of drugs by the agency.
Nearly 300 people have died from cholera and 3,612 diagnosed in Haiti’s week-old epidemic, Reuters reports, citing numbers from Haitian health authorities. The news service reports that “the U.N., the [Haitian] government, and its foreign aid partners are expecting the disease to spread further in its epidemic phase. They have launched a combined treatment, containment and prevention strategy for the whole country.”