The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on findings from CROI 2014. One post discusses a study on HIV self-testing in Malawi, while a second post discusses data on the widening gender gap in life expectancy for those with HIV-related illnesses in South Africa (Lubinski, 3/10).
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Reuters: Nepal’s miracle gel saves newborns from infection “… ‘Navi Malam,’ or chlorhexidine, [is a gel] applied to avoid umbilical cord infection — a main cause of newborn deaths in the impoverished Himalayan nation [of Nepal]. Made by local firm Lomus Pharmaceuticals and backed by the government, [USAID], and other donors, the gel was introduced…More
News outlets report on the economic impacts of H7N9 avian flu in China and the prospect of mass vaccination against the disease if human-to-human transmission occurs. Agence France-Presse: H7N9 bird flu comes home to roost in China “The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to do since Chinese authorities shut…More
Xinhua: New research facility for infectious diseases in Asia unveiled in Cambodia “France’s Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on Tuesday inaugurated a new facility [in Phnom Penh] for a regional research platform in Asia, focusing its research on infectious diseases in the region. …’The creation of the new facility at the campus of the Institut Pasteur…More
Associated Press: Stigma hinders efforts to combat leprosy in India “…The stigma of leprosy endures in India, even though the country has made great strides against the disease, which is neither highly contagious nor fatal. Now the number of new annual cases has risen slightly after years of steady decline, and medical experts say the…More
EurActiv.com: Pharma firms pressed to tackle neglected diseases in developing world “Poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) disproportionately affect the world’s poorest populations. Better incentives are needed for pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs, health campaigners say. Europe plays a critical role in developing new PRND products that are saving millions of lives and millions of euros…More
VOA News: South Sudan Conflict Erases Gains in Food Security, U.N. Agencies Say “The conflict in South Sudan has undone the strides the young country has taken toward food security in recent years, U.N. agencies said Monday. Food insecurity levels had dropped to a record low of 3.4 percent of the population from around 10…More
Roll Call reports on CDC efforts to invest in new technologies that would facilitate disease detection. Roll Call: CDC Plans to Map DNA of Disease-Causing Viruses “Many public health experts see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the premier disease detection agency not just for the United States but for the entire planet.…More
News outlets report from the 2014 U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, which opened on Monday in New York. This year, the conference will focus on development. Agence France-Presse: Ban calls for progress as U.N. commission on women opens “U.N.
News outlets report on Pakistan’s new campaign that pays parents to vaccinate their children against polio. The Guardian: Pakistan to pay parents in new polio vaccination drive “Parents in one of Pakistan’s most troubled provinces are to be paid to vaccinate their children against polio, the crippling disease the world is tantalizingly close to eradicating…”…More
LiveMint: Cipla may put patent for new HIV drug in open access pool “Cipla Ltd, which competed with multinational drug firms by cutting HIV treatment cost to a fraction of the prevailing rate, is hoping to make a similar impact with a new four-drug combination to treat HIV/AIDS in infants and children. The drug is…More
Devex: Devex and partners launch campaign to celebrate women and development “…[O]n March 8 — International Women’s Day — Devex is launching ‘She Builds,’ a campaign to drive the conversation about women and development forward and provide a dedicated platform for leading organizations to pose big questions, offer new solutions and spark real collaboration to…More
IRIN: Gains and losses as Burkina Faso fights child hunger “The fight against child malnutrition in Burkina Faso is gaining ground but chronic malnutrition remains above emergency threshold levels, particularly in rural areas, a situation that will be resolved only if the government and its partners step up prevention efforts…” (3/11).
The Guardian: Why David Miliband is wrong about humanitarian goals Jonathan Whittall, head of humanitarian analysis at Médecins Sans Frontières “In a recent opinion piece in The Guardian, former British foreign secretary and now the head of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, argued that the goals of humanitarian action needed to be reassessed and…More