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26 Jun 2009
The Pacific Health Summit focused on drug-resistant tuberculosis this year, but was another expensive international meeting really justified?
22 Jun 2009
A $1.5 billion grant will support efforts towards better access to vaccines against pneumococcal diseases, such as pneumonia and meningitis.
Source: GAVI Alliance
A major study finds that global health initiatives focusing on AIDS, malaria and TB can cause problems for health services in developing countries, but the authors say that this does not have to be the case.
18 Jun 2009
The Ethiopian region of Amhara has completed a campaign in which nine million doses of antibiotic treatment for trachoma were distributed, and testing and treatment for malaria was also conducted.
17 Jun 2009
Reducing stigma and disability are both priorities.
Source: ASEAN Secretariat; WHO (SEARO)
An international network of malaria scientists will map the emergence of drug resistance, to help provide patients with “the right drugs at the right time”.
Source: WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network
15 Jun 2009
A study in Cambodia shows that when a child develops dengue (or another feverish infection) it typically incurs debts to the family of $24. The average weekly cost of food for a Cambodian family is $10.
Source: BMC Public Health
A phase 2 trial in South African patients with drug-resistant TB has shown good results for the compound TMC207, when used in combination with standard TB therapy.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine; Reuters
10 Jun 2009
Oxfam says the approach adopted by the new Affordable Medicine Facility will make drug resistance more likely.
A team of distinguished specialists in neglected diseases argues that there is now strong evidence that treating girls for schistosomiasis reduces their vulnerability to HIV infection.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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