Female condom gets its day, and other news

Our weekly look at what’s new and interesting in global health and development turns up some good news about malaria prevention, a drug company that’s trying a different approach, and a reason to celebrate on September 12.

Winning the battle against malaria

The Hill, August 7, 2012

In Zambia, as in 14 other African countries, major progress has been made in the fight against malaria, thanks in large part to the efforts of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), write PATH’s Dr. Kent Campbell and Dr. Jonathon Simon of the Center for Global Health and Development in this blog post. The use of proven interventions like insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying of insecticides (IRS), improved diagnostic tests, and highly effective antimalarial drugs has increased dramatically. The result: more than 28 million people were protected with IRS in 2011, and more than 31 million bed nets have been distributed since PMI began. Because of the program, more and more children are able to sleep under the protection of bed nets and benefit from IRS in their homes—contributing to more than one million lives being saved in the last decade alone. Read the article.

Woman and child sit on a bed beneath a bed net.

A mother and her child in Zambia are protected by a bed net. Photo: PATH/David Jacobs.

HPV vaccination: sooner is better

ABC News, August 7, 2012

Vaccinating teenage girls against the human papilloma virus or HPV may be too little too late, according to a new study that found more than half of girls 13 and older already have the infection. Read the article.

Brazil gains business and influence as it offers aid and loans in Africa

The New York Times, August 6, 2012

In Mozambique, Brazil’s government is opening a plant making antiretroviral drugs to fight the AIDS epidemic. Brazil is lending $150 million to Kenya to build roads and ease congestion in the capital, Nairobi. And in Angola, West Africa’s rising oil power, a new security agreement seeks to expand the training of Angolan military personnel in Brazil. Brazil’s forays into Africa are similar to the ambitions of other rising powers, like Turkey, which has established its sway in the Arab world, and India’s promotion of its culture across Asia, says The New York Times. The prominence given to Africa also reflects Brazil’s shift from aid recipient to provider. Read the article.

Drugmaker GSK chases volume after profit

Reuters, August 3, 2012

Can you mix corporate do-gooding and hard-nosed business? GlaxoSmithKline thinks so. Reuters reports that the British drug giant is having some early success with a novel “hybrid” approach in Africa that is focused on improving drug access by cutting prices for a continent with 24 percent of the world’s health problems and just 1 percent of the budget. Read the article.

September 12 is  Female Condom Day

The Swazi Observer, August 6, 2012

September 12 has been declared Global Female Condom Day, says The Swazi Observer. Individuals and organizations will come together for a day of action to demonstrate global demand for this highly effective safer sex tool. Read the article.

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