What We’re Reading

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This week’s reading list is below! Please comment if you’ve been reading anything of interest as well – we’d love to hear from you.

  • A PlusNews story this week reported that Kenya put aside 900 million shillings, or $11.25 million US, for the purchase of “life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV).” This is unprecedented for the country, though activists maintain there is still a long way to go.
  • A new report from the Center for Global Development calls for a renewed focus on addressing drug resistance around the world.  CGD posted a video with the report on resistant typhoid and other diseases which is embedded with this post – it is very powerful. Change.org’s Global Poverty blog has a post today on the report’s implications as well, which is worth a read.
  • There were a few stories this week on the link between HIV and maternal health. In particular, The Guardian posted a piece from their International Development Journalism Competition. It discusses Goal 5 of the MDGs – Safe Motherhood – as being the furthest of all from its goal, with only 23 countries looking like they will meet it by 2015. In countries like Zimbabwe and Malawi in sub-Saharan Africa, the high prevalence of HIV actually means that maternal death rates are rising. Another story of interest on this subject comes from the Columbia University Earth Institute’s State of the Planet blog.  The post discusses progress in eliminating HIV/AIDS in the Mbola Millenium Village cluster in Tanzania.
  • Finally, two Lancet comments are worth noting this week. The first is on tuberculosis in women and children, and the second on the role of the community in addressing tuberculosis.

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