Drawing an unfortunate parallel to the Constant Gardener, Pfizer has recently come under fire for possible ethical violations in 1996 tests of its antibiotic Trovan on children with meningitis, based on a classified government document that was leaked to the Washington Post: Panel Faults Pfizer in â€˜96 Clinical Trial In Nigeria, Unapproved Drug Tested on Children. Pfizer's response is available here.
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One of the poorest countries in Africa, Niger also suffers one of the deadliest malaria epidemics on the continent - one in four children in the country die as a result of the disease. However, according to an article in this weekâs Lancet (free registration), Niger is taking dramatic and strategic steps to combat malaria among women and children by distributing insecticide-treated nets in hard-to-reach areas.
One of the poorest countries in Africa, Niger also suffers one of the deadliest malaria epidemics on the continent - one in four children in the country die as a result of the disease. However, according to an article in this weeks Lancet (free registration), Niger is taking dramatic and strategic steps to combat malaria among women and children by distributing insecticide-treated nets in hard-to-reach areas.
On May 2nd, Senators Brownback and Lieberman introduced the Elimination of Neglected Diseases Act of 2006, which would encourage pharmaceutical companies to invest in developing treatments for neglected diseases by extending and restoring "wild card" patents, as Senator Brownback explains in his press release:
In his April 26 testimony to House appropriators, new Director of Foreign Assistance Randall Tobias left no doubt about his determination to ensure that the fragmented U.S. foreign assistance regime be overhauled to reflect strategic guidance from the Secretary of State -- and to ensure that U.S. aid advances the administration’s broad foreign policy and national security goals, rather than being driven by the desires of individual agencies or country missions.
According to a May 3 article in the Kyiv Post, last month the World Bank suspended a $60 million project to combat Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS among high risk groups in Ukraine. The suspension came as a result of the lack of progress in implementing the program. Despite signing the five-year agreement in December 2002, the Government had managed to disburse a mere 2% of the funding to date.
The BBC reports that the WHO campaign to eradicate polio is back on track:
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly has just released a report on “China's Development Challenge.” While the report discusses such topics as foreign investment and China’s energy needs, much of the analysis focuses on the challenge of rural development. This focus on the rapidly growing divide between China’s rural and urban economies and the fear of spreading rural unrest is correct: the problem has been growing for more than a decade.