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Global Health Briefs

March - April, 2009 | Volume 8, Issue 2

Photo: P. Falciparum
Photo: Unicef

New tool for malaria philanthropy

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice has published a document intended to help donors make the most useful contributions to the fight against malaria. Lifting the Burden of Malaria: An Investment Guide for Impact-Driven Philanthropy describes examples of promising models, provides cost-per-impact estimates and offers advice on setting a strategy.

Circumcision info Web site created

To combat misinformation about male circumcision and its value in preventing AIDS, world health groups have created a Web site to present scientific studies, policy documents and news articles to fight myths about the practice. The site is operated by the World Health Organization, the United Nations AIDS program, the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, Family Health International and several universities.

Three African men talking
Courtesy of CMC

Map showing new TB cases, 1997
New TB Cases, 2007

TB/HIV deaths higher than thought

Although the number of new tuberculosis cases is remaining stable, the number of HIV-related cases that cause death is twice as high as previously thought, according to a report from the World Health Organization based on 2007 statistics. Overall, there was one fewer TB death per 100,000 population than in 2006. But one out of four TB deaths—a total of 456,000—was related to HIV infection.

Migrant women's HIV risk examined

Asian women migrating to Arab states often do so under unsafe conditions, are targets of sexual exploitation and violence and are highly vulnerable to factors that lead to HIV infection, according to a study from several international organizations. HIV Vulnerabilities of Migrant Women: from Asia to the Arab States, concludes host countries and countries of origin share responsibility to provide protective policies.

Women getting water

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