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Global Health Briefs
May - June, 2009 | Volume 8, Issue 3
Merck exec to head Global Health Council
The Global Health Council has named former Merck executive Jeffrey L. Sturchio as president and CEO. In his role as vice president of Merck for corporate responsibility and as president of the Merck Company Foundation, Sturchio was instrumental in developing programs to treat more then 100,000 AIDS patients in Botswana and protecting millions of Africans from river blindness. He succeeds Nils Daulaire, who stepped down in February after 10 years.
PEPFAR reduces AIDS deaths
A recent study by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has found that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has succeeded in reducing deaths from the disease in the African nations where it is active but not in slowing its spread.
Wide rotavirus vaccination urged
WHO is recommending that all national immunization programs include vaccination against rotavirus, which causes more than 500,000 children to die each year, mostly in developing countries. The recommendation is based on new data from clinical trials in Africa showing the vaccine performed well in areas with high infant and child mortality, poor sanitary conditions, high diarrheal disease mortality and high maternal HIV prevalence.
Zimbabwe cholera count rising
Political unrest, the collapse of the country’s sanitation, water and health systems and widespread malnutrition have combined to push the number of cholera cases in Zimbabwe to the 100,000 mark since the outbreak began last August.
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