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International Health News Roundup

I have been away for a while and distracted by the holidays and bowl season. However, global health is being discussed everywhere and while watching the Georgia Tech v. West Virginia Gator bowl game, a star wide receiver (and soon to be NFL star) was profiled for his efforts in developing countries. This was my call back to the blogosphere. Below are several recent global health stories from around the web including the one about the wide receiver for GT:

Hospital Caters to China’s Wealthy and Poor (Wall St. Journal 1/4/2007):
TIANJIN, China — At the Teda International Cardiovascular Hospital just outside Beijing, patients can choose from six levels of service. At the lowest end, for about $6.60 a night, patients must share their small room with others. The biggest suite at the hospital, on the other hand, costs about $3,160 a night…Dr. Liu’s hospital is trying to steer a course between those public and private extremes, striking a balance between the universal access the communist system once promised and higher efficiency a market mechanism can bring. He appeases Communist officialdom with cheap medical care for impoverished orphans, while simultaneously courting China’s wealthiest patients with the $3,000-a-night suite.

Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson Tackles Global Sanitation Problems:
“When given a choice this summer between helping out with designs for environmentally friendly luxury condos less than a mile away from campus and designing and building solar latrines to improve sanitation in Bolivia, Georgia Tech All-American wide receiver Calvin Johnson chose the latrine project without hesitation…Johnson immediately began work on designs for an inexpensive dry latrine system that uses the sun’s rays to safely transform bacteria-laden waste into fertilizer…Four billion people globally suffer from chronic waterborne disease…”

ABC News: Africa has high-tech tools to beat meningitis:
“Africa’s “meningitis belt,” stretching from Senegal to Ethiopia through some of the world’s poorest and most war-scarred places including Sudan’s Darfur, accounts for more than half the cases of the disease worldwide each year… Now health workers using high-tech methods to diagnose, control and even predict the disease hope to reduce its grim toll.”

In Pursuit of the Cure – Victoria Hale profile in the NY Times:
“…we used money we had earned from our consulting firm to start the Institute for OneWorld Health, the nonprofit I had dreamed of earlier. After wrestling with the Internal Revenue Service, which did not believe that there was such a thing as a pharmaceutical company that was not going to make profits (although they eventually saw that was possible)…”

India poised for pharmaceutical boom from the CS Monitor:
“By some estimates, India’s generic medicines treat half the AIDS patients in the developing world…Yet this picture has begun to change since India decided to comply with global patent standards last year. Now as never before, Indian pharmaceutical companies are looking to expand business in rich countries, which, critics say, will come at the expense of the world’s poor.”


Written by Aman

January 3, 2007 at 7:09 pm

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