Also In The News April 28
Study Finds Children Born to HIV-Positive Mothers Less Likely To Be Vaccinated
Children born to HIV-positive mothers living in Uganda were 25% to 40% less likely to receive the recommended vaccines to protect against childhood diseases, according to a study from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Africa Science News Service reports. Possible reasons for HIV-positive mothers to be less likely to vaccinate include maternal HIV-related diseases; medication and weakness; living in rural areas; and fear of stigma (Africa Science News Service, 4/27).
British University Will Only Provide Research Licenses to Companies That Supply Cheap Drugs to Developing Countries
The University of Edinburgh said that it will become the first university in the U.K. to license research to pharmaceutical companies on the condition they provide developing countries with life-saving medicines at "cost" price, the Scotsman reports (Marks, Scotsman, 4/27). Professor David Webb of the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health said the university is working on "a range of viruses and conditions such as ticks and tick-borne pathogens, malaria and HIV," adding, "We are hopeful that by making our medicines as accessible as possible to those in greatest need, we will make a real difference to the millions of people who die from often preventable diseases every year" (Kelbie, The Observer, 4/26).
IRIN Examines Public-Private Partnerships' Role in Fighting Malaria
IRIN examines how public-private partnerships can help to combat malaria worldwide. The article highlights a partnership between Medicines for Malaria Venture and Novartis, which teamed up to create an artemisinin-based combination therapy for children earlier this year (IRIN, 4/27).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.