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WHO Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back on Malaria

Last week, my colleague April Harding blogged about the recent debates on the most effective strategies for increasing coverage of insecticide-treated nets. She took to task Dr. Arata Kochi, head of WHO's malaria program, for promoting free distribution campaigns rather than the multi-prong strategies recommended by his own organization, among others. Dr.

PEPFAR(THER)*: Double the Money, Double the Impact?

In anticipation of the G8 summit and its focus on commitments to international development in Germany next week, President Bush called on Congress a short while ago to double the funding for PEPFAR from 15 to 30 billion dollars when the current plan expires in 2008. The plan for PEPFAR 2, as described in a White House press release is a "continuation and expansion" of the initial PEPFAR program:

Outwitting & Outwaiting ARV Resistance

In the best health news of the year (so far!), a new New England Journal of Medicine study has found that delaying the start of a nevirapine-based antiretroviral therapy by six months can prevent the development of drug resistance in HIV-positive women who took single-dose nevirapine during labor to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.