In addition to Sam's regular linkage posts and Rory's occasional security linkage, I'm happy to present some global health linkage:
- The WHO is taking measures against the massive misuse of anti-malaria drugs, a practice that has allowed the parasite to develop resistance against treatment.
- Prevention is of course better than treatment, so it's welcome news that a Dutch biotechnology firm and British health care company have closed a partnership to jointly develop a malaria vaccine.
- Still on prevention, the Executive Director of UNICEF stressed during a visit to Lesotho that education must be central to all efforts to combat the spread of AIDS.
- Progress in producing a more cost effective drug for TB. Indian scientists have mapped the genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, paving the way for a new drug.
- More worrying news from East Africa, where countries are planning to adopt an anti-counterfeits policy which will endanger local production and importation of generic medicines. This may effectively put the lives of many people living with HIV and AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis on the line.