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In Brief: Unleashing mutated mosquitoes to fight malaria
19 February 2009 (IRIN ), Anopheles gambiae may meet its match in Medea. Scientists hope a synthetic gene known as Medea can wipe out the most common mosquito species that spreads malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists are trying to pinpoint the malaria-transmitting gene in mosquitoes and engineer genetically-modified mosquitoes (GMM) that lack the deadly gene. The hope is that GMM will prevail in a survival-of-the-fittest struggle between disease-carrying mosquitoes and the genetically-modified variety.
GLOBAL: Paltry funding for tackling deadly diseases
13 February 2009 (IRIN ), Diseases that kill millions of people annually in the developing world are overlooked as donors and pharmaceutical companies spend most of their money on developing products to treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, according to a study by George Institute for International Health.
GLOBAL: A glimmer of hope for microbicide research
10 February 2009 (IRIN ), After years of disappointments, AIDS researchers have announced results from a trial in which a vaginal microbicide appeared to offer promise in preventing HIV infection in women.
GLOBAL: Optimistic UNAIDS sets ambitious goals
10 February 2009 (IRIN ), Wearing an orange "HIV Positive" t-shirt, the new executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, this week outlined his vision for the UN agency at the Ubuntu Clinic in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa.
In Brief: Financial speculators and the food crisis
8 February 2009 (IRIN ), A food security expert has said that the involvement of financial markets in basic food commodities was the biggest factor in the worldwide food price hikes over the past couple of years.
GLOBAL: Global Fund facing shortfall
6 February 2009 (IRIN ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which supplies one-quarter of all AIDS funding, is facing a funding gap of US$5 billion.
GLOBAL: Buzzwords in climate change
5 February 2009 (IRIN ), If you don't know your "Ecoflation" from inflation and think "Greenwashing" might be a new detergent, and that "Global weirding" has probably crept in from sci-fi, read on.
GLOBAL: World conference of humanitarian studies
5 February 2009 (IRIN ), Academics, humanitarian analysts, practitioners and students are gathered in the Netherlands this week at the first conference of its kind. The World Conference of Humanitarian Studies is hosted by the University of Groningen and features over 60 panels and dozens of papers on a very broad range of humanitarian topics.
AFRICA: Need to focus on maternal, child health - top AU official
4 February 2009 (IRIN ), Countries in Africa should promote maternal, infant and child health and report on progress, in order to curb high deaths rates on the continent, a senior African Union (AU) official has said.
WEST AFRICA: When there is no village doctor
4 February 2009 (IRIN ), An international financial recession threatens to worsen the “severe medical workforce crisis” faced by almost 60 African and Asian countries, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The fewer health workers there are, the less chance a woman has to survive childbirth and a child his or her infancy, according to WHO.

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