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GSK Vaccine Against HPV Proves More Effective

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GlaxoSmithKline said the new vaccine to protect against cervical cancer could offer wider resistance to the disease than previously thought, according to new data released yesterday. GSK say that the vaccine, called Cervarix, appeared to be effective against viruses causing 82% of cervical cancer cases following the latest trial among 700 women.

World Malaria Report 2005 Published

Roll Back Malaria

The World Malaria Report was published on 3 May. It is a comprehensive effort by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to take stock of where the world stands in relation to one of its most devastating diseases. It reveals that the tide may be beginning to turn against malaria as control and prevention programmes start to take effect.

Bio Ventures for Global Health Welcomes Advance Market Proposals

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Bio Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) aims to accelerate the development, distribution and accessibility of biotechnology products that address diseases of the developing world. BVGH seeks to break traditional barriers to development, bridging the gap between biotechnology's immense promise and the enormous unmet health needs of the developing world.

Majengo Vaccine Trial Ended

Efforts to salvage the "Majengo" vaccine - the vaccine candidate based on the apparent natural immunity of prostitutes in Kenya's Majengo slums - are ending, following a continued lack of success.

See full article in AllAfrica.com.

A buyback to resolve Nigeria's debt problem

Debt relief and African poverty are firmly on this year’s global agenda, most recently from the Tony Blair-sponsored Africa Commission. But little attention is going to the big elephant in the room: Nigeria.

Even with its oil wealth, Nigeria’s debt burden is enormous given its huge population of 130 million and its extreme poverty—average income is just $330 per year. Increasingly vital to Western energy security, Nigeria is also a worrying source of transnational security threats, including Islamic radicalism, disease, drug trafficking, and international crime.

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