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January 2011

Breakthroughs in research included in top health and science accomplishments of 2010

January 3, 2011 -- Several global health research breakthroughs were included in lists ranking health and science advances of 2010. For example, Science Magazine recently named the CAPRISA study—which provided the first ever proof of concept that a vaginal microbicide could safely and effectively reduce the risk of HIV—one of the top ten breakthroughs of last year. The US Agency for International Development (USAID), which supported the study, also listed CAPRISA as one of its top accomplishments from 2010. UN Dispatch included the CAPRISA study, as well as new research that found daily antiretroviral pills protect against HIV infection and the discovery of new antibodies that could be key to developing an HIV vaccine, as one of last year’s biggest global health stories.

A new meningitis vaccine was also listed as key global health accomplishment from 2010. The new vaccine costs 50 cents per dose and is the first vaccine to come out of a product development partnership (PDP), or a nonprofit organization with a mandate to research, develop, and support accessibility of new health technologies that target diseases disproportionately affecting developing countries. Both UN Dispatch and Blog 4 Global Health listed the new meningitis vaccine as one of the top health solutions from 2010.

In addition, Blog 4 Global Health listed a new tuberculosis diagnostic tool developed by the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and partners that provides highly sensitive detection of tuberculosis and drug resistance in low-resource settings as one of the key health accomplishments from last year. It also included a program launched by the Institute for OneWorld Health in Nepal and Bangladesh to develop a therapy for the neglected tropical disease visceral leishmaniasis. See the links below for more details.

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