BMJ News examines the results of the recent UN Human Development Index, which documents “peopleâ€™s wellbeing in 182 countries and territories around the world.” The 2009 report reveals the wide disparities between developing and wealthy countries in the investment in health and health outcomes. “For example, a child born in a country that ranks low on the index,” like Niger, “can expect to live just over 50 yearsâ€”17 years less than in a medium ranked country and 30 years less than in the highest ranked countries,” the journal writes.
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Despite a government guarantee of free maternal health care, tens of thousands of pregnant women in India die from mostly “preventable causes,” according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, released on Wednesday, the BBC reports.
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News outlets explore the health implications of natural disasters in Indonesia, the Philippines, Tonga, Samoa and India.
Business Day examines efforts currently underway in Africa to bolster the continent’s ability to develop new drugs and diagnostics.
The BBC examines the balance between funding for HIV/AIDS and for the broader health system and other diseases in Uganda.
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Researchers Tackle How To Capture ‘An Accurate Picture’ Of Maternal Death In order to meet the Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal deaths, “countries need an accurate picture of the causes and levels of maternal deaths,” write the authors of a WHO Bulletin editorial that describes the recent efforts by…
News outlets continue to mine through the findings of the U.N.’s 2009 progress report on HIV and AIDS.
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U.S. Food Aid Declines, Despite Two-Year 53% Funding Increase Although U.S. food aid funding has increased by 53 percent over the last two years, a Government Accountability Office report on Wednesday said that during the same time period, the “amount of food delivered to address emergencies abroad fell 5 percent,”…
A BMJ News article examines a new WHO strategy, which calls for countries in the Asia Pacific region to “strive for universal access to health care.”