More needs to be done to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and increase access to treatments for patients living with the disease, according to representatives from 24 Asia-Pacific countries attending a regional United Nations meeting in Bangkok this week, VOA News reports (Schearf, 3/30).
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India Census Data Reveal Gender Imbalance India’s child sex ratio declined to 914 females to 1,000 males, which is the lowest level since 1947, census data released on ThursdayÂ show, Agence France-Presse reports (3/31). “Despite laws banning expectant parents from doing prenatal tests to determine the gender of their unborn child,…
Nearly 30 years since researchers first described HIV/AIDS, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya, released a report (.pdf) assessing the global HIV/AIDS response, Agence France-Presse reports (3/31).
Ten years “since heads of state of African Union countries met in Abuja, Nigeria, and pledged to set a target of allocating ‘at least 15%’ of their annual budget to improve the health sector, only Rwanda and South Africa have reached the objective,” according to a recent WHO report, BMJ News reports (Zarocostas, 3/30).
In South Sudan, which is poised to become “the world’s newest country” in July, “90% of the population lives on less than $1 a day,” and the region is plagued by multiple systemic health issues as a result of years of war, Lancet Infectious Diseases Newsdesk reports.
Several health advocacy groups have submitted a letter [.pdf] to U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health Anand Grover “outlining their objections” to negotiations over a trans-Pacific partnership (TPP) agreement being negotiated by the governments of Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam, claiming that the agreement would inhibit access to low-cost medications in developing countries, BMJ News reports.
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Regional Urban Sanitation, Hygiene Workshop Opens In Rwanda A three-day regional workshop on urban sanitation and hygiene kicked off on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda, the New Times/allAfrica.com reports. The workshop, which is bringing together more than 60Â urban sanitation and hygiene professionals from several countries in the region,Â aims to “provide a…
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on Monday responded to the first results of a probe into the agency’s response to the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic, Agence France-Presse reports. While calling attention to where the external panel committee commended the agency’s actions, Chan also addressed the criticisms and recommendations issued in the draft report (3/28). Her comments came as the review committee held its “fourth and final public session” in Geneva to receive “feedback from countries and organizations on its preliminary report,” CIDRAP News reports (Schnirring, 3/28).
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After Concerns Of ForcedÂ Shutdown,Â AidÂ Group In Darfur Allowed To Resume Food Distribution The aid agency Catholic Relief Services “has been allowed to resume distribution of food in West Darfur, narrowly averting a shutdown of the programme” that would have potentially cut off 400,000 people from food rations, Reuters reports (Babington, 3/29).…
Up to one million people in Cote d’Ivoire have fled escalating violence in the city of Abidjan, Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a news briefing in Geneva on Friday, Reuters reports.