A report, released Tuesday, from Oxfam International and Health Action International says the EU is putting big drug companies’ interests ahead of “millions of people” in developing countries who do not have access to essential medicines, Agence France-Presse reports (10/20).
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As HIV Vaccine Conference Opens, Experts Appeal For Sustained Commitment To Global Fight Against Disease
Experts gathered for the start of a four-day conference on HIV vaccines in Paris called upon donors to maintain their funding support for the fight against HIV/AIDS despite the global economy, Agence France-Presse reports.
Also In Global Health News: Asia-Pacific Reproductive Health; Developing Country Medical Waste Disposal; Draft Bill In Uganda; Diarrhea Deaths In China
China Calls For Asia-Pacific Countries To Focus On Reproductive Health “China has called on Asia-Pacific countries to attach greater importance to population and family planning and put more funds into the reproductive health and family planning programmes,” the Daily Times reports (10/19). Senior Chinese legislator Chen Zhili Sunday at the…
Fewer abortions are taking place worldwide because of increased contraceptive use, a study by the Guttmacher Institute has found, Reuters reports. The study also indicates that 20 million “unsafe abortions, mostly in poorer countries and often carried out by the women themselves using inappropriate drugs or herbal potions, or by untrained traditional healers,” still occur each year and kill 70,000 women.
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.
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.
Also In Global Health News: Carter Promotes Malaria Eradication; India To Educate Tribal Populations About HIV/AIDS; WFP Feels Impact Of Global Recession
Carter Visits Haiti, Dominican Republic To Promote Efforts To Eradicate Malaria Former President Jimmy Carter is traveling to Haiti and the Dominican Republic in hopes of encouraging the country “leaders to forge a pact to rid the island of Hispaniola of malaria,” the Associated Press/Los Angeles Times reports. “An estimated…
Health Officials Spray Indonesian City To Prevent Diseases; News Outlets Examine Other Natural Disasters
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.