The world is on track to meet the poverty reduction target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but sub-Saharan Africa still lags behind, according to the World Bank’s World Development Indicators 2010 report, released Tuesday, VOA News reports (Hennessey, 4/20).
A group of health experts gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, to kick off a continental conference on maternal and child health, VOA News reports (Heinlein, 4/19).
Global funding for malaria reached $1.7 billion in 2009, a “ten-fold” increase since 2004, and the production of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) worldwide rose to 150 million last year, according to a report, released Monday, from UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership, which also highlighted the need for additional funding, Agence France-Presse reports (4/19).
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Maintain Funding Commitments To PEPFAR “The Obama administration’s new Global Health Initiative, designed to broaden and better integrate health programming overseas, deserves wide support. But stalling on global AIDS threatens to undermine the worthy goals of the initiative,” Chris Collins, vice president and director of public polity for the Foundation…
To succeed in efforts to reduce poverty in Africa, countries need to make disaster preparedness a priority in national development plans, Margareta Wahlstrom, U.N. deputy emergency relief coordinator, said Wednesday during the Second Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Africa, the Daily Nation reports.
Lancet PerspectiveÂ Offers Ethical Case For Pursuing Polio Eradication A Lancet perspective piece examines the ethical case for pursuing polio eradication, ahead of an anticipated announcement by the World Health Assembly next month to endorse an aggressive strategy to stop polio transmission. “In a world of limited and finite resources there…
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Dallas Morning News Examines UT Southwestern Medical Center TB Research The Dallas Morning News reports on the research of Tawanda Gumbo, a tuberculosis researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “Gumbo’s latest search has focused on the emergence of drug-resistant TB strains that require different medications to control…
“Dozens of countries are unlikely to meet” the Millennium Development Goal targets related to maternal and child health without a new strategy and an additional $20 billion each year, according to a report released Tuesday, the Canadian Press reports (Lederer, 4/14).
The Guardian’s “Katine Chronicles” blog examines the global shortage of health workers. According to the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DfID), more than 50 countries have a “critical shortage” of health workers and Africa needs an additional 800,000 health workers by 2015. “Of the 34 countries furthest behind in their quest to meet the [Millennium Development Goals], 22 are classed as ‘fragile states,’ countries in which the government is unable or unwilling to deliver basic functions to the majority of its people. Health worker shortages are particularly acute in these countries,” the blog writes. The world has a shortage of 350,000 midwives, according to Frances Day-Stirk of the Royal College of Midwives.
In Africa, Aid ‘Alone’ Won’t Relieve Poverty and Underdevelopment “There is a fashion that is half right in saying that aid is not the answer to Africa’s plight. Where it is wrong is that aid â€” especially focused on the killer diseases, like HIV/AIDS or malaria â€” saves lives and…