On Friday, UNICEF and the Kenyan government announced a partnership aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV by providing HIV-positive mothers with packs of medicines they can easily administer to themselves or their babies at home, IRIN/PlusNews reports. According to the news service, the “‘mother-baby pack’ contains antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and antibiotics that women can easily administer themselves at home to reduce the risk of infecting their babies and is colour-coded to make it easy to use even for illiterate mothers; each colour shows which drugs are to be taken during pregnancy, during labour and after delivery” (10/29).
White House Health Advisor Emanuel Visits U.S. Government-Funded Health Programs During 3-Nation African Trip
The global fight against malaria could cut prevalence rates of malaria to one in 20 fevers by 2017, Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Ezekiel Emanuel said in an interview in Senegal’s capital Dakar, Bloomberg reports.
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Sub-Saharan Africa To Receive Boost FromÂ Maternal, Child Health Initiative Canada will announce Monday “the 10 countries that will get help from the government’s $1.1-billion maternal and child health initiative,” 80 percentÂ of which is slated for sub-Saharan Africa, the Postmedia News/Vancouver Sun reports. The majority of the money will go to…
Global Agriculture Production Must Increase 70% By 2050 And Adapt To Climate Change, FAO Report Says
Agriculture production worlwide need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet global food demands, yet “billions of dollars in additional annual investment” are required to meet this goal and reduce the negative effects on the environment, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report (.pdf) on Thursday, Reuters reports.
“Eliminating malaria can be achieved only with repeated investment over the long term and will require a major shift in policy and funding,” according to some experts, Reuters reports (Kelland, 10/29). The Associated Press reports that the feasibility of “eliminating malaria was examined in a series Friday in the Lancet. Experts analyzed issues like the practicalities of wiping out malaria and its financial costs” (10/29).
Global Fund Will Make ‘Every Possible Effort’ To Raise Additional Resources: Although pledges to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its recent replenishment meeting did not meet “the lowest estimate of demand,” the Fund “will make every possible effort to raise the additional resources that we…
Diplomacy, Development Need Equal Footing With Defense In a Foreign Affairs essay, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton writes of “the need to elevate diplomacy and development alongside defense â€“ a ‘smart power’ approach to solving global problems.” Clinton outlines the efforts underway â€“ from the hiring of new Foreign…
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Death Toll Rises From Two Disasters In Indonesia; Minister Says Aid Not Needed Yet The death toll from two recent disasters in Indonesia â€“ a tsunami and volcano eruptionÂ â€“ “rose to more than 340 Thursday” and hundreds were reportedly missing, theÂ Associated Press reports.Â According to an official, “a warning system installed…
A new report (.pdf) highlights concerns about donors, especially from Europe, following through on funding pledges for the G8’s $22 billion global food security fund, Business Daily reports (Odhiambo, 10/27).
Polio Vaccination Campaign Targeting 72M Children In 15 African Countries Announced; Ugandan Health Authorities Declare Polio Outbreak
The WHO on Tuesday announced a mass polio immunization campaign in 15 African countries targeting a total of 72 million children, Agence France-Presse reports. “Polio has spread again in recent years with cases imported from some of the four endemic nations in Asia and Africa, mainly Nigeria, in a setback to global attempts to eradicate the crippling and sometimes lethal disease,” the news service writes (10/26).