USAID’s Work In Asia: “In 25 countries across Asia, from Kazakhstan to Papua New Guinea, we work to support the success of emerging economies and help address the challenges of hunger and poverty. We do this not just by extending a helping hand, but sharing the hope of the American…
Also In Global Health News: Flooding In Namibia; IUD For PMTCT; Global Drug Trials; ASEAN, WHO Fight Dengue
Up To 400,000 People Affected By Flooding In Northern Namibia As many as 400,000 people in Namibia may be affected by severe flooding in the northern part of the country, according to authorities who are gaining access to hard-to-reach remote areas, News24 reports. This would be more people in need…
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in Istanbul opened the Fourth U.N. Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) “to discuss a new 10-year aid plan to help lift nations out of poverty,” Agence France-Presse reports (5/9).
Economists at a meeting of the World Economic Forum on East Asia called on governments to do more to meet the Millennium Development Goal targets, VOA News reports (Padden, 6/13).
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the launch of Dengue Day on Wednesday called on all sectors of society to unite in the battle against the disease, which has developed into a formidable threat to health in Asia, a press statement said,” Xinhua reports.
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday as part of an event marking ASEAN Dengue Day signed a new action plan aimed at fighting dengue in the region, the Jakarta Post reports.
International Representatives Discuss Whether To Add Chrysotile Asbestos To Hazardous Chemical Treaty
On Monday, representatives from 143 countries met in Geneva to discuss whether chrysotile asbestos “should be added to an international treaty regulating the trade in hazardous chemicals,” CBC Radio reports.
“Gender biased sex selection, widespread in many parts of Asia, has serious and profoundly debilitating effects on the mental and physical health of women, says a report by five United Nations agencies,” BMJ reports.
“Fifteen global and Chinese health experts are on a mission in Beijing and Shanghai to learn more about the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed 17 people and sickened 70 others, said Dr. Michael O’Leary, head of WHO’s office in China,” the Associated Press reports (Wong, 4/19). “The first human case…
The following is a summary of editorials addressing China’s response to the emergence of a new strain of bird flu, H7N9. Bloomberg Businessweek: “The H7N9 strain contains gene sequences that make it relatively effective, for a bird virus, at infecting humans and other mammals,” Bloomberg writes. However, “[t]his is no reason to…