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Trial Examines Method To Improve Maternal, Newborn Care

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Saving lives in childbirth: do we have a game changer? Mariam Claeson, director of the maternal, newborn, and child health team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Atul Gawande, surgeon, writer, and public health researcher; and Aparajita Ramakrishnan, deputy director of the…

During Travel To India, Bill And Melinda Gates Discuss Global Health Efforts

News outlets report on Bill and Melinda Gates’s visit this week to India. Hindustan Times: Bill Gates shares Modi vision of affordable toilets “Having stepped down as chairman and then turning to a ‘technology adviser’ for Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella, he now spends his time trying to save people…

India’s Poor Quality Drugs Being Sent To Africa, Research Shows

Bloomberg News: India’s Poor Quality Drugs End Up in Africa, Study Finds “Generic drugs that some Indian companies send to African countries are lower quality than the same medicines the companies sell at home and outside Africa, according to tests of 1,470 samples, researchers said. Two widely used antibiotics and…

Maternal Mortality Improves In Afghanistan Despite Poor Public Health System

Inter Press Service: Against All the Odds: Maternity and Mortality in Afghanistan “…Many women have no other option than to rely on public services, and the result speaks volumes about Afghanistan’s commitment to maternal health: some 460 deaths per 100,000 live births give the country one of the four worst…

Kashmir Flood Waters Threaten Risk Of Disease, Health Experts Say

Associated Press/The Guardian: People of Kashmir face risk of serious disease in wake of devastating floods “The floodwaters are finally receding in much of Kashmir, but health experts worry a crisis could be looming with countless bloated livestock floating across the waterlogged region and hundreds of thousands of people living…

China Increases Ebola Efforts, Number Of Medical Workers In Sierra Leone

News outlets report on China’s support and commitment to help improve laboratory testing capacity for Ebola in Sierra Leone. Agence France-Presse: China ups its medics in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to 174 “China will send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the…

Number Of Hungry Drops By 100M, But 1 In 9 Still Undernourished, U.N. Says

News outlets discuss a new U.N. report on world hunger and food security. Agence France-Presse: 100 million people saved from hunger over last decade: U.N. “The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years, though one in nine are still undernourished,…

Dengue Cases In Japan Show International Travel Likely Spreads Virus

Bloomberg News: Dengue Fever in Japan Shows Global Spread Through Travel “When Japan identified its first local case of dengue in 70 years last month, it became the latest in a string of countries to battle the tropical fever. The most likely importers of the disease: international travelers…” (Matsuyama, 9/15).

Additional Assistance Announced For West African Nations’ Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on several announcements of additional international assistance for the West African Ebola outbreak. Reuters: AfDB offers $150 million to help West Africa handle Ebola fallout: Le Monde “The African Development Bank (AfDB) told West African countries hardest hit by an Ebola epidemic they were willing to give…

USAID Investing In Start-Ups To Address Global Poverty

Los Angeles Times: USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems “To accomplish that goal [of ending extreme poverty], USAID has taken on the role of start-up incubator. The agency has launched development labs at seven major universities to draw students and faculty into collaborations aimed at building new approaches…