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Lancet Examines Canada’s G8 Strategy For Maternal, Child Health Initiatives

A Lancet World Report examines the details of the Canadian government’s strategy for the G8 maternal and child health initiative and reactions from global health leaders and politicians to the plan, including the announcement during a meeting of G8 leaders Halifax, Nova Scotia, that the initiative would not support abortion.

CIDA Abortion Policy Won’t Change Despite Canada’s Abortion Position On G8 Initiative

As the the Canadian government prepares to focus on maternal and child health at the G8 meeting this summer, Julio Montaner, president of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and director of British Columbia’s Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said, “There cannot be a successful Maternal and Child Health Initiative, unless we…

Also In Global Health News: Haiti Trade Deal; Grandmothers’ Summit On HIV/AIDS; Fighting Diarrhea; Public Health Messages Via Soap Operas; Child Health In Afghanistan

CQ Reports On Trade Deal To Support Haiti Congressional Quarterly reports of a “deal on legislation designed to boost the textile and apparel industries in earthquake-ravaged Haiti” that “is set to move quickly through both chambers.” According to the news service, the quake damaged “apparel factories and ports, both of which are vital to the…

Opinions: Malaria Bed Net Concerns; Catholic Church’s Humanitarian Work; Abortion, Global Health; Foreign Aid Reform; Canada’s G8 Initiative

Problems With Bed Nets For Malaria Control “To date, millions of dollars from international agencies, NGOs and USAID have been spent to get treated nets into the hands of impoverished, sub-Saharan Africans [to prevent malaria]. … But, as even the staunchest advocate will admit, the treated nets were not designed with…

Canadian Leaders Focus On Hunger, Disease Prevention At G8 Meeting

G8 countries should make use of low-cost, effective tools to prevent hunger, disease and premature deaths among women and children in developing countries, Bev Oda, Canada’s international cooperation minister, said on Tuesday. Leaders defended Canada’s pledge not to fund abortions in the developing world.

Opinions: G8 Summit; World Malaria Day; Family Planning; Global Food Security Act

To Improve Maternal, Child Health, Focus On Improving Nutrition As G8 development leaders gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this week to discuss priorities for the upcoming summit, Josette Sheeran, executive director of the WFP, calls for world leaders to focus on the nutritional needs of mothers and children in developing…

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Lancet Editorial Argues Global Health Community ‘Too Complacent’ On Development Of An Effective, Affordable Malaria Vaccine   “What is still needed [to fight malaria] is the only tool that has ever truly conquered any infectious disease: an effective and affordable vaccine. And here, the global malaria community has been too complacent,” a…

Foreign Minister Says Canada’s G8 Maternal, Child Health Plan Will Not Include Abortion

At this summer’s G8 meeting, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will move forward with his “‘signature initiative’ on maternal and children’s health, despite disagreements with the United States and Britain over funding for abortion in the developing world, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon says,” the Globe and Mail reports (McCarthy, 4/4).