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Drought, Food Shortages Lead Guatemala To Declare ‘State of Public Calamity’

“Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared ‘a state of public calamity’ late Tuesday to help mobilize funds and resources to confront a food shortage that will affect thousands of families,” the Associated Press reports (9/9). During a nationally televised address, Colom said the declaration “will help us access resources from the international community” and will expedite the mobilization of national resources, making it easier to get food to the families who are in dire need, according to CNN.

Also In Global Health News: PEPFAR In Swaziland; GSK HIV Patent Pool; Pediatric ARVs In Uganda; PNG Declares Health Emergency; Israeli, ECOWAS Agreement; Somali Children

PEPFAR Donates Computers To Swaziland’s Ministry of Health PEPFAR on Wednesday donated eight computers to Swaziland’s Ministry of Health to aid in the country’s ability to track the progress of the nation’s HIV/AIDS programs, the Swazi Observer reports. According to the newspaper, the computers will be distributed to regional clinics…

Also In Global Health News: India Drug Patent Rejection; Iranian Female Health Minister; Hunger In North Korea; Rape In The Congo; Female Condom Deal; MDGs In Uganda; GSK Patent Pool

Indian Health Officials Welcome Patent Rejections Of HIV/AIDS Drugs Reuters examines Indian health officials’ positive reaction to the recent decision by the country’s patent office to reject patent applications on two “life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs.” The decision, they say, will help to ensure patients living with HIV/AIDS have access to generic…

Newspapers Examine Drought, Famine In East Africa

According to Canada’s National Post, a humanitarian coalition “warns East Africa faces ‘a perfect storm of crop failures, a multi-year lack of rain, conflicts and political turmoil,’ which now threatens 20 million people with severe hunger.”

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Clinical Infectious Diseases Examines Relationship Between HIV, Nutrition, Food Insecurity “Despite calls from national and international organizations to integrate HIV and nutritional programs, data are lacking on how such programs can be effectively implemented in resource-poor settings, on the optimum content and duration of nutritional support, and on ideal target…

Financial Times Articles Examine Global Health Issues

The Financial Times’ health section published several global health reports that “focus on the diseases and healthcare issues that affect millions but are often absent from the health debate in rich countries.”

International Community Observes World Water Day

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Thursday “launched a call for urgent action to end the crisis of 2.5 billion people without basic sanitation, and to change a situation in which more people worldwide have mobile phones than toilets,” the U.N. News Centre reports (3/21). Noting “[t]he move is part…

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