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Gates Annual Letter Addresses Importance Of Innovation For Global Health, Agriculture

In his second annual letter, Bill Gates reflects on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work and the importance innovation will play in overcoming some of the world’s greatest challenges, including in global health and agriculture, the Associated Press/Wall Street Journal reports. “Gates says the foundation currently is backing 30 areas of innovation including online learning, teacher improvement, malaria vaccine development, HIV prevention, and genetically modified seeds,” according to the news service (1/25).

Also In Global Health News: Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis; Extreme Conditions In Mongolia

ICRC Appeals For Attention To Yemen’s Growing Humanitarian Crisis The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday appealed to countries participating in an international conference on Yemen’s threat to global security this week in London to also discuss the deepening humanitarian crisis the country is facing, the Associated Press/Taiwan…

Study Links Maternal Height To Children’s Health Outcomes

Malnutrition suffered during a woman’s childhood “can adversely affect the health of her children, Harvard researchers said Tuesday,” following the release of their study in developing countries, which “found that the shortest women were substantially more likely to have children who died at an early age, who were underweight or who failed to thrive, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical [Association]” (JAMA), the Los Angeles Times’ blog “Shots” reports.

Also In Global Health News: Developing Countries’ Drug Demand; GHI Event; Kenya’s HIV/AIDS Treatment; Zimbabwe’s 30 Years Of Independence; TB Project

Demand For Drugs In Developing Countries Will Continue to Grow, Report Finds “Drug sales may grow at least 5 percent worldwide in each year through 2014 as increasing demand in developing countries offsets price drops tied to generic competition, according to [the research company] IMS Health Inc.,” Bloomberg/Business Week reports.…

Reuters Examines Uneven Economic Growth, Welfare Programs In India

Reuters reports on the recent efforts by India’s government to expand welfare programs throughout the country: “Since helping the Congress party win re-election last year, welfare has fast become the government’s knee-jerk answer to policy dilemmas as it tries to ease food inflation, help growth trickle down to the poor, and win hearts and minds in” the country, the news service writes.

Media Report On Haiti Rebuilding Effort After Donor Conference

News outlets report on the implications and follow up after Wednesday’s donor conference to aid Haiti’s rebuilding effort. Newsweek: “The next big challenge is figuring out how to apply the raised funds to fix not just Haiti’s earthquake damage, but also the years of poverty and corruption that have plagued…