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).
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ICRC AppealsÂ 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…
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 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.
The U.S. military will end its formal earthquake relief mission in Haiti on June 1, but some assistance will continue after that, Lieutenant General Ken Keen said on Monday, Reuters reports.
The Department of State on Wednesday announced it is opening a “new office on hunger and food security,” Politico’s Laura Rozen writes on her blog.
Also In Global Health News: Hunger In Niger; Angola Doctor Shortage; Malawi HIV Transmission Law; Guinea Worm; Infant Mortality In India
U.N. Needs $133M To Combat Hunger In Niger “The U.N. says it needs $133 million to fight hunger in Niger after poor rainfall and harvests have led to serious food shortages in the West African nation,” the Associated Press/Globe and Mail reports (4/7). According to Reuters, “The requested funds would…
European Commission Rolls Out New Food Security Policies; Agricultural Research Conference Concludes
The European Commission (EC) recently announced that it has adopted two new policy frameworks “to help developing countries address food security in emergency and long-term situations” and has called upon member nations to implement similar policies, IRIN reports.
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…