“A record 1.2 million people in low- and middle-income countries started antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS in 2009” â€“ a 30 percent increase from the previous year and a 13-fold increase in six years, according to a joint report released Tuesday by the WHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS, Reuters reports. In total, the report found that 5.25 million people received antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2009, three-quarters of them living in Africa (Migiro, 9/28).
U.S. Aid Mostly ‘Invisible To Pakistanis’ “The U.S. military has been working hard to provide flood assistance, but most of that is invisible to Pakistanis,” David Ignatius writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. TheÂ article examines the views of Pakistani flood victims, including criticism of their own government’s response: “And…
Also In Global Health News: Church On Contraceptives In Philippines; Russia’s HIV Epidemic; Floods In Nigeria; Niger Cash Payment Program; Aid To China
Catholic Church Critical OfÂ Filipino President’s Stance On Contraception Catholic Church representatives have criticizedÂ Filipino President Benigno Aquino’s support for contraception, the Associated Press reports. The Reverend Deogracias Yniguez of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines told AP, “The whole church is against it,” and Reverend Melvin Castro “said church officials…
Opinions: U.S. Food Aid; MDGs; Contraceptive Access, Technology; U.S. AIDS Funding; Foreign Assistance Reform
Food Aid Hindered Progress Of Democracy In Africa “The best way to help the millions of hungry people in countries that receive food aid get rid of their corrupt and incompetent rulersÂ â€“ and to ensure that their children will never go hungry in future â€” is to starve them now.…
BusinessDay reports that following last week’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) summit at the U.N. in New York, advocates “have called on rich nations to double their pledges to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, saying it desperately needs more money if the world is to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015.” According to the article, the advocates are concerned that the $40 billion maternal and child health initiative announced by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week at the summit “might divert money and attention from the Global Fund.”
‘Tiny Tax’ On Wholesale Currency Transactions Could Help Reach MDGs, Finance Global Fund In a Financial Times opinion piece, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) observes that “the global recession has made reaching [the Millennium Development Goals] and financing the Global Fund more difficult.” According to Stark, “a new approach” is needed.…
“African leaders said on Tuesday they could do more to meet U.N. goals to slash extreme poverty and urged stronger leadership among developing countries to tackle hunger and disease and attract investment,” Reuters reports in an article that examines the leaders call for African nations to take greater ownership of their development.
Secretary-General Opens U.N. Summit On MDGs With Appeal For World Leaders To Maintain Target Commitments
On the first of the three-day U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appealed “to the assembled presidents, prime ministers and kings to use their power to meet U.N. goals to help the world’s poorest by 2015,” the Associated Press reports.
Global Fund Head Repeats Appeal For Emerging Countries To Invest More In Fight Against AIDS, TB, Malaria
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Director Michel Kazatchkine on Thursday repeated his appeal for emerging countries to scale up their contributions to fight the three major diseases, Agence France-Presse reports.
More Nurses Could Help Address Global Health Woes “Almost every nation, regardless of its wealth and resources, faces a continuing shortage of nurses and an acute lack of nursing faculty available to educate more nurses. This dearth of practicing nurses and nurse educators is particularly critical in countries like Haiti…