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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…

Recent Releases In Global Health

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…

China Responds To 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake

China is responding to a major earthquake that injured thousands of people Wednesday in the country’s Tibetan region, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the initial earthquake at a magnitude of 6.9, the news service reports.

Opinions: Health And Living Conditions; H1N1, One Year Later; Global Water Shortages

Better Living Conditions Can Improve Health Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford write in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece about the need to “address the constant crisis families face daily in deplorable living conditions.” The authors reflect on several health problems associated with unsanitary and crowded living…

SciDev.Net Examines USAID’s Science Diplomacy Efforts

“The U.S. government’s international development agency is stepping up its focus on science and technology with a key appointment intended to enhance the agency’s programmes in the Middle East and bolster the Obama administration’s push for science diplomacy,” SciDev.Net reports.

Study Finds Overall Increase In Developing Country Domestic Health Spending, Some Countries Have Reduced Health Budgets As Donor Funding Increases

Researchers on Friday released a study in the Lancet that found while “[m]ost countries in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East doubled their health budgets,” countries in sub-Saharan Africa appear to have trimmed their health spending as donors have boosted their health aid, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.

Dubai Conference Calls For More Coordinated Approach To Global Health

Marking the conclusion of the three-day Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development (DIHAD) conference Tuesday, conference attendees called for humanitarians to adopt a more coordinated approach to tackling global health needs, the National reports. “Speakers, including health professionals and officials from international organisations, stressed the need to share medical knowledge and innovations during a crisis, citing the recent Haiti earthquake,” the newspaper writes.

AP Examines Anticipated Changes To U.S. National Security Strategy, Use Of Health Diplomacy

The Associated Press looks at some anticipated changes to the “National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventive war.” The article focuses on the prospective strategy changes, but notes that the “revisions are part of a larger effort about which the White House talks openly, one that seeks to change not just how the U.S. talks to Muslim nations, but also what it talks to them about, from health care and science to business startups and education.”