The November 2012 issue (.pdf) of the Global Health Diplomacy Network’s (GHD-NET) Health & Foreign Policy Bulletin is now available online. Among other topics, the issue examines antiretroviral drug adherence among conflict-affected and displaced populations, discusses non-communicable disease control and prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean, and highlights UNAIDS’ World AIDS Day report: Results (November 2012).
Health In Emergency Situations/Humanitarian Assistance
In its annual appeal, the U.N. on Tuesday asked “governments and private donors for a record $7.4 billion next year to provide 50 million people worldwide with food, clothing and other urgent humanitarian aid,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (11/30).
Time For U.S. To ‘Curtail Our Foreign Aid’ “At this critical time when we are concerned about our country’s financial well being it is imperative that we curtail our charity to others,” Bradley Blakeman, deputy assistant to former President George W. Bush and professor of politics and public policy at…
Also In Global Health News: Discrimination Of HIV/AIDS Patients In China; International Charity; Violence In Afghanistan; Children’s Health In S. Sudan; Health Care Rationing
China’s Ministry Of Health To Introduce Policies, Measures To Decrease Discrimination Against Patients Living With HIV/AIDS At Hospitals Hao Yang, China’s deputy director of the disease prevention and control bureau under the Ministry of Health, during a forum on Wednesday, “vowed … to introduce policies and measures to curb discrimination…
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday “called on the U.N. Security Council to make combating sexual violence a ‘top priority'” during the opening of a two-day meeting of the 15-member Council on women, peace and security, Xinhua/People’s Daily Online reports (12/17).
The Haitian health ministry on Sunday said there had been 2,535 cholera deaths since the outbreak hit in mid-October, “dashing hopes the fatality rate might be beginning to taper off,” Agence France-Presse reports.
“Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 â€“ the deadliest year in more than a generation,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. According to global reinsurer Swiss Re, these disasters “caused $222 billion in economic losses in 2010 â€“ more than Hong Kong’s economy.”
“Nearly 260,000 people died in earthquakes, floods, typhoons, heatwaves, fires and landslides in 2010 â€“ the worst toll since 1976 â€“ compared with 15,000 last year, according to reinsurance company Swiss Re. Haiti and Pakistan stood out because of the massive death toll and millions of homeless, and the extent to which both countries tested the limits of international aid. In both countries, the collapsed infrastructure will take decades to rebuild, and the disasters likely set back development gains for generations,” IANS/Sify News writes in an article examining the fall out from the disasters in Haiti and Pakistan.
“More than four months after the worst flooding in Pakistan’s history, vast stretches of land are still under water in the province of Sindh, isolating many communities. … The world’s attention has long since moved on from the Pakistani flood story, but there are still more than 1 million people who remain displaced in Sindh alone, said U.N. humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos last Friday after touring the flood zone. Jackie Dent, a World Food Program spokesperson, said that although isolated outlying villages are becoming ‘few and far between as waters recede and access improves’ more are still being found,” TIME reports in an article looking at the effects of flooding and the prospects for recovery.
On Thursday, a food distribution voucher campaign that launched last Sunday, “hit all 16 fixed distribution points around the capital” of Port-au-Prince, CNN reports. “So far, 600,000 people affected by the devastating January 12 earthquake have been able to collect food under this plan, said Marcus Prior, spokesman for the United Nations World Food Programme. ‘We’re encouraged by the way the system is working to get food out into the city to those in need, but still have a long way to go,’ Prior said” (Basu, 2/5).