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Also In Global Health News: New U.N. Drug Czar; Measles Vaccinations in China; Pakistan Flood Endangers Pregnant Women; Campaign Against Rape In Haiti

New U.N. Drug Czar Pledges Public Health, Human Rights Focus The new head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, took office on Monday and “pledged to focus on public health and human rights,” the Associated Press reports. A former Russian diplomat, Fedotov said in a statement, “Whether we…

Also In Global Health News: Health Workers In Zimbabwe; Boston Globe Examines Aid; Foreign Doctors In Haiti; Dengue In New Delhi; HIV Drug Resistance

American Health Workers Now Await Trial In Zimbabwe  Today, a Zimbabwean court released on bail four American citizens who were jailed and accused of dispensing AIDS drugs without proper licenses last week, the Associated Press reports. Six “health care workers,”  including a Zimbabwean and New Zealand national, were ordered to pay $200 bail,…

Also In Global Health News: Transparency In Pakistan; Malaria Origin; Health Workers In Zimbabwe

USAID, Transparency International Sign Agreement To ‘Ensure Transparency’ Funds To Pakistan USAID and Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) signed an agreement Wednesday to “ensure transparency and prevention of corruption in the utilisation of [a] $7.5 billion grant to be provided to Pakistan under the Kerry Lugar Bill,” according to Daily Times.…

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Lancet Editorial Makes Recommendations For Health-System Strengthening “There is strong consensus in the global health community, among donors, recipient countries, and policy makers, about the need for health system strengthening in low-income and middle-income countries,” write the authors of a Lancet Comment. The article recommends areas in health-system strengthening that…

Pakistan Floods Prompt Food Shortages, Devastate Farmland

Pakistanis in the northwest part of the country face “life-threatening shortages” of food after flooding has killed 1,400 and “devastated the lives of more than three million people,” Reuters reports. World Food Programme spokesman Amjad Jamal said, “People have lost their food stocks. The markets are not up and running. Shops have collapsed. People are definitely in the greatest need of food” (Ali, 8/4).

Also In Global Health News: U.N. Investigates DRC Rape Allegations; HIV Aid To Botswana; HIV Discrimination In Nigeria; Circumcision In Kenya; Testing Cancer Drugs For HIV

U.N. Sends Top Aides To Investigate Alleged Mass Rapes In DRC “The United Nations is investigating claims that rebel fighters raped more than 150 women and baby boys in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” the BBC reports. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “sending two top aides” to the country and “also urged…

Pakistani Officials Fear Cholera Outbreak After Massive Flooding

After floods in northwest Pakistan have “already killed up to 1,200 people” and forced 2 million from their homes, authorities are now concerned about disease spread, the Associated Press reports. “To avert the looming threat of spread of waterborne diseases, especially cholera, we have dispatched dozens of mobile medical teams in the affected districts,” said medical official Sohail Altaf. Altaf said no concrete cases of cholera have been reported in the country but “fear of an outbreak is high,” and patients with “stomach problems from dirty water” are being seen in medical camps (Brummitt, 8/2).

U.S. Boosts Aid Relief To Pakistani Flood Victims; U.N. Donors Meet About Funding

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) visited Pakistan on Thursday “to assess the damage and relief efforts” as flooding continues and millions remain in need of humanitarian aid, the New York Times reports. According to the newspaper Kerry “said the United States would increase its flood aid to $150 million” (Masood/Gall, 8/19).

Death Toll Expected To Rise As Flooding Subsides In Some Parts Of Pakistan

Pakistani government officials say the death toll from the country’s flooding stands at more than 1,600 and it could rise significantly as flood waters recede and more bodies are identified, CNN reports (8/28). “There is no official estimate of the number of missing because mass displacements have made accounting for them almost impossible,” according to Reuters (Haider, 8/29).