China’s Deputy Health Minister Yin Li on Tuesday said that public health cooperation between China and the U.S. can improve the health of both countries and be strategically significant to world peace and development, Xinhua/China View reports (7/29).
The U.S., WHO and representatives from 13 African countries on Monday launched an effort to boost the standards for quality medical labs on the continent, VOA News reports.
The New York Times profiles Pashtoon Azfar, the director of Afghanistanâ€™s Institute of Health Sciences, who works for a nonprofit group from Johns Hopkins University that focuses on women and childrenâ€™s health, and “also manages to serve as president of the Afghan Midwives Association.”
China’s $124 billion three-year “overhaul of its healthcare system needs to address the prescription of unnecessary drugs and treatments – a widespread practice relied upon to finance the medical sector, the World Bank said Thursday,” China Daily/People’s Daily Online reports.
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The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued an alert on Thursday “seeking donor help” to address the health situation in southern and central Somalia, “which has continued to deteriorate due to latest fighting in [the capital of] Mogadishu,” Xinhua reports.
When considering an overhaul of “the failure-plagued Afghanistan reconstruction program,” U.S. development officials are looking to Afghanistan’s health sector, “where more than $1 billion in international aid since 2002 has produced measurable results,” USA Today reports.
IRIN examines a Health Affairs report that found “one in four families living in the world’s poorest countries borrows money or sells assets in order to afford health care.”