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Opinion Piece Calls For Enhanced U.S.-Russia Health Collaboration

While legislators in Moscow attempt to reform the Russian health system in a way that is “strikingly similar” to the reform process in the U.S. and “[g]iven the importance of the U.S.-Russia relationship … our two countries have a historic opportunity to expand our health collaboration and, in so doing, improve our diplomatic ties,” Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) board of trustees, writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece.

Also In Global Health News: West Africa Flooding; UNICEF Official Ordered To Leave Sri Lanka; South Africa Child Health Campaign; Rwanda Development; Southern Sudan At Risk For Epidemics; U.S. Training In Pakistan

Nearly 600,000 West Africans Affected By Flooding, U.N. Says The U.N. on Monday “sharply increased its toll of the number of people affected by floods in West Africa, putting the number at more than 592,000 in no less than 10 countries,” Agence France-Presse reports. Yvon Edoumou, a spokesperson for the…

South East Asian Ministers Gather At WHO Regional Meeting

South East Asian health ministers met on Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal, for their 27th meeting during the 62nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for South East Asia, Republica reports. During the four day meeting, health ministers from 11 member countries and other delegates will discuss a range of topics, including: health and climate change, measles, international health personnel recruitment policies, private sector engagement, the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund, polio eradication, public health innovation, counterfeit medical products and pandemic influenza preparedness.

Opinion: Local Drug Production In Developing Countries; Obama’s PEPFAR Changes

Local Drug Production Doesn’t Increase Access, Undermines Quality The international community focuses on lowering drug prices as a means of improving access and “today its idea is local pharmaceutical production … But while the German Government and other countries’ aid agencies are helping fund small firms in Africa, they have…

Over 2,800 People Worldwide Have Died From H1N1, WHO Reports

The WHO on Friday announced the H1N1 (swine) flu virus has killed at least 2,837 people – the result of an continued increase in the number of H1N1 cases worldwide, not the virulence of the virus, Reuters reports. “There is no sense that the virus has mutated or changed in any sense,” WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl said during a news conference (Nebehay/MacInnis, 9/4).

Congressional Delegation Visits Zimbabwe

Five members of Congress visiting Africa this week, on Thursday said the country’s unity government can bring “hope to the people of the impoverished African country,” RTTNews reports.