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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…

Guardian Examines Africa’s Health Worker Shortage

The Guardian’s “Katine Chronicles” blog examines the global shortage of health workers. According to the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DfID), more than 50 countries have a “critical shortage” of health workers and Africa needs an additional 800,000 health workers by 2015. “Of the 34 countries furthest behind in their quest to meet the [Millennium Development Goals], 22 are classed as ‘fragile states,’ countries in which the government is unable or unwilling to deliver basic functions to the majority of its people. Health worker shortages are particularly acute in these countries,” the blog writes. The world has a shortage of 350,000 midwives, according to Frances Day-Stirk of the Royal College of Midwives.

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.

WHO Director-General Turns Attention To Conditions In Slums To Mark World Health Day

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said addressing living conditions in the world’s slums is important to improving urban health – the focus of World Health Day on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports. “By 2030, six out of 10 people will be city dwellers, rising to seven out of 10 people by 2050, with explosive growth in Asia and Africa, according to Chan,” the news service writes (4/7).

World Bank Commitments During Economic Crisis Reach All-Time High

The World Bank on Wednesday announced it “has committed a record $100 billion in financial support over the past 18 months to help developing countries recover from the global economic crisis,” Reuters reports.

“The bulk of the lending since the onset of the crisis in 2008, about $60.3 billion, was to middle-income countries, which struggled to borrow on global financial markets. Typical lending for these countries had averaged about $15 billion a year before the crisis,” the news service writes. “Meanwhile, loans and grants through the Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries reached $21.2 billion during the crisis … compared to about $12 billion a year prior to the crisis” (Wroughton, 4/8).

Also In Global Health News: Iraq’s Health System; HIV Travel Restrictions; India Cholera Vaccine; HIV/AIDS Prevention In Indonesia; U.S. Federal Quarantine Regulations

IRIN Examines ‘Long And Complicated’ Process To Developing Iraq’s Health System IRIN examines how decades of conflict in Iraq have stymied development of the country’s health system. The piece includes comments by Iraqi Health Minister Salih al-Hasnawi, who describes the process of “developing [the country's health facilities] to reach international…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Community Groups Offer Cost-Effective Mechanism For Reducing Maternal Mortality “Achieving the [Millennium Development Goal] MDG 4 target of reducing newborn and child mortality will require concerted efforts to scale up evidence-based interventions, especially community-based preventive and therapeutic strategies in primary care,” according to a Lancet comment that reflects on the challenges associated…