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World Medical Association Adopts Climate Change, Task Shifting Resolutions

At its general assembly in New Delhi, India, the World Medical Association (WMA), “a conglomerate of medical associations around the world,” approved a plan that aims “to minimise the risk of increased malnutrition deaths, diseases and injuries due to climate change,” IANS/Thaindian News reports (10/17).

Also In Global Health News: Asia-Pacific Reproductive Health; Developing Country Medical Waste Disposal; Draft Bill In Uganda; Diarrhea Deaths In China

China Calls For Asia-Pacific Countries To Focus On Reproductive Health “China has called on Asia-Pacific countries to attach greater importance to population and family planning and put more funds into the reproductive health and family planning programmes,” the Daily Times reports (10/19). Senior Chinese legislator Chen Zhili Sunday at the…

Opinions: Pragmatic Vs. Moral Approach To Health Care Access; Pres. Bush’s PEPFAR

Rights Advocacy Not The Best Approach For Global Health “[T]he global campaign to equalise access to healthcare has had a surprising result: it has made global healthcare more unequal,” William Easterly, a professor of economics at New York University and co-director of its Development Research Institute, writes in a Financial Times…

IMF Policies Harm Kenyan Health System, Report Says

According to a report released Tuesday, policies set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have restricted government spending on health services, “denying sick Kenyans access to drugs and quality healthcare,” Business Daily reports. The report — conducted by the Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa in collaboration with Kenya Aids NGOs Consortium (KANCO) and Results Education Fund — argues that “expenditure ceilings on public health spending imposed in the ‘90s as part of the conditions for disbursing financial support to Kenya have held back progress in the health sector by restricting the recruitment of medical professionals.”

Also In Global Health News: Ban Addresses Women’s Health; Afghanistan’s Health Services; PMI Africa Grants; Q&As

U.N. Secretary General Calls For Renewed Commitment To Women Worldwide U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for countries around the world to “renew their commitment to educate girls, end sexual violence, and provide access to modern birth control,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. Though Ban acknowledged some gains made…

News Outlets Examine East African Drought

Sky News examines the drought in East Africa, focusing on its impact in Kenya. In “[o]ne of the worst-affected areas,” 70 percent of the “herds of cattle and goats have died in the past year, threatening the survival of entire communities who depend on them for their food and income,” according to Sky News.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Comment Examines Efforts To Subsidize ACTs A Lancet comment examines an Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm) program to help countries procure subsidized artemisinin-based combination treatments (ACTs). The authors write though it is worth celebrating the recent advances in malaria prevention, “these successes cannot hide the fact that close…

SciDev.Net Examines African Network For Drugs And Diagnosis Innovation

SciDev.Net examines a recent conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where almost “300 researchers and health policymakers from across the continent” came together and approved a 2010-2015 business plan for the the African Network for Drugs and Diagnosis Innovation (ANDI).

BMJ News Examines Outcomes Of U.N. Human Development Index

BMJ News examines the results of the recent UN Human Development Index, which documents “people’s wellbeing in 182 countries and territories around the world.” The 2009 report reveals the wide disparities between developing and wealthy countries in the investment in health and health outcomes. “For example, a child born in a country that ranks low on the index,” like Niger, “can expect to live just over 50 years—17 years less than in a medium ranked country and 30 years less than in the highest ranked countries,” the journal writes.