BMJ News examines the results of the recent UN Human Development Index, which documents “peopleâ€™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 yearsâ€”17 years less than in a medium ranked country and 30 years less than in the highest ranked countries,” the journal writes.
Despite a government guarantee of free maternal health care, tens of thousands of pregnant women in India die from mostly “preventable causes,” according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, released on Wednesday, the BBC reports.
U.N. Appeals For $74M To Provide Emergency Assistance In The Philippines; Health-Effects Of Other Natural Disasters
Several news outlets published articles about the health-related effects in the aftermath of natural disasters around the globe: The U.N. on Tuesday launched an appeal for $74 million “to provide emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of two catastrophic typhoons that have struck the Philippines in less than…
Each year, more than 2 million infants and women around the world die from childbirth-related complications, according to a study released Tuesday at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics world congress in Cape Town, South Africa, the Associated Press reports. The study is published in the October issue of the federation’s journal.
Inter Press Service reports on a discussion among health experts at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics’ (FIGO) 19th World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Cape Town, South Africa, about maternal mortality rates in Africa.
The BBC examines the balance between funding for HIV/AIDS and for the broader health system and other diseases in Uganda.
Several news outlets continued to cover the health impact of the recent spate of natural disasters around the globe.
A BMJ News article examines a new WHO strategy, which calls for countries in the Asia Pacific region to “strive for universal access to health care.”
The Health Department in the Philippines “warned Monday of a possible spread of infectious diseases” in the capital of Manila, which has had the largest rainfall “in nearly half a century, according to the government weather bureau,” the New York Times reports. Rains have flooded “80 percent of this metropolis of 12 million people” and killed 240 so far. The government declared a “‘state of calamity’ in metropolitan Manila and 25 storm-hit provinces, including many that had not flooded before, allowing officials to use emergency funds for relief and rescue,” the newspaper writes.
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News Outlets Focus On Participants In AIDS Vaccine Study, Potential Impact Of AIDS Vaccine The Associated Press examines the role of the Thai participants in the recent clinical trial of an experimental HIV vaccine which showed modest potential for preventing infection. “Nearly 16,000 Thais ignored the false rumors that they…