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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.

More Than 2M Infants, Women Die From Childbirth Annually, Study Says

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.

Health Experts Examine Maternal Mortality In Africa At Conference

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.

Flooding In The Philippines Could Spread Infectious Diseases, Health Department Says

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.

Also In Global Health News: News Outlets Explore AIDS Vaccine Research; Chloroquine Resistance Unraveled; Authorities Contest Maternal Mortality Report

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…