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Lancet Series Examines Health Issues In South Africa

The journal Lancet published a series of articles examining health issues in South Africa, suggesting that “South Africa’s health system is failing women and children in particular, but that new leadership could solve many of the problems,” the Associated Press/msnbc.com reports.

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Lancet Infectious Diseases Features Reflection On ‘Abuse’ Of HIV/AIDS Money In Mozambique A Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece says while PEPFAR’s “investment of over $228 million into Mozambique in 2008 alone” resulted in “an exponential increase in the number of people on” antiretrovirals and exposed to prevention programs,…

Also In Global Health News: Cambodia’s Maternal Mortality; Drugs In Uganda; Cholera Risk In Zimbabwe; HIV Laws In Niger

Government Officials Plan To Address Maternal Mortality In Cambodia A lack of outreach by public health officials and rural villagers’ preference for traditional midwives have hindered efforts to reduce maternal morality in Cambodia, government officials said recently at regional conference, the Phnom Penh Post reports. Three local members of parliament…

Opinion: U.S. Global Health Strategy; Fighting Drought

U.S. Global Health Strategy Should ‘Encompass Holistic Solutions’ As the U.S. “works on a comprehensive global health strategy,” we need to “expand our thinking to encompass holistic solutions that go into improving the health of the world’s poor,” Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority leader and current member of the Millennium…

Nigeria, UNICEF Launch First National Child Health Week

UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, who visited Nigeria to launch the country’s first ever National Child Health Week, said an unacceptably high number of children in the country are dying from preventable diseases, and she called on Nigerian government officials to provide integrated healthcare, Xinhua reports.

Opinion: An ‘Integrated Approach’ To U.S. Global Health Aid; G8 Agriculture Investment

Global Health Aid Should Take An ‘Integrated Approach’ “As the health care reform debate unfolds domestically, we face an opportune moment to recalculate for the better how we maximize the success of our efforts abroad to strengthen global health,” Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority leader and current member of the…

Opinions: Maternal Mortality; Health System Strengthening

Columnist Sees ‘Dawn Of A Global Movement Against Maternal Mortality’ Columnist Nicholas Kristof examines maternal health in developing countries in his latest New York Times opinion piece. Kristof describes a Pakistani woman’s birth experience to illustrate the sort of “dramas” that “play out constantly in poor countries” where one “woman dies a minute…