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Pres. Obama, Indian PM Singh Announce Partnership To Improve Global Food Security

During a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, President Barack Obama announced a new partnership between U.S. and Indian agriculture sectors to help improve food security globally, Press Trust International/Livemint.com reports (11/8). India is the first country on Obama’s 10-day Asia-Pacific tour that began Saturday, IST/Reuters/Economic Times reports (11/7).

Kenya First Of Four Countries To Launch UNICEF, Partners Initiative Aimed At PMTCT Of HIV

On Friday, UNICEF and the Kenyan government announced a partnership aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV by providing HIV-positive mothers with packs of medicines they can easily administer to themselves or their babies at home, IRIN/PlusNews reports. According to the news service, the “‘mother-baby pack’ contains antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and antibiotics that women can easily administer themselves at home to reduce the risk of infecting their babies and is colour-coded to make it easy to use even for illiterate mothers; each colour shows which drugs are to be taken during pregnancy, during labour and after delivery” (10/29).

Delegates From Nine African Countries Discuss Health Information Systems

Nine southern African countries and donors have gathered in Namibia for the second regional leadership in Health Information Systems (HIS) meeting to discuss “how recipient countries should take ownership of these systems,” New Era reports (Sasman, 10/26). Participant countries “will work together to develop country specific strategies to strengthen their national HIS and prepare a country-led action plan,” writes the Southern Times. More than 100 delegates representing Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are expected to attend from ministries of finance, health, science, information and statistics bureaus (Nashuuta, 10/22).

ECSA Forum Kicks Off Monday With Discussion On Effects Of Funding, Health Worker Shortages On MDGs

“Officially opening the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) forum on best practices and joint consultative meeting on Monday, [Zimbabwe Minister of Health and Child Welfare Henry] Madzorera said the shortage of health workers and the growing burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases had slowed down progress” toward achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), NewsDay reports.

Also In Global Health News: Synthetic Blood Development; HIV In Mozambique; Health Care Access In India; Health Care Workforce In Low-Income Countries

Los Angeles Times Examines Challenges, Potential Benefits Of Developing Artificial Blood The Los Angeles Times examines scientists’ efforts to develop synthetic blood substitutes, writing that many attempts have “failed to meet rigid safety standards.” The WHO “estimates that 44% of women who die in childbirth succumb to blood loss” in sub-Saharan…

Also In Global Health News: PEPFAR-Supported Programs In Uganda; Cholera In Nigeria; $275M For Jordan’s Water Supply; Recovered Global Fund Money In Uganda; Maternal Health In India; Malnutrition In Yemen

PEPFAR Awards $250M To Uganda For HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention Programs The U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has provided “eleven new awards [which] amount to a quarter of a billion dollar investment over five years” to Uganda “in support” of the country’s HIV/AIDS response, a U.S. Mission press release states (10/21). Uganda’s…

Opinions: U.S. Aid For Haiti Delays; U.S. Medical Education Initiative

Sen. Coburn On Haiti Aid Delays In a Washington Examiner opinion piece, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) writes about U.S. aid to Haiti and addresses allegations that he is holding up funding: “The situation in Haiti is confusing, but there are some things we know. First, we know that immediately after the earthquake…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Progress, Challenges In Curbing Neglected Tropical Diseases: “The effect of 30 years of neglect for these diseases in research and development of new diagnostics and drugs, and, crucially, in investing in training and education in vector-borne diseases, is evident. Most current drugs for neglected tropical diseases are old, and the…

WHO Western Pacific Meeting To Address Maternal Health, Rise In Dengue

Maternal health and dengue fever are among the issues that will be discussed at the 61st session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, Bernama reports. The meeting, which will take place this week in Malaysia, will be attended by 21 ministers and health officials from 33 countries in the region. WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific Shin Young-Soo spoke at a press conference Sunday ahead of the meeting (10/10).

Also In Global Health News: Haiti Camps, Rebuilding; UNDP Administrator Interview; Zimbabwe’s Health Sector; Documentary Screening On World AIDS Day; Mental Health In Developing Countries

Report Examines Life In Haiti’s Camps; Companies Hire Lobbyists To Petition Congress For Rebuilding Funds A recent Refugees International report found that more than “70 percent of camps in Haiti, home to an estimated 1.3 million earthquake victims, lack proper international management nearly nine months after the disaster, leaving them at increased risk of…