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MDG Targets Still Attainable Despite Setbacks From Global Economic Situation, U.N. Report Says

Efforts to curb poverty worldwide have been slowed by the global economic situation, but the developing world is still on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of people living on less than $1 per day by 2015 – according to an annual U.N. report (.pdf) on the MDGs, which this year shows a “mixed picture” on reaching all eight targets – the Associated Press reports (Lederer, 6/23).

Mixed Progress On MDGs, Additional Advancement Still Possible, Report Says

Poverty rates in 10 African countries have been halved over the last two decades, while child mortality rates have gone up in six sub-Saharan African countries, according to a report (.pdf) from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the U.N. Millennium Campaign, which emphasized that progess towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is possible, the Associated Press/St. Petersburg Times reports (Straziuso, 6/22).

Opinions: Canada’s Role In Global Health; Drug Licensing Agreements Promote Drug Access; Funding For USAID, State; Haiti

Canada Must Lead To Ensure Robust Efforts In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria After outlining the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, the organization’s executive director, highlights the role Canada can play in determining “whether the world can overcome AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria”…

Media Examine GHI, U.S. HIV/AIDS Funding

PBS’ NewsHour’s “The Rundown” blog examines the recent naming of eight countries to receive additional technical and management resources under President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Also In Global Health News: WHO Scraps Drug Development Group; Access To Medication In Philippines; Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage; HIV-Positive Employee Protection

WHO Scraps Old Drug Development Group, Creates New One Lancet World Report examines how “[d]isappointment over a long-awaited report on improving drug research and development for neglected diseases” led the WHO to form a new Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) to strategize around drug research and development. The formation of…