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‘Striking Improvements’ Toward MDG Targets, Progress Is Unequal, WHO Report Says

The WHO’s annual health statistics report, released Monday, found that global efforts aimed at achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets have led to “striking improvements” among goals related to child health, maternal mortality, malaria and HIV/AIDS, Reuters reports. But the “results mask inequalities between countries, and some nations’ progress had been slowed by conflict, poor governance or humanitarian and economic crises,” the news service writes (Kelland, 5/10).

Also In Global Health News: Laura Bush; Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill; Maternal, Child Health In Senegal; Birth Control; Zimbabwe’s Orphans Of HIV/AIDS

Former First Lady Laura Bush Comments On Global Health During Q&A With Politico Politico features a Q&A with former first lady Laura Bush, in which she reflects on her involvement with PEPFAR and the President’s Malaria Initiative, during her husband’s presidency, and her continued interest in the health issues facing Sub-Saharan Africa.…

New York Times Examines Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Several articles in the New York Times examine the global fight against HIV/AIDS. “Uganda is the first country where major clinics routinely turn people away” because of funding, the newspaper writes in an article that reports “money for [HIV/AIDS] treatment has stopped growing.” According to the newspaper, “American officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the financing freeze” in Uganda. The article explores reasons for the U.S. funding cap there, including corruption.

The New York Times notes that other countries in Africa have reported not being able to enroll new HIV patients into treatment programs. “I’m worried we’ll be in a ‘Kampala situation’ in other countries soon,” the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby said.

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WHO Bulletin Editorial Reflects On Health-Related MDGs Progress, Challenges After highlighting successes and failures of efforts to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an editorial appearing in the WHO Bulletin reflects, “[t]he variable progress achieved begs the question of the feasibility of the MDG goals and targets. … The MDGs…

Women’s Empowerment, Regional Integration, Malaria Prevention Discussed At WEF On Africa

On the second day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, Graca Machel, founder and president of the Foundation for Community Development, called on African governments to implement strategies aimed at empowering women in order to accelerate the continent’s social and economic development, Tanzania Daily News/allAfrica.com reports.

Also In Global Health News: Syphilis In China; HIV Vaccine Development; Tracking Malaria Outbreaks; Ecuador’s Maternity Law

Journal Perspective Piece Discusses Rising Number Of Syphilis Cases In China In 2008, almost 9,500 babies were born with syphilis in China, “a 12-fold increase over a five year period,” according to a New England Journal of Medicine perspective piece, the “China Real Time Report” blog reports, adding that the resurgence of the disease is…

CIDA Abortion Policy Won’t Change Despite Canada’s Abortion Position On G8 Initiative

As the the Canadian government prepares to focus on maternal and child health at the G8 meeting this summer, Julio Montaner, president of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and director of British Columbia’s Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said, “There cannot be a successful Maternal and Child Health Initiative, unless we…

U.N. Development Program Head Begins Four-Country Tour Of Africa To Promote MDGs

Over the weekend, U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark began a four-country tour of Africa “to highlight progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the run up to a Summit in September,” Tanzania Daily News/allAfrica.com reports. Clark will make stops in Tanzania, Mali, Burkina Faso and South Africa, where she will “meet with Heads of State and Ministers, as well as touch base with women leaders and members of civil society, and visit development projects,” the news service writes.

Also In Global Health News: Haiti Trade Deal; Grandmothers’ Summit On HIV/AIDS; Fighting Diarrhea; Public Health Messages Via Soap Operas; Child Health In Afghanistan

CQ Reports On Trade Deal To Support Haiti Congressional Quarterly reports of a “deal on legislation designed to boost the textile and apparel industries in earthquake-ravaged Haiti” that “is set to move quickly through both chambers.” According to the news service, the quake damaged “apparel factories and ports, both of which are vital to the…