Blog: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Remains A ‘Sound Investment’ In view of World Humanitarian Day, a Huffington PostÂ blog discusses the “lessons” of disaster responseÂ and the global “proliferation of humanitarian crises.” First, the authors write that “the number of people affected by disasters is on the rise,” mostly due to conflict and…
The U.S. and other donor nations “significantly upped their pledges” of aid for the flooding in Pakistan during a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Thursday, in which the U.N. “appeared to [meet] its target of $460 million in immediate aid for flood-stricken Pakistan,” the Associated Press reports.
UNICEF estimates that about 3.5 million Pakistanis only have access to contaminated water, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday in a statement, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Approximately 2.5 million flood survivors now have access clean water (Gale, 8/26).
Current tools for combating malaria, such as artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) and increasing coverage of insecticide-treated bednets (ITN) “could dramatically reduce the burden of malignant malaria on parts of Africa if a comprehensive, sustained intervention programme were in place,” according to a study published this week in PLoS Medicine, CORDIS News reports.
“According to the study, half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria infection, and every year it claims the lives of nearly 1 million people in sub-Saharan Africa,” the news service adds. “Plasmodium falciparum, one of the species of Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans, is transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes that normally bite (and inject the deadly parasites) at night,” CORDIS News reports (8/11).
The Associated Press reports on a recent effort to use text messages to track the authenticity of antimalarials in Africa, where “more than 30 percent of malaria medicines are estimated to be fake.”
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Global Post Examines How Global Fund Impacts HIV Care, Human Rights In El Salvador Global Post examines how the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and MalariaÂ is impacting HIV/AIDS care and human rights in El Salvador. The article profiles Carla, a Salvadorian transvestite who tested positive for HIV in jail…
The Wall Street Journal examines GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) plan to share its database of compounds that could treat tropical diseases. The initiative will test how well “open-source principles work for developing new drugs,” the newspaper reports.
G8’s ‘Disappointing Track Record’ In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, columnist Barbara Yaffe writes aboutÂ the “disappointing track record of delivery on past G8 aid promises” in light of recent concern over Canada’s announcement that it will not fund abortionÂ in its G8 initiative. Yaffe includes several quotes from Julio Montaner, president…
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Infant From Tajikistan Is Russia’sÂ First Confirmed Polio Cases In 13 Years “Russia has confirmed its first polio case in 13 years in an infant visiting from Tajikistan, but there is no immediate threat of a wider outbreak, the country’s main public health body [Rospotrebnadzor] said Friday,” Reuters reports. “All the…
Pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and other infectious diseases account for more than two-thirds of the 8.8 million deaths in 2008 among children under age 5 around the world, according to a Lancet study published on Wednesday, HealthDay News/Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. The highest numbers of childhood deaths were in Africa (4.2 million) and Southeast Asia (2.39 million), according to the news service (5/11).