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Obama Announces $100M In Aid For Haitian Earthquake Recovery

At the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama “promised $100 million along with more American troops for the relief effort in Haiti, vowing that the United States would stand with the impoverished nation as it grappled with the devastation of its capital city,” the New York Times reports. According to the newspaper, Obama “said the financial aid was only a first installment and would grow over the coming year. ‘Help is arriving,’ he said. ‘Much, much more help is on the way’” (Cooper, 1/14).

Aid Begins Flowing Into Haiti, Up To 3M May Be Affected

“Aid started flowing into Haiti Wednesday in the wake of the earthquake that slammed the impoverished nation late Tuesday afternoon,” CNN reports. “One of two [U.S] military cargo planes carrying a 30-man assessment team arrived at Port-au-Prince airport Wednesday evening to assess Haiti’s needs.” The article outlines aid groups’ strategy for coordinating efforts and also lists countries’ contributions to relief efforts (1/14).

UNICEF Program Aimed At Curbing Deaths In West Africa Falls Short Of Goals, Study Finds

A $27 million UNICEF program that aims to decrease disease-related child deaths in West Africa did not meet its goal of reducing death rates by at least 25 percent at the conclusion of 2006, according to a Lancet study published on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. “The U.N. children’s agency pursued strategies like vaccinating children, giving them vitamin A pills and distributing bednets to protect against malaria from 2001 to 2005 in parts of 11 countries,” according to the article.

Also In Global Health News: Dengue Vaccine; Medicines For Poor; Gates New Ag Development Director; USDA Efforts In Afghanistan; Soccer And Malaria

Experimental Dengue Vaccine Shows Promise In Clinical Trial Of Adults An experimental dengue vaccine created by the drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis protected a group of healthy adults from all four strains of the virus, “bringing the drugmaker closer to providing the first vaccine against a disease that threatens 40 percent of the…

Also In Global Health News: Tajikistan Earthquake; WHO Head Marks 2009 Milestones; Mexico Health Program; Dry Toilets; Kenya HIV Testing

About 20,000 People Homeless After Tajikistan Earthquake, Officials Say “Tajikistan officials say about 20,000 people have been left homeless after an earthquake rocked the impoverished central Asian nation” on Saturday, VOA News reports. The quake severed electrical supplies and communications in affected areas, officials said (1/3). A regional spokesperson for…

AP Series Examines Worldwide Impact Of Drug Resistance

The Associated Press reports on how the misuse of drugs worldwide has contributed to drug-resistant diseases in a series of articles following a six-month investigation by the news service. The AP examines growing resistance to HIV drugs: “Ten years ago, between 1 percent and 5 percent of HIV patients worldwide…

Independent Examines Diseases That Jump From Animals To Humans

The Independent examines the expansion of human diseases that originated in animals. “At least 45 diseases that have passed from animals to humans have been reported to U.N. agencies in the last two decades, with the number expected to escalate in the coming years,” the Independent writes.

CDC Aims For Improved Efficiency, Increased Support Of Science

Changes “aimed at increasing the agency’s efficiency and making it more user-friendly” include combining “the work of the malaria branch, the epidemiology program and HIV/AIDS efforts” under the newly formed Center for Global Health, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to the Federal Register, where the changes were outlined, the CDC’s Coordinating Center for Global Health will now be titled the Center for Global Health.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Piece Highlights Positive Results Of PEPFAR In Mozambique In a Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece, a group of “PEPFAR-implementing partners” in Mozambique counter a previous piece published in the journal that says there is “abuse” of PEPFAR money in the country. The authors contend that…