“Authorities in Pakistan’s Swat Valley have resumed vaccinating children for polio, an act once banned by Taliban militants, now beaten back by an army offensive,” the Associated Press reports.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
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Indian Health Officials Welcome Patent Rejections Of HIV/AIDS Drugs Reuters examines Indian health officials’ positive reaction to the recent decision by the country’s patent office to reject patent applications on two “life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs.” The decision, they say, will help to ensure patients living with HIV/AIDS have access to generic…
South East Asian Health Ministers Adopt Declaration To Improve Disaster Preparedness, Address Childhood Diarrhea
Health ministers from 11 member states in the WHO’s South East Asian region on Tuesday at the 62nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for South East Asia adopted the Kathmandu Declaration on Protecting Health Facilities from Disasters, which commits them to make health facilities better prepared for health emergencies, Republica reports.
After three years of negotiations, the U.N. General Assembly unanimously voted on Monday “to create a new, more powerful agency for women, in a move supporters hailed as a breakthrough for women’s equality and rights,” Reuters reports (Worsnip, 9/14).
“Road accidents, pregnancy and childbirth complications, suicide, violence, the AIDS virus and tuberculosis are the biggest killers of young people across the world,” according to a paper published on Friday in the journal Lancet, Reuters reports.
“Each year 1.2 million children under age 5 die from Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae B or Hib,” which cause pneumococcal disease and are preventable with vaccines, according to studies published Thursday in the journal Lancet, Reuters reports.
A new report from Oxfam and 62 other non-governmental organizations and health groups finds that international goals aiming to reduce child and maternal mortality rates are “desperately off track,” with four million babies around the world dying annually within 28 days of birth, Agence France-Press reports (9/13).
On Wednesday, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Lancet simultaneously published an editorial and an accompanying letter from 18 doctor association leaders to highlight the need for action at a December U.N. conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Reuters reports (Doyle, 9/16).
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NewsHour Examines Health Care In Tanzania PBS’ NewsHour is airing a three-part series from Sept. 15 â€“ Sept. 17 examining new models of health care delivery in Tanzania, which could provide a model for the rest of the world. The videos examine health worker shortages, the country’s program to fight…
Research into intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) found that one-third of malaria cases in African babies can be prevented by giving them regular doses of malaria drugs even if they have not contracted the disease, according to a Lancet study, published on Thursday, Reuters reports.