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IRIN Examines MSF’s Concerns Over U.S. Food Aid For Malnourished Children Under Age 2

IRIN examines the recently launched 1,000 Days campaign and concerns expressed by Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) Emi MacLean that most of the $2 billion the U.S. spends on food aid is for corn soya blend, which lacks animal-source food and is not ideal for children under age 2 or children who are moderately malnourished.

Guardian’s Katine Project Coverage Concludes

The Guardian concluded its three-year Katine project in north-eastern Uganda, which “tracked the implementation of a development project focusing on five aspects of deprivation: health, education, water and sanitation, livelihoods and governance,” the newspaper writes. Together with the help of Barclays, Guardian readers, Amref and CARE International, the newspaper covered “an extraordinary picture of the ups and downs, strains and stresses of a development project” (Bunting, 10/30).

Recent Releases In Global Health

New This Week In The Kaiser Global Health Policy Tracker: The President’s Malaria Initiative announced a new focus country and USAID released a new fact sheet on the agency’s reform initiative. Kaiser’s Policy Tracker provides a timely single reference point for the latest information on congressional and administration action on global health. Strengthening…

Also In Global Health News: Preventing Bioterrorism; Condom Use In Thailand; Stunted Growth Among Nepalese Children; Measles Vaccination In Ghana; BBC Apologizes For Live Aid Reports

Lugar, Pentagon Officials Head To Africa For Laboratory Inspections In a Foreign Policy blog post, David Hoffman reports that Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and several Pentagon officials will travel to Kenya and Uganda this week to inspect laboratories that “are working on infectious disease diagnosis and treatment; the concern is that…

Also In Global Health News: WFP In North Korea; Maternal Health In Indonesia; Possible Vaccine Contamination; GM Mosquitoes In Malaysia; Mobile Micro-Insurance In Kenya

World Food Programme Director Visits North Korea, Tours Food Factory U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran and former U.S. Special Envoy Jack Pritchard arrived in North Korea Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports (11/2). The visit is WFP’s “first top-level visit to the communist country in nearly 10 years,” the…

Malaria Drug Artesunate Found More Effective Than Quinine At Preventing Severe Falciparum Malaria Deaths In Children, Study Says

Researchers found that the death rate among children diagnosed with severe falciparum malaria was almost one-fourth lower when they received the drug artesunate rather than the standard treatment of quinine, according to research which was presented at the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene over the weekend and published Monday in the Lancet, HealthDay News/U.S. News and World Report writes. The results have the potential to change the WHO’s malaria treatment recommendations for children, according to the article (11/6).

World Lung Foundation Report Highlights Prevalence Of Acute Respiratory Infections Worldwide

Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) – such as influenza, pneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – cause 4.25 million deaths each year often among young children in developing countries, according to the Acute Respiratory Infections Atlas, which was released on Tuesday by the World Lung Foundation, Reuters reports (11/9).

mHealth Alliance Annual Summit Kicks Off With $1M HP Donation, Discussion Of Improving Maternal, Child Health

The mHealth Alliance on Monday at its summit in Washington, D.C. “announced a two-year $1 million aggregate donation from HP” aimed at furthering the alliance’s goal of delivering quality health care “at the furthest reaches of wireless networks and mobile devices,” mobihealthnews reports. HP now joins the U.N. Foundation, the Vodafone Foundation, PEPFAR and the GSM Association as a founding partner of the alliance (Dolan, 11/8). mHealth Alliance Executive Director David Aylward said of the donation in a press release: “HP’s financial, technical and project support to mHealth Alliance initiatives significantly expands our ability to catalyze the partnerships, solutions, and sustainable deployments of mobile technology that can enable healthier lives for all, especially in the developing world” (11/8).

African Ministerial Conference Concludes With Health Priority Commitment

Health and environment ministers from at least 46 African countries concluded the Second Inter-Ministerial Conference on Health and Environment in Africa in Luanda, Angola on Friday, “with the adoption of the ‘Luanda Commitment,’ which lists the continent’s health and environment top priorities in the years ahead,” PANA/Afrique en ligne reports.

GAVI Says Pentavalent Vaccine Price To Fall, But $3.7B Still Needed To Vaccinate Children In Developing Countries

The average price of a vaccine that protects children against five diseases is expected to “drop to $2.58 next year compared to the current average price of $2.97,” the GAVI Alliance said Friday, Reuters reports. The group credits the expected price decline, which “represents a decrease of 30 percent over the last seven years,” in part to an “increased demand for the pentavalent, or five-in-one vaccine,” according to the news service (Kelland, 11/26).