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Measles Deaths Decline Worldwide By 78%, Experts Warn Against Complacency

Measles deaths fell from 733,000 in 2000 to 164,000 in 2008 – 78 percent – thanks, in part, to increased vaccination efforts that reached an estimated 700 million children, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S.-based Measles Initiative, Reuters reports.

New York Times Examines Aid To African Orphans

The New York Times looks at how aid is distributed to children who have lost parents in Malawi and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa and examines differing views on orphanages.

Also In Global Health News: Clean Water In India; Cholera In Kenya; Zuma, Gates Discuss HIV/AIDS; MDR-TB In Marshall Islands; Sanitation In Jakarta

News Outlets Examine Water Purifier Launched In India India’s Tata Group on Monday “unveiled a new low-cost water purifier, which it hopes will provide safe drinking water for millions and cut the toll of deadly diseases,” Agence France-Presse/mysinchew.com reports. The purifier, named the Tata Swach, was designed to run in…

FIFA Uses Soccer To Teach African Youth About HIV/AIDS, Other Issues

Ahead of next year’s World Cup of soccer tournament, FIFA on Saturday in Khayelitsha, South Africa, opened the first of an anticipated 20 centers in Africa aimed at educating the youth about HIV/AIDS and other social issues through the sport, the Associated Press reports (Jacobson, 12/5).

G8 Must Fulfill Pledges To Women And Children

“Making promises is one thing. Keeping them is another. If the G8 is really to deliver on and monitor the Muskoka Initiative – as it said it would last week – we must see it reported against in the 2012 G8 accountability report, with the gaps in aid information addressed,” Betsy McCallon, deputy director of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, writes on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” (6/2).

International Community Must ‘Fulfill Its Pledges’ To Haiti, Pres. Obama Says

President Barack Obama on Tuesday – a day ahead of the one-year Haiti earthquake anniversary – released a statement urging the “international community to ‘fulfill its pledges’ to aid ongoing earthquake recovery efforts,” The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Fabian, 1/11).

Lancet Series Examines Health Challenges In India

“Indians are growing richer, but they are also adopting unhealthy lifestyles that could take years off their lives and threaten economic growth,” according to an article published in Lancet Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports (1/11).

Researchers Look At Potential Benefits, Risks Of Exclusive Breastfeeding During First 6 Months Of Life

A review of existing studies on breastfeeding, published Thursday online in BMJ (British Medical Journal), suggests some findings that contradict the WHO’s 2001 recommendation that mothers “exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of their infants’ lives,” Nature News reports (Gilbert, 1/14). Researchers who conducted the most recent review “said babies fed only breast milk could suffer iron deficiency and may be more prone to allergies” and they said mothers could stop breastfeeding as early as four months, Agence France-Presse writes.