“A month ahead of the 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review summit at the United Nations, some women’s groups are voicing concern that member states’ commitment to women’s issues is insufficient and slowing progress towards gender parity worldwide,” Inter Press Service reports in an article that examines progress towards reaching women-centered MDGs.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Part Of U.S. Aid Package For Pakistan Will Be Redirected To Fund Flood Rebuilding, USAID Administrator Says
Part of the previously planned $7.5 billion U.S. aid package for Pakistan will be redirected to flood rebuilding projects, said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, the Associated Press reports. Shah also “warned that other nations would only contribute money if Islamabad could ensure it would be well spent.”
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Burkina Faso Boosts Sanitation Investment To Meet MDG Burkina Faso will build 55,000 latrines each year to “improve access to proper sanitation for the population from the present 10 percent to 54 percent by 2015,” Inter Press ServiceÂ reports.Â The health ministry highlighted that lack of access to toilets “leads to illness,…
Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week Sunday, the WHO together with UNICEF emphasized the importance of the agencies’ 10 steps to successful breastfeeding to improve health of infants and children around the world, VOA News reports (Schlein, 8/1).
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) visited Pakistan on Thursday “to assess the damage and relief efforts” as flooding continues and millions remain in need of humanitarian aid, the New York Times reports. According to the newspaper Kerry “said the United States would increase its flood aid to $150 million” (Masood/Gall, 8/19).
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Active TB “Genetic Signature” Found ResearchersÂ haveÂ identifiedÂ a “genetic signature” in the blood of active tuberculosis patients in the U.K. and South Africa that could one day lead to a test to predict who among latent carriersÂ might develop the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Reuters reports…
Pakistani government officials say the death toll from the country’s flooding stands at more than 1,600 and it could rise significantly as flood waters recede and more bodies are identified, CNN reports (8/28). “There is no official estimate of the number of missing because mass displacements have made accounting for them almost impossible,” according to Reuters (Haider, 8/29).
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Malaysia Considers GM Mosquito Release To Control Dengue Fever Malaysia is stillÂ “considering releasing”Â up toÂ 3,000 mosquitoes that are genetically modified to “combat dengue fever, in a landmark field trial that has come in for criticism from environmentalists,” Agence France-Presse reports. The insects are modified “so that their offspring quickly die,” which…
The Canadian government started rolling out its maternal health program in Africa as Minister of International Co-operation Bev Oda embarked on a seven-day visit to Mali and Mozambique, the Globe and Mail reports (York, 8/27).
Ahead of next month’s U.N. Summit in New York, a joint U.N.-NGO conference tracking the world’s progress toward reaching the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) kicked off in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday, ABC News reports (8/30).