CBSNews.com reports on the development of a dry, inhalable measles vaccine by researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder), who hope that their work will “help pave the way for the inexpensive treatment of a range of other illnesses” (Cooper, 5/5).
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
With 7.7M Child Deaths Expected This Year, Study Finds Global Child Deaths Falling Faster Than Expected
Researchers estimate that 7.7 million children under the age of 5 will die this year, an indication that global child deaths “seem to have fallen faster than officials thought,” according to a study, published online Monday in the Lancet, the Associated Press reports (Cheng, 5/23).
“Measles is making a rapid comeback in African, Asian and even some European countries despite being easily avoided through vaccination, the World Health Organization said Friday as countries pledged to sharply cut infections and deaths worldwide by 2015,” the Associated Press reports (Jordans, 5/22). On the final day of the 63rd Annual World Health Assembly, the assembly endorsed a series of interim targets towards the global eradication of measles, VOA News reports.
Also In Global Health News: Child Mortality In DRC; Low-Cost ARVs; Promoting Agriculture In Pakistan; Uganda’s HIV/AIDS Bill
Already High Child Mortality Exacerbated By Conflict In DRC The Associated Press/Washington Post examine how in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “ongoing rebel attacks and poor health care have produced a generation of mourning mothers and fathers, many of whom have lost more children than they are raising.” According…
Comprehensive Family Planning Approach Needed, Not Just ‘Contraceptive Dispensary’ In his latest New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof writes about the “unavailability of birth control in many poor countries,” noting some experiences from a recent trip to Africa. “So the pill, 50 years old this month in the United States,…
Lancet Examines WHO’s Policy Reversal On Drug Used To Prevent Post-Partum Hemorrhage A Lancet Comment reflects on a debate over the community-based use of the drug misoprostol in resource poor settings to help reduce post-partum hemorrhage, which according to the commentÂ is the most common cause of maternal deaths. Despite evidence…
From the 63rd World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, the Associated Press reports on what some “describe as a new strategy to get rid of” polio that focuses on developing solutions to “problems in each country, provides more WHO monitoring, like more teleconferences, and holds governments more accountable.” The plans also provide “[n]ew [polio] outbreak response plans,” according to the AP.
Also In Global Health News: Gates MoC In India; U.N. Aid Appeal For Mongolia; HIV Vaccine; U.N. Developing Database For Somalia; Kenya’s HIV/AIDS Indicator Survey
Gates Foundation Signs Cooperative Agreement To Improve Health Care In Indian State The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday signed a cooperative agreement with the Indian state of Bihar that “aims to improve and increase the availability, quality and utilisation of health care facilities and services,” the ANI/Economic Times…
A recent report (.pdf) by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and Oxfam International warns “that the global campaign to vaccinate children in poor countries is being hampered by high prices and is facing an acute funding crisis,” BMJ News reports.
On Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed several topics in a “speech warning that leaders of the G8 and G20 countries should not use global economic and financial difficulties as ‘an excuse’ to neglect previous pledges of billions of dollars for the world’s poor â€“ for doubling aid to Africa, food security, malaria and AIDS programs and maternal and child health care,” Canwest News Service/Calgary Herald writes (O’Neill, 5/12).