Representatives from the U.S. and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Tuesday signed an agreement to expand PEPFAR programs to 12 other Caribbean nations during a gathering in Georgetown, Guyana, Agence France-Presse reports (5/11).
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and other infectious diseases account for more than two-thirds of the 8.8 million deaths in 2008 among children under age 5 around the world, according to a Lancet study published on Wednesday, HealthDay News/Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. The highest numbers of childhood deaths were in Africa (4.2 million) and Southeast Asia (2.39 million), according to the news service (5/11).
Anthony Lake, who “has been a foreign policy advisor to several Democratic U.S. presidents and presidential candidates,” has officially become the executive director of UNICEF, Agence France-Presse reports (5/2). Lake was sworn into office Monday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York, according to a UNICEF article (5/3).
Also In Global Health News: Haiti Trade Deal; Grandmothers’ Summit On HIV/AIDS; Fighting Diarrhea; Public Health Messages Via Soap Operas; Child Health In Afghanistan
CQ Reports On Trade Deal To Support Haiti Congressional Quarterly reportsÂ of aÂ “deal on legislation designed to boost the textile and apparel industries in earthquake-ravaged Haiti”Â thatÂ “is set to move quickly through both chambers.”Â According to the news service, the quake damaged “apparel factories and ports, both of which are vital to the…
Giving women vitamin A supplements does not reduce maternal death rates or improve the health of infants, according to a study published Tuesday in the Lancet, the New York Times reports.
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Journal Perspective Piece DiscussesÂ Rising Number Of Syphilis Cases In China In 2008, almost 9,500 babies were born with syphilis in China, “a 12-fold increase over a five year period,”Â according to a New England Journal of Medicine perspective piece,Â theÂ “China Real Time Report” blog reports, addingÂ that the resurgence of the disease is…
Opinions: Africans Fight Malaria; Access To AIDS Treatment; Noncommunicable Disease Summit; Maternal, Child Health Efforts
Africans’ Involvement Helps Fight Malaria On The Continent In an East African opinion piece, U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers; Mark Green, the director of the Malaria No More Policy Center; and John Bridgeland, vice chairman of Malaria No More, highlight Africans’ involvement in addressing malaria on the continent.…
Adopt Draft Code Of Health Personnel Recruitment At WHA, Lancet Comment Says As the 193 WHO member states gather at next week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) “a draft global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel will be on the agenda. Negotiation and adoption of a WHO…
During a meeting with women ministers from Afghanistan on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “promised aid for female education, maternal and other health services, protection of women from violence, and for enhancing their roles in agriculture and the economy,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Also In Global Health News: Zimbabwe’s Child Immunization Campaign; Abortion Language In Kenya’s Constitution
Zimbabwe Launches Child Immunization Campaign, Hoping To Drive Down Outbreaks Of Measles Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health, UNICEF and the WHO on Monday launched an effort to vaccinate five million children between six months and 15 years against a host of diseases, including measles, the Herald/allAfrica.com reports (5/25). The campaign comes…