Sierra Leone is launching a program to provide free health care for mothers and children in an effort to reduce high maternal and child mortality rates, Ernest Bai Koroma, the country’s president, said on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports (4/27).
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Canada on Monday at a meeting of G8 development ministers in Halifax, Canada, said its maternal and child health initiative, which is expected to be a “centerpiece issue” at the G8 summit in late June, will not include funding for abortion, the Associated Press/Washington Post (Gillies, 4/26).
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N. Korea Launches Medical Video Conference Network North Korea on Tuesday formally launched a medical video conference network “aimed at giving smaller, rural hospitals access to specialists in the capital Pyongyang,”Â the Associated Press reports. “WHO has been providing cameras, computers and other equipment to North Korea to help the reclusive,…
Though the global economic crisis has slowed the pace of efforts to reduce poverty in developing countries, the countries remain “on track” to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve extreme poverty by 2015, a World Bank Group and IMF report says.
To Improve Maternal, Child Health, Focus On Improving Nutrition As G8 development leaders gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this week to discuss priorities for the upcoming summit, Josette Sheeran, executive director of the WFP, calls for world leaders to focus on the nutritional needs of mothers and children in developing…
“Sixteen countries in West and Central Africa are in the throes of a measles outbreak, at a time when there is a shortfall in funding for vaccination campaigns against the disease, two U.N. agencies said in a joint statement on Thursday,” Reuters AlertNet reports (Fominyen, 4/22).
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Representatives of the African Union (AU) on Wednesday began meeting with members of the Obama administration in Washington, as part of the first Annual U.S.-African Union High Level Bilateral Meetings, United Press International reports (4/21).
“Even as the world’s deadline for the achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) approaches in 2015, countries are not making water and sanitation a priority, which in turn impacts other developmental goals like health and education,” according to a WHO report released Wednesday, Press Trust International/Business Standard reports (4/22).
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Bill Gates, Colin Powell To Participate In Twitter Fundraiser For Malaria Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Wednesday will join former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Queen Rania of Jordan and a host of other Hollywood celebrities for the launch of a Twitter campaign…