Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday invited several leaders from Africa, the Caribbean and South America “to a meeting on development and security issues, to be held on the sidelines of the G8 summit later this month,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
TB Control Strategies Should Target Women, Children A Lancet Comment highlights “unique susceptibilities” to tuberculosis among women and children, who also “might encounter substantial barriers to access appropriate care.” In addition to overall TB control improvement, the article calls for “innovative strategies to advance tuberculosis prevention and treatment in women…
As part of a special package about global health, TIME magazine visits what is known as “the most malarial town on earth” â€“ Apac, Uganda â€“ and examines global malaria control and efforts to eradicate the disease.
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Population Growth, Corruption Derail Philippines’ Ability To Meet MDGs “Rapid population growth, corruption and bad governance are the roadblocks that derail the Philippines’ bid to meet the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations by 2015, a UN official said on Wednesday,”Â the Manila TimesÂ reports. These issues have…
The coalition Make Poverty History released a report on Wednesday, which praises Canada’s spending on food aid and programs aimed at fighting diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, but it also says Canada should spend more on its maternal and child health G8 initiative, the Canadian Press/CTV News reports.
The Women Deliver conference concluded on Wednesday, as attendees “celebrated benchmark achievements in reducing maternal and infant mortality and faced stubborn failures at the same time,” Womens eNews reports. Advocates were “able to savor success stories in countries such as Sri Lanka and Malawi … But the Women Deliver conference also offered a forum for tales of women still dying [from] preventable childbirth deaths and of inadequate access to family planning services for 215 million women worldwide,” the news service writes (Kramer, 6/10).
Also In Global Health News: Child Mortality In Nepal; India Sanitation; Tony Blair On Aid; HIV Prevention Clinical Trial; Maternal Health
“Under-Five Deaths Show Robust Decline But Hurdles Remain,” Inter Press Service (Sharma, 6/9). “Uncollected Feces Highlight Urban Indian Sanitation Challenge,” Bloomberg (Gale, 6/9). “Tony Blair Urges ‘Tough Love’ Approach To Aid,” Guardian (Wintour/Elliott, 6/8). “New Vaginal Ring Borrows From Birth Control To Fight AIDS,” Agence France-Presse (6/8). “Maternal Health Still…
“Toilets: A Simple Solution to World Health Issues,” Los Angeles Times (Koss, 6/9). “Making the G8 maternal health campaign meaningful,” Globe and Mail editorial (6/8).
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s plans this month to close its plant in Meymac, France, that manufactures “the last therapeutic option” for HIV-positive babies has drawn criticism from UNITAID, Reuters reports. In an open letter published in the Lancet (.pdf), UNITAID writes that “[c]losing this factory means that 4,000 to 7,000 babies currently enrolled in treatment plans in developing countries through UNITAID could be left without the medicines they need.”
During the Women Deliver conference on Monday Melinda Gates announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “will spend $1.5 billion over the next five years on maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition in developing countries, a pledge that signals a new focus for the foundation known for concentrating on vaccines and AIDS,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Jordan, 6/7).