Progress, Challenges In Curbing Neglected Tropical Diseases: “The effect of 30 years of neglect for these diseases in research and development of new diagnostics and drugs, and, crucially, in investing in training and education in vector-borne diseases, is evident. Most current drugs for neglected tropical diseases are old, and the…
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Two U.N. reports released on Wednesday examine the conditions faced by women around the world, the New York Times reports (MacFarquhar, 10/20). The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics report, which is published every five years, offers a compilation of “the latest data documenting progress for women worldwide in eight key areas: population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty,” according to a U.N. Statistics press release (.pdf).
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Ethiopia ‘Rejected’ HRW Report Alleging Politicization Of Donor Aid The Ethiopian government “rejected charges by Human Rights Watch that it was using donor aid to suppress political dissent,” according to a statement from the foreign ministry, Agence France-Presse reports. The statement “said that a probe by a group of donors…
Nearly three months after major floods hit large portions of Pakistan, at least seven million people are still without shelter, Stacey Winston, a U.N. spokesperson, said at a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports.
Delegates from around the world attended the launch of the African Women’s Decade, 2010-2020, (AWD) at an event in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reports (10/15).
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IRIN/PlusNews Examines Debate On The Impact Of Concurrent Partners On HIV Transmission Researchers have begun to “explore concurrency as a possible explanation for why parts of the continent have been so hard hit by HIV,” however “not everyone in the scientific community accepts the theory,” IRIN/PlusNews writes in an article…
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) released a statement in advance of Saturday’s World Food Day saying that the “world’s biggest donors of food aid … continued to supply and fund nutritionally ‘substandard’ food to developing countries, despite scientific evidence showing it was of little value in reducing child malnutrition,” Reuters AlertNet reports.
IRIN looks at a planned U.N. initiative to combat early childhood malnutrition and the questions surrounding it.
The WHO “said on Thursday that it was aiming for ‘complete control’ by 2015 of tropical diseases that affect one billion impoverished people” and kill an esitmated 534,000 people each year, Agence France-Presse reports (10/14).
Global Fund Replenishment: Noting that the recent Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment meeting fell short of reaching its funding target, a Lancet Editorial states: “The world is backsliding on its commitments, made recently at the Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York, to expand access for…