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No Singular Pathway To Achieve MDGs 4, 5

In an opinion piece published as part of the Skoll World Forum and Johnson & Johnson “Debate & Series,” which, according to the series summary, examines what “we must do differently or better to achieve [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] 4, 5 and/or 6 — all focused on improving public health…

Economist Examines Emergence Of Konzo, Nodding Syndrome Among Children In Africa

The Economist examines the emergence of two childhood illnesses in Africa, Konzo and nodding syndrome, “two particularly nasty … neglected illnesses [that] cause suffering and death, and more subtly, when they affect children, eat away at a country’s potential by reducing the human capital of its rising generation.” The magazine…

Reports Examine Global Disease Burden In 6 Regions

The World Bank Group and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) have released “six regional reports as part of The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy,” an IHME press release states. “The reports are based on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study…

Polio Can Be Stopped With Continued Support From International Community

“Six years after Somalia’s last case of polio, the country has become the epicenter of a fresh outbreak in the Horn of Africa,” Siddharth Chatterjee, the chief diplomat and head of strategic partnerships and international relations at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in…

GlobalPost Special Report Examines Global Efforts To Reduce Child Mortality

In a special report titled “Step by Step,” GlobalPost examines global efforts to reduce child mortality, asking, “What works and what doesn’t in the fight against child mortality? What will it take to go the last mile, and end preventable child deaths?” The report includes a map of child mortality…

Iron Supplements Do Not Increase Malaria Risk Among Children, But Safety Questioned

A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed children in malaria-endemic areas who received iron supplements do not have an increased risk of contracting the disease, but “hospital visits for severe diarrhea episodes were significantly higher among children in Ghana given extra iron, raising…

Skoll World Forum ‘Debate & Series’ Examines Health-Related MDGs

“In the lead up to the U.N. General Assembly, the Skoll World Forum partnered with Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to produce an online debate focused on the last 850 days before the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] expire in 2015,” the “Debate…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. “Sohni Dean and colleagues identify the most important research areas for improving pre-conception care for women in low- and middle-income countries,” including integration of care into the wider health care…

India’s Upper House Of Parliament Approves National Food Security Bill

India’s upper house of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, “late on Monday night passed the National Food Security Bill by voice vote after an almost 10-hour-long debate,” the Hindustan Times reports. “The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill and so it now needs the president’s assent to become a law,”…

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