A study published on Tuesday in the Lancet found that in a reversal of historical trends, “death rates among adolescents are now higher than in children,” Reuters reports.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Opinions: Media Coverage Of Japan’s Natural Disasters; Water Shortages; U.S. Support Of PMTCT; U.S. Influence On Global Food Prices; Fasting For Food Aid
When Media Loses Perspective, Costs Run High In a Boston Globe op-ed, former Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) argues the “volume and tone of the news coverage” following the events at the Fukushima nuclear facility triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami “were out of proportion to the significance of…
Also In Global Health News: Food Shortages In N. Korea; Polio In Sierra Leone, Pakistan; Global Wheat Supply
U.N. Food Agencies Issue Warning About Food Shortages In N. Korea “North Korea’s government food distribution system will run dry in May and put one-quarter of the country’s 24 million residents at risk of starvation,” the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said in a report “sent to diplomats in donor…
Marking World Water Day Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on behalf of the U.S. government, joined World Bank President Robert Zoellick in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaborative efforts between the groups to improve water and sanitation conditions for the world’s poor, the Epoch Times reports (Hayley, 3/22).
Also In Global Health News: Cancer In Developing Countries; Preventing Deaths From Diarrhea; Food, Drug, Medical Personnel Shortages In Libya; Benefits Of Electronic Health Records In Kenya
Scientific American Features Q&A With Paul Farmer On Rise Of Cancer In Developing Countries Scientific American this month features a Q&A with Harvard medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, who cofounded the group Partners In Health, on the rise of cancer in developing countries. According to the magazine, last October, Farmer “and…
The WHO on Monday released a list of 30 medicines that “are essential for treating common diseases of mothers and children,” Ghana News Agency reports (3/21).
Japanese officials plan to measure radiation levels in the ocean beyond the country’s borders on Tuesday and Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said, CNN reports.
Also In Global Health News: Food Shortages In Zimbabwe; Illicit Drug Control, MDGs; Global Quinoa Demands Affect Bolivian Farmers; ARV Disruptions In Cote d’Ivoire
Zimbabwe Government Tries To Address Severe Food Shortages In Some Provinces “Six of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces face severe food shortages, and the government has ordered the country’s grain marketing board (GMB) to send grain to the affected areas, a state daily [the Herald] said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A government…
Also In Global Health News: Semi-Synthetic Artemisinin Development; Libyan Humanitarian Situation; Netherlands Possibly Scaling Back Recipients Of Development Aid; African Lab Society Launched; Maternal Mortality In Bangladesh
Scientists Refine Efforts To Develop Semi-Synthetic Artemisinin PostMedia News/Vancouver Sun reports on recent advances by researchers to speed the development of semi-synthetic artemisinin to treat people with malaria. Though artemisinin is currently derived “from the sweet wormwood plant found in parts of Asia and Africa â€¦ cultivating and harvesting the…
Delegates from 15 African countries this week concluded a three-day workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya, examining how countries can improve their efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, VOA News reports.