The issue of unsafe abortion and its role in women’s health was the focus of a four-day conference this week in Accra, Ghana, involving health experts, policymakers and health workers from across Africa, Ghana News Agency reports. According to the news service, the conference agenda was to include: “a review of regional and national progress in addressing unsafe abortion, lessons from research and experience that could improve safe abortion care, post abortion care and related reproductive health care, such as preventing unwanted pregnancy, discussion of an agenda for action for the African region and ways to improve collaboration among governments, NGOs and other stakeholders” (11/9).
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The WHO, UNICEF and Rotary International on Thursday announced they will kick off a “mass polio immunization campaign in three Central African nations” on Friday “in response to a polio outbreak suspected in more than 100 deaths and deemed ‘unusual’ because it targets adults more than children,” that was first confirmed in the Republic of Congo on Nov. 4, the Associated Press reports.
Pneumonia Report Card Shows Prevention, Treatment Tools Not Widely Adopted In Countries Where Disease Kills Most Children
In advance of World Pneumonia Day, the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) on Thursday released a report card (.pdf) showing that pneumonia prevention and intervention targets are not being met in the 15 countries where three-quarters of deaths in children under age 5 from the disease occur each year, IRIN reports (11/11).
Developing World Access To Medication: “Access to life-saving, essential medicines must be improved,” Josh Ruxin, founder and director of the Access Project and director of Rwanda Works,Â writes in a Forbes’ “Science Business” blog. After looking at the debate over whether the free market can help improve access and examining programs,…
The three-day mHealth Alliance summit wrapped up “on Wednesday after discussions and seminars that aimed to advance the discussion around ways mobile technology can increase the access, efficiency and effectiveness of health systems,” allAfrica.com reports (11/11).
mHealth Alliance Annual Summit Kicks Off With $1M HP Donation, Discussion Of Improving Maternal, Child Health
The mHealth Alliance on Monday at its summit in Washington, D.C. “announced a two-year $1 million aggregate donation from HP” aimed at furthering the alliance’s goal of delivering quality health care “at the furthest reaches of wireless networks and mobile devices,” mobihealthnews reports. HP now joins the U.N. Foundation, the Vodafone Foundation, PEPFAR and the GSM Association as a founding partner of the alliance (Dolan, 11/8). mHealth Alliance Executive Director David Aylward said of the donation in a press release: “HP’s financial, technical and project support to mHealth Alliance initiatives significantly expands our ability to catalyze the partnerships, solutions, and sustainable deployments of mobile technology that can enable healthier lives for all, especially in the developing world” (11/8).
Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) â€“ such as influenza, pneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) â€“ cause 4.25 million deaths each year often among young children in developing countries, according to the Acute Respiratory Infections Atlas, which was released on Tuesday by the World Lung Foundation, Reuters reports (11/9).
Malaria Drug Artesunate Found More Effective Than Quinine At Preventing Severe Falciparum Malaria Deaths In Children, Study Says
Researchers found that the death rate among children diagnosed with severe falciparum malaria was almost one-fourth lower when they received the drug artesunate rather than the standard treatment of quinine, according to research which was presented at the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene over the weekend and published Monday in the Lancet, HealthDay News/U.S. News and World Report writes. The results have the potential to change the WHO’s malaria treatment recommendations for children, according to the article (11/6).
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Lugar, Pentagon Officials Head To Africa For Laboratory Inspections In a Foreign Policy blog post, David Hoffman reports that Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and several Pentagon officials will travel to Kenya and Uganda this week to inspect laboratories thatÂ “are working on infectious disease diagnosis and treatment; the concern is that…
Tropical storm Tomas “is on a path toward the island of Hispaniola and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and make landfall Friday, with possible winds of 74 mph and heavy rains,” PBS’ NewsHour reports.