Measles deaths fell from 733,000 in 2000 to 164,000 in 2008 â€“ 78 percent â€“ thanks, in part, to increased vaccination efforts that reached an estimated 700 million children, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S.-based Measles Initiative, Reuters reports.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Doubling Of Global Investments In Family Planning, Birth Control Could Cut Maternal, Newborn Deaths, Report Says
By doubling investments in family planning and birth control, developing countries could nearly halve newborn deaths and reduce maternal deaths by 70 percent, a new report said Thursday, Reuters reports.
A report released Wednesday by the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific region outlines the challenges of preventing the spread of HIV in “22 geographically and culturally diverse countries” of the Pacific and recommends efforts to scale up the region’s fight against HIV/AIDS, U.N. News Centre reports.
AP/BusinessWeek examines the Singapore-based company Rigel Technology’s efforts to sell “state-of-the-art portable, fertilizer-making, toilets for as low as $30” in developing countries.
Independent Examines Aid To Ethiopia In an article that examinesÂ larger aid-related questions and themes, the Independent explores the effects of the Band Aid campaign in Ethiopia 25 years after it first attempted to help famine victims in the country. Band Aid’s “Bob Geldof [recently] went back to Africa to see…
During a briefing on the eve of World AIDS Day Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that the International AIDS Society (IAS) has chosen Washington, D.C., to host the 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC) now that the “decades-old ban on HIV-positive visitors” to the U.S. has been lifted, Agence France-Presse reports (11/30).
Also In Global Health News: Cell Phones Reduce Maternal Mortality; Kenya Cholera Outbreak; Drug-Resistant Salmonella
Cell Phone Program Reduces Maternal Mortality In Ghana IRINÂ looks at local programs in Ghana that “have cut dramatically the number of women dying during childbirth” by facilitating medical care through cell phone use.Â The publication writes that three years ago as part of the Millennium Villages project, “mobile handset producer Ericsson…
Also In Global Health News: ‘Positive Deviance’ Approach To Health; Child Malnutrition In Madagascar; Somalia’s Health System; Weak Harvests In West Africa; Improving Health Equity
Boston Globe Examines ‘Positive Deviance’ Approach To Improve Health The Boston Globe examines “‘positive deviance,’ an approach to behavioral and social change. Instead of imposing solutions from without, the method identifies outliers in a community who, despite having no special advantages, are doing exceptionally well. By respecting local ingenuity, proponents…
Several news outlets examined the global fight against HIV/AIDS ahead of World AIDS Day (December 1): The Associated Press explores how PEPFAR funds are being used to help connect patients living with the disease to treatment, provide support for families and educate the public about the disease in Vietnam. “The…
Leaders issued a statement covering a variety of topics, including health, after a three-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting concluded Sunday in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, Xinhua reports.