Efforts to curb poverty worldwide have been slowed by the global economic situation, but the developing world is still on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of people living on less than $1 per day by 2015 â€“ according to an annual U.N. report (.pdf) on the MDGs, which this year shows a “mixed picture” on reaching all eight targets â€“ the Associated Press reports (Lederer, 6/23).
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Miller-McCune Examines Debate Over Redistribution Of Some Foreign Aid Funds From HIV/AIDS To Other Diseases
Through the lens of health conditions faced by people in Mbarara, Uganda, Miller-McCune examines the debate over redistributing some foreign aid funds from HIV/AIDS to fight other diseases.
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PEPFAR Working To Provide HIV Prevention, Care, Treatment To LGBT, Clinton Says “Secretary of State Hillary [Rodham] Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians at home and abroad Tuesday,” CNN’s “Political Ticker” reports. At an event marking LGBT Pride Month, Clinton spokeÂ “about the linkages between gay…
“Thirty years after the first treaty on women’s rights was adopted by the United Nations, millions of cases involving beatings, marital rapes, honor killings and genital mutilation lead to deaths, medical injuries, failed pregnancies, abortions and psychological damage,” according to a GlobalPost article that reports on the rising number of individuals, communities and governments worldwide who are committing to end violence against women.
Poverty rates in 10 African countries have been halved over the last two decades, while child mortality rates have gone up in six sub-Saharan African countries, according to a report (.pdf) from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the U.N. Millennium Campaign, which emphasized that progess towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is possible, the Associated Press/St. Petersburg Times reports (Straziuso, 6/22).
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Oxfam Appeals For $10 Million In Hunger Aid For West Africa Oxfam estimates that “more than ten million people across West Africa are facing severe hunger and malnutrition because of drought, poor harvests and rising food prices,”Â Pan African News AgencyÂ reports (6/22). Oxfam has “launched a Â£7m [$10 million] emergency appeal…
The WHO on Friday issued “its first-ever guidance on how to use more than 240 essential medicines for children under 13,” the Associated Press reports. “The data provide information on use, dosage and side effects of medicines as well as warnings about which children should not take them” and possible complications from interactions from drugs taken together, according to the WHO, the news service reports (6/19).
An accountability report, prepared by officials in G8 member countries’ foreign affairs departments, acknowledges that G8 “countries are $10 billion behind the five-year, $50-billion commitment they made at their 2005 summit in Scotland,” the Canadian Press/CTV News reports (6/20).
The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday released a report (.pdf) outlining “an eight-pronged strategy it hopes can help poor nations advance sustainable development, considerably reduce poverty and essentially drive the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the next five years,” BusinessDay reports (Nwachukwu, 6/18).
“The Obama administration has selected eight countries to serve as learning labs for a new global health strategy aimed in part at reducing maternal and child deaths and combatting preventable diseases,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The move is among the first steps in the administration’s” roll-out of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and “comes amid mounting concerns about how much support President Barack Obama will win from Congress for a proposed 9% increase in global health spending for fiscal 2011,” the newspaper reports.