Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) released a statement in advance of Saturday’s World Food Day saying that the “world’s biggest donors of food aid … continued to supply and fund nutritionally ‘substandard’ food to developing countries, despite scientific evidence showing it was of little value in reducing child malnutrition,” Reuters AlertNet reports.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
IRIN looks at a planned U.N. initiative to combat early childhood malnutrition and the questions surrounding it.
The WHO “said on Thursday that it was aiming for ‘complete control’ by 2015 of tropical diseases that affect one billion impoverished people” and kill an esitmated 534,000 people each year, Agence France-Presse reports (10/14).
Global Fund Replenishment: Noting that the recent Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment meeting fell short of reaching its funding target, a Lancet Editorial states: “The world is backsliding on its commitments, made recently at the Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York, to expand access for…
Also In Global Health News: African Researchers; Global Fund’s Missed Target; Maternal Mortality In Nepal; TB In Tanzania
Network Calls For African Scientists To Submit Proposals For Research Funding The African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) is asking African scientists to submit proposals “to develop affordable medicines to tackle the continent’s most urgent health problems,” including many neglected diseases,Â Reuters AlertNetÂ reports (Migiro, 10/12). According to a press…
“The Global Hunger Index released Monday finds that many developing countries primarily in South Asia and Latin America have made significant progress in reducing hunger. But continued improvement in the rates of hunger â€“ and in addressing the development problems that result from hunger â€“ depends on a universal focus on early childhood nutrition,” the Christian Science Monitor reports (LaFranchi, 10/11).
Maternal health and dengue fever are among the issues that will be discussed at the 61st session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, Bernama reports. The meeting, which will take place this week in Malaysia, will be attended by 21 ministers and health officials from 33 countries in the region. WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific Shin Young-Soo spoke at a press conference Sunday ahead of the meeting (10/10).
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ReportÂ Examines Life In Haiti’s Camps;Â Companies Hire Lobbyists To Petition Congress For Rebuilding Funds A recent Refugees International reportÂ found that more thanÂ “70 percent of camps in Haiti, home to an estimated 1.3 million earthquake victims, lack proper international management nearly nine months after the disaster, leaving them at increased risk of…
The Atlantic Reports On Potential Challenges To Passage Of The International Violence Against Women Act
The Atlantic looks at the challenges facing the passage of I-VAWA (S.2982, HR. 4594), or the International Violence Against Women Act, which was recently delayed in Congress.
Sec. Of State Clinton, Other Officials Launch Initiative To Provide Mobile Phones To 150M Women In The Developing World
Officials gathered in Washington, D.C. on Thursday to launch mWomen, an initiative aimed at increasing access to mobile phones to further health and development benefits among women in the developing countries, the Telegraph reports (Beaumont, 10/8).