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).
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Education for women is the most important factor for positively influencing the health of women and children, Indian President Pratibha Patil said on Saturday at a meeting in New Delhi of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), IANS/Sify News reports. “Education is a powerful driver of health. The relationship between poverty, lack of education and limited access to health services, is well recognised,” Patil said at the start of the two-day conference (11/13).
UNICEF Report Identifies Factors Helping, Hindering Efforts To Drive Down FGM/C In Five African Countries
A report (.pdf) released on Thursday by UNICEF highlights the recent progress made in reducing the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) despite ongoing social pressures in five African countries, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports. (11/18). “Millions of girls worldwide are cut or mutilated each year,” according to a UNICEF press release (.pdf). “The practice, a serious violation of their human rights, can cause severe, lifelong health problems including bleeding, problems urinating, childbirth complications and newborn deaths,” the release adds (11/18).
Also In Global Health News: Reports Of Misuse Of Global Fund Grants; 2007-2008 Food Crisis; Polio Vaccination Drive In Uganda
Southern Times Examines Reports Of Misuse Of Global Fund Grants In Zambia The Southern Times reports that Zambia has been named one of four African countries identified by the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General to have misused a combined amount of $25 million in grants. As was first…
UNAIDS Report Finds New HIV Infections Dropped By 20% Over 10 Years, Deaths From AIDS-Related Illness Dropped By 20% Over 5 Years
The number of new HIV infections “has dropped by about one-fifth over the past decade but millions of people are still missing out on major progress in prevention and treatment,” according to the annual UNAIDS report released Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports. “In 2009, 2.6 million people contracted the HIV virus that causes AIDS, a decline of 19 percent over the 3.1 million recorded in” 1999 the report found, according to the news service (11/23).
Lancet Infectious Diseases Examines Funding In Relation To Disease Burden: In response to two recent papersÂ on neglected tropical diseases, Nicola Dmitri of the University of Siena in a Lancet Infectious Diseases ReflectionÂ addresses “how research funds could be guided by [the global burden of disease] GBD.” The results show, for example,…
A polio outbreak in Angola, which started in 2007 after the country had not reported a case of polio in six years, could have “international consequences” if it is not stopped, Sona Bari, the WHO’s spokesperson on polio eradication, said on Friday, Reuters reports.
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).
Free Economies Essential For Disaster Preparedness The earthquake in Chile “was the fifth biggest ever measured, and several hundred times larger than the one that killed more than 220,000 in Haiti,”Â according to a Wall Street Journal editorial.Â The editorial highlights Chile’s preparation for earthquakes, including stricter building codes. “But such preparation…