“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, Newborn and Child Health
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).
ABC News on Wednesday announced “a yearlong project to focus attention on the diseases and health conditions that afflict the world’s poorest people,” the Associated Press reports (10/6).
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has “urged more funding” for the GAVI Alliance, to help achieve its childhood vaccine targets and the related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), TopNews reports. “Let us commit to improving health for children, women and men everywhere,” Ban said Wednesday at a GAVI replenishment meeting in New York (Mukherjee, 10/7).
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U.S. Should Stop Subsidizing Rice Exports To Haiti, Oxfam Says In a new report, aid agency Oxfam “has called on the United States to stop subsidising American rice exports to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, because it says the policy undermines local production of food,” BBC reports.…
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.
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,…