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British First Lady Highlights Maternal Mortality Worldwide

Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and head of the Maternal Mortality Campaign, highlighted global maternal mortality at the Royal College of Midwives annual conference on Friday, the U.K. Press Association reports.

WHO Issues New HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines

The WHO on Monday issued new recommendations that patients living with HIV/AIDS begin receiving antiretrovirals (ARVs) earlier than current HIV treatment advice suggests, the Associated Press reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Kaiser Family Foundation HIV/AIDS Resources In advance of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the Kaiser Family Foundation has updated resources that shed light on the epidemic’s impact worldwide, and the U.S. policy role in addressing the challenges. These resources include an updated fact sheet on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic,…

Under-Five Child Mortality Up 20% In Zimbabwe, New Data Shows

UNICEF and the government of Zimbabwe announced Tuesday that, according to new social development data, the mortality rate for children under age five has risen by 20 percent since 1990, Reuters reports. The data suggest that the mortality rate is increasing at a slower rate than in March 2005, when it rose by 50 percent, compared to 1990 (Dzirutwe, 11/24).

Media Examines Food Summit Reaction, Malnutrition In Liberia, Yemen

VOA News reports on reactions from last week’s U.N. World Summit on Food Security in Rome: “The delegates in Rome promised to continue efforts to reduce by half the number of hungry people by two thousand fifteen. But critics pointed out that world leaders made a similar promise more than ten…

Opinion: China Forced Abortions; U.S. Work In Africa; Foreign Aid; Uganda Legislation

Detroit News Opinion Examines Forced Abortions In China   “One of the few incontrovertible assertions one can reasonably make is that no one supports forced abortion,” syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker writes in a Detroit News opinion piece that examines reports of “coerced abortions” and involuntary sterilizations in China. The piece…