Part of Canada’s push to make maternal and child health a focal point of the upcoming G8 summit in June should include an emphasis on efforts to improve sanitation in the world’s poorest countries, according to an author of a report (.pdf) released Wednesday, Canwest News Service/Vancouver Sun reports.
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“Dozens of countries are unlikely to meet” the Millennium Development Goal targets related to maternal and child health without a new strategy and an additional $20 billion each year, according to a report released Tuesday, the Canadian Press reports (Lederer, 4/14).
The number of maternal deaths around the world has decreased from more than 500,000 in 1980 to an estimated 342,900 in 2008, according to a Lancet study published online on Monday, the BBC reports. For the study, “a team led by the University of Washington in Seattle, looked at data from thousands of observations of maternal deaths for 181 countries between 1980 and 2008. … More than half of all maternal deaths were in only six countries in 2008 â€“ India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” writes the BBC (Briggs, 4/12).
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Global Life Expectancy Is Up, U.N. Report Says “Global life expectancy increased sharply from 47 years in 1950-55 to 68 years in 2005-2010, the U.N. has said in a report,” the U.K. Press Association reports. According to the report, “people are living longer mainly because of improvements in nutrition and…
A food crisis is developing across the Sahel region â€“ from Mauritania and Guinea to Nigeria and Sudan â€“ where “[m]illions” of people are facing hunger and malnutrition, aid groups say, afrol News reports.
Partners In Health Co-Founder Lectures On Global Health Topics The Dartmouth reports on a recent talk by Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim, co-founder of Partners In Health. During his lecture, which touched on several global health-related topics, “Kim stressed the need to incorporate ‘health care delivery science’ into undergraduate…
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U.N. Needs $133M To Combat Hunger In Niger “The U.N. says it needs $133 million to fight hunger in Niger after poor rainfall and harvests have led to serious food shortages in the West African nation,” the Associated Press/Globe and Mail reports (4/7). According to Reuters, “The requested funds would…
Millions Of Children In Developing World Have No Access To Clean Water, Latrines At School, Report Finds
A report (.pdf), released this week by UNICEF during the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) conference, documents the challenges many schoolchildren in developing countries face in accessing safe drinking water and sanitation, United Press International reports (4/6).
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Survey Finds 1.5M Pregnant Women, Children Face ‘Extreme Hunger’ In Democratic Republic Of Congo One and a half million pregnant women and children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of Congo are “facing extreme hunger,” according to a survey by the Congolese Ministry of Health, backed by…
Marking the conclusion of the three-day Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development (DIHAD) conference Tuesday, conference attendees called for humanitarians to adopt a more coordinated approach to tackling global health needs, the National reports. “Speakers, including health professionals and officials from international organisations, stressed the need to share medical knowledge and innovations during a crisis, citing the recent Haiti earthquake,” the newspaper writes.