Economist Jeffrey Sachs said Wednesday that the G8 could endanger its credibility if leaders fail to fulfill several “broken multi-billion-dollar pledges” aimed at helping the developing world, Canwest News Service/Vancouver Sun reports.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
VOA News Examines Countdown To 2015 Report Calling For Additional 700,000 Midwives To Reduce Maternal, Newborn Deaths Worldwide
VOA News examines the Countdown to 2015 report (.pdf), which says that a lack of trained birth attendants is contributing to more than two million stillbirths, maternal and newborn deaths annually (Smith, 6/15).
Financial Times Examines How GAVI’s $2.6B Shortfall Might Affect New Vaccine Programs In Developing Countries
GAVI Alliance’s plan to introduce new vaccine projects in the developing world “is under threat amid the international economic downturn,” the Financial Times reports. “Subsidies to extend the use of vaccines against rubella, HPV to tackle cervical cancer, cholera and Japanese encephalitis in the developing world are among those likely to be cancelled or delayed, the head of the U.N.-backed” Alliance’s CEO Julian Lob-Levyt said, the newspaper writes.
Opinions: Maintain Fight Against HIV/AIDS; Ending MTCT of HIV; Impact Of U.S. Health Reform On Foreign-Trained Physicians
U.N. Secretary-General Calls For International Community To ‘Rally Around’ Next Generation Of HIV Treatment, Increase SupportÂ For Countries In Need Following a recent trip to the largest HIV/AIDS clinic in Uganda, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reflects on the recent progress made in the fight against the disease in a McClatchy opinion…
Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Spanish Government Announce $150M For Health Projects In Central America, Mexico
Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Carlos Slim, the “Mexican telecom magnate” and founder of the Carlos Slim Institute, announced Monday that they would work with Spain on a $150 million health initiative for people in Central America and Mexico, Agence France-Presse reports.
Also In Global Health News: International Development Journalism Competition; Polio Vaccines In Nigeria; Antibiotic Prescriptions In Mexico; MDR-TB In N. Korea
Guardian Selects Winning Stories On International Development Wining submissions to the Guardian’s International Development Journalism Competition were published online Monday. The annual contest features stories about “issues facing the developing world [that] are often overlooked or underrepresented by the media,” according to the newspaper. Professional and amateur journalists wrote about…
IRIN reports on the Global Food Security Act, a bill aimed at expanding the U.S. government’s role in combatting hunger around the world. The legislation is co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.).
New outlets continued to report on the Women Deliver conference, which wrapped up last week. As the conference closed, Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield said advocates would address the economic dimensions of maternal mortality, the BBC reports. “Finance ministers are on our list â€“ and they’re not going to stay safe,” she said. “They don’t always see this as a critical issue. Our economic arguments for investing in women’s health are pretty dramatic.”
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday invited several leaders from Africa, the Caribbean and South America “to a meeting on development and security issues, to be held on the sidelines of the G8 summit later this month,” Agence France-Presse reports.
TB Control Strategies Should Target Women, Children A Lancet Comment highlights “unique susceptibilities” to tuberculosis among women and children, who also “might encounter substantial barriers to access appropriate care.” In addition to overall TB control improvement, the article calls for “innovative strategies to advance tuberculosis prevention and treatment in women…