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Washington Post Examines Birth Simulator For Health Worker Training In Developing World

A new device which simulates childbirth on a real woman could help train health workers to deliver babies and deal with complications, according to the Washington Post, which adds that the $100 low-tech “frontpack” is called “‘MamaNatalie,’ a name that plays on ‘natalis,’ which means ‘pertaining to birth’ in Latin.”   “The abdomen is made…

Also In Global Health News: Ebola In Congo; Asia Pacific Food Security Meeting; Niger Food Emergency; Kenya’s Infrastructure Scale-Up; Zambian Bicycle Ambulances

Congo Launched Epidemiological Investigation After Authorities Identify 5 Suspected Cases Of Ebola Congo authorities have launched epidemiological investigations and infection control measures after five men were suspected of having Ebola but tested negative, Agence-France Press reports. “We have taken response measures as if it were Ebola fever because it is not…

Canadian Press/Globe and Mail Examine ‘Loose Ends’ In G8’s Maternal, Child Health Initiative

The G8’s $5-billion initiative to improve maternal and child health “left many loose ends that need to be tied up before the countries can begin to make good on their commitment to save the lives of 1.3 million children under age five, and 64,000 mothers,” the Canadian Press/Globe and Mail reports. According to the article, while stakeholders welcome the G8 initiative, many find it “deeply underfunded and lacking in detail.”

U.N. To Formally Establish New ‘Gender Entity’

The United Nations General Assembly will move to formally adopt a new “gender entity” on Friday called “U.N. Women” that will fold the U.N.’s four existing women’s entities – UNIFEM, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, the U.N. Division for the Advancement of Women, and INSTRAW – into one, Inter Press Service reports.

Haitian President Rejects U.S. Senate’s Recommendations For Upcoming Elections

A day after Haitian President Rene Preval signed a decree authorizing a date for November elections, he rebuffed other recommendations issued by the U.S. Senate, which include “holding an election for his successor, brushing off criticism that the current process will leave the shattered country without a credible leader,” the Associated Press reports.

U.N. Economic And Social Council Meeting Focuses On MDGs, Empowering Women

“The world’s anti-poverty gains achieved over the past years are being eroded by the presence of multiple crises, including an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, increased food [in]security, oil prices volatility and climate change,” according to a report released Monday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the opening of an annual high-level segment of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Bermana reports.

Foreign Policy Examines GHI, PEPFAR

Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago … now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”

Opinions: G8 Commitments To Maternal, Child Health

G8 ‘Failed Its Own Leadership Test’ On Maternal, Child Health Commitments A Toronto Star editorial reflects on the pledges of G8 countries to the Muskoka Initiative to improve maternal and child health care, noting, while Canada’s $1.1 billion over five years “fell noticeably short of the $1.2 billion the G8 and…

G8 Leaders To Discuss Economic Policy, Developing World, Maternal And Child Health, Haitian Rebuilding

Ahead of the G8 summit, which begins Friday in Canada, “leaders engaged in a series of dueling letters and interviews that exposed their conflicts” in how to foster global economic recovery, the Associated Press reports. The G8 – comprised of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States – are also set to “discuss proposals to increase support for maternal and child health care in poor nations” and meet with leaders from seven African countries.