“Expanded testing across India in the past three years shows a 2,000 percent jump in the number of HIV cases among children, [Ghulam Nabi Azad] the country’s health minister announced Wednesday,” CNN reports.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Columnist Sees ‘Dawn OfÂ A Global Movement Against Maternal Mortality’ Columnist Nicholas Kristof examines maternal health in developing countries in his latest New York Times opinion piece. Kristof describes a Pakistani woman’s birth experience to illustrate the sort of “dramas” thatÂ ”play out constantly in poor countries” whereÂ one “woman dies a minute…
Inter Press Service examines how efforts underway in Namibia have helped to decrease the number of infants born with HIV while also increasing the number of HIV-positive infants on life-saving antiretrovirals (ARVs).
Health officials are growing increasingly concerned over the impact the H1N1 (swine) flu is having on populations living in Latin America, a region “which accounts for around two-thirds of the 816 confirmed deaths so far from the disease,” the AFP/channelnewsasia.com reports.
“Three internationally known organizations based in St. Louis â€” the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital” â€” have entered into a partnership, known as the Global Harvest Alliance (GHA), which aims to “create inexpensive, nutritionally complete food to help the world’s hungry and undernourished,” the AP/Google.com reports.
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U.N. Releases 1.5M For Sahrawi Refugees The U.N. has released 1.5 million dollars in emergency aid to help the 90,000 Sahrawi refugees who have fled to Algeria, the U.N. development office in Algiers said Sunday, the AFP/Yahoo! Canada News (7/26). Malnutrition among the refugees stands at about 18 percent, according…
Children who were exposed to Plasmodium falciparum “malaria before birth become tolerant to the malaria parasite, or their soluble products,” according to a PLoS Medicine study, which has “unravelled the mystery behind why some children are more susceptible to malaria infection and anaemia,” ANI/Newstrack India reports.
The New York Times profiles Pashtoon Azfar, the director of Afghanistanâ€™s Institute of Health Sciences, who works for a nonprofit group from Johns Hopkins University that focuses on women and childrenâ€™s health, and “also manages to serve as president of the Afghan Midwives Association.”
The Asian Strategic Alliance for Pneumococcal Disease Prevention (ASAP) is calling for the pneumonia vaccine to become an official part of India’s required list of immunizations, the Times of India reports.
Also In Global Health News: HIV Prevention In African Women; SIV In Chimps; Aid, Climate Partnerships; Obstetric Fistula
Reuters Examines UpcomingÂ HIV Prevention Trial In Africa Reuters examines plans for an upcoming HIV prevention trial of women living in Africa. The study, conducted by the U.S-funded Microbicide Trials Network, will help “determine whether some of the antiretroviral (ARV) medicines used to treat HIV can also be used to prevent…