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Also In Global Health News: U.S. Food Aid Declines; Agriculture In Zimbabwe; U.S.-Backed ITN Network; Reducing Maternal Mortality; DNDi Expands; Healthcare In Congo

U.S. Food Aid Declines, Despite Two-Year 53% Funding Increase Although U.S. food aid funding has increased by 53 percent over the last two years, a Government Accountability Office report on Wednesday said that during the same time period, the “amount of food delivered to address emergencies abroad fell 5 percent,”…

G20 Addresses Food Aid, Advocates React To Commitments

The G20 said the World Bank trust fund for agricultural investment in poor countries that they called for on Friday “should be designed so that money will be disbursed quickly and countries can decide for themselves where they want it spent,” Reuters reports.

Also In Global Health News: News Outlets Explore AIDS Vaccine Research; Chloroquine Resistance Unraveled; Authorities Contest Maternal Mortality Report

News Outlets Focus On Participants In AIDS Vaccine Study, Potential Impact Of AIDS Vaccine The Associated Press examines the role of the Thai participants in the recent clinical trial of an experimental HIV vaccine which showed modest potential for preventing infection. “Nearly 16,000 Thais ignored the false rumors that they…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Journal Of Infectious Diseases Explores Why Safe Water Alone Does Not Stop Diarrhea Among Infants Born To HIV-Positive Mothers A study appearing in the Journal of Infectious Diseases explores how well access to safe drinking water reduces rates of diarrhea experienced by 6-month-old infants born to HIV-infected mothers following weaning.…

IRIN Examines How User Fees Have Kept Most Vulnerable From Accessing Healthcare

IRIN examines how fees for medical services have kept poor populations from accessing services, in light of the recent announcement by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown that he was launching a program aimed at greatly reducing such fees in Malawi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nepal and Burundi.

G20 Draft Communique Addresses Agricultural Investment In Developing Countries, ‘Influential Women’ Raise Awareness For Maternal Mortality

A draft G20 communique revealed Friday that the group of countries “has called on the World Bank to work with donor agencies to create a multilateral trust fund to increase agricultural investment in poor countries,” Reuters reports. In July, the G8 launched a $20 billion agriculture initiative to help developing countries.

G20 Countries Could Tax Foreign Exchange To Help Achieve U.N. MDGs, Opinion Piece Says

The G20 countries “could help both the poor and the global economy by fully financing lagging efforts to fight poverty and disease worldwide, and the best way to do this would be to impose a very small tax on the prosperous foreign exchange industry,” Philippe Douste-Blazy, a former French foreign minister who is a special adviser to the U.N. secretary general on innovative financing, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

Merck, Qiagen Pledge Cervical Cancer Tools At CGI, Meeting Highlights Effects Of Gender Inequality

Drugmaker Merck & Co. announced Wednesday at the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) annual meeting in New York that it will “donate more than $500 million of its Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine” with the goal of improving women’s health in developing countries, Bloomberg reports. The vaccine works by preventing strains of the human papillomavirus that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The Netherlands-based company Qiagen NV said it “will donate tests to screen patients to determine if they have certain strains” of the sexually transmitted virus, according to the news service (Pettypiece, 9/23).

Obama Addresses U.N. General Assembly, Calls For ‘New Era Of Engagement’

In his first U.N. General Assembly address, President Obama on Wednesday “called for ‘a new era of engagement’ … with the world, pledging to work together with other countries while defending the interests of the United States,” Reuters reports (9/23). The Associated Press reports that Obama “believes there are four pillars necessary to ensure that future — nuclear disarmament, the promotion of peace and security, preservation of the planet, and a global economy that offers opportunity for all people. Obama says those pillars must be ‘the guiding principle of international cooperation’” (9/23).