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New York Times Examines Impact Of Small, Direct Grants To Boost Development In Afghan Village

The New York Times examines the use of small, direct grants to improve health and development in Afghanistan. The article focuses on efforts in “Jurm, a valley in the windswept mountainous province of Badakhshan, in the northeast,” where small amounts of money – “often less than $100,000” – were given directly to villagers.

Almost 200M Undernourished Children Worldwide, Report Says

In developing countries, almost 200 million children under the age of 5 “suffer from stunted growth and health problems due to poor nutrition in their early years,” according to a UNICEF report released on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Science-Based Health Policies Could Prevent Nearly 4M Maternal, Child Deaths In Africa, Report Says

Nearly 4 million deaths among women and children in sub-Saharan Africa could be prevented annually if relatively inexpensive, “science-based health policies” reached 90 percent of Africans, according to an African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) report (.pdf) published Monday, Nature News reports. The report, which is the initiative’s first policy paper, was released at the group’s fifth annual conference in Accra, Ghana, from Nov. 9-11.

Also In Global Health News: Nutritionally-Enhanced Products; Health Care In India; Cell Phones As Microscopes; GSK Pneumonia Vaccine; Men Fighting HIV/AIDS

News Outlets Examine Nutritionally-Enhanced Products The East African examines the recent launch of a $21.25 million research project, at the International Sweet Potato Centre in Uganda, that aims to develop “nutritionally enhanced sweet potatoes … to reduce health problems related to vitamin A deficiency and improve food security in sub-Saharan…

WHO Report Calls For Improved Health Care For Women, Girls

A new WHO report, released Monday, said women tend to “receive poorer quality care throughout their lives, particularly as teenagers and elderly people” even though they live six to eight years longer than men, Reuters reports. The WHO said women worldwide are “‘denied a chance to develop their full human potential’ because many of their critical medical needs are ignored” (MacInnis, 11/9).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Clinical Infectious Diseases Examines Malaria Treatment An editorial commentary appearing in Clinical Infectious Diseases examines the insight gained in how best to control malaria, based on recent studies of artemisinin combination therapy (ACTs). “As we move toward the elimination of malaria, it is crucial that policymakers and research groups endorse…

Rights Group Highlights Maternal Health Issues In India

“India is falling behind other countries in meeting international commitments to improve obstetric care because it does not adequately monitor deaths and injuries in the critical period following childbirth and fix gaps in its health system and programmes,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, the Hindu reports.