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Polio Vaccination Campaign To Target 85M Children In 19 West, Central African Countries

Global health organizations will launch a $30 million polio vaccination campaign on Saturday in West and Central Africa aimed at immunizing 85 million children under age 5, the Joint Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the International Federation of the Red Cross said on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reports (3/4).

Conference Calls For East African Countries To Prioritize Water, Sanitation Programs

During a sanitation conference being held in Kampala, Uganda, this week, “experts have urged regional countries to prioritize programs aimed at increasing access to safe water and sanitation” to move them closer to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target in 2015, New Times/allAfrica.com reports. “According to Water Aid, an international NGO, one billion people still lack access to safe drinking water while 2.4 billion lack adequate sanitation,” the news service writes.

Recent Releases In Global Health

WHO Bulletin Examines Communicable Diseases In Southeast Asia The WHO’s March Bulletin is a special themed issue focusing on communicable diseases in Southeast Asia. The publication addresses tuberculosis, cholera, neglected tropical diseases and family planning in the region (March 2010). Ahead Of International Women’s Day, Lancet Editorial Calls For Increased Investment…

Opinions On Rebuilding Haiti: Role Of U.S., Good Governance Efforts, Orphans, Poverty

U.S. Must Continue To Support Haiti’s Vision For ‘Reconfiguration’ In McClatchy opinion piece, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discusses her recent trip to Haiti and outlines the U.S. role in the country’s rebuilding. “Congress is committed to helping Haiti recover from this tragedy. Congress has not only taken action to…

Also In Global Health News: HIV In Philippines; Birth Control, Child Health In Afghanistan; Guatemala’s Progress On MDGs

Philippines’ Health Secretary Seeks To Boost Condom Distribution After Increase In HIV Diagnoses The Philippines’ Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral on Thursday announced she would seek additional public funds to support the distribution of condoms among high-risk groups, after the country recorded 143 new cases of HIV in January – its highest number…

Also In Global Health News: U.S. Ambassador To U.N.; Male Circumcision; River Blindness In Ecuador; Nursing Shortage In Caribbean; Maternal Health In Bolivia; Drug-Resistant TB In North Korea; Cholera Vaccine

U.S. Ambassador To U.N. In Geneva Assumes Position, Ending 13 Month Vacancy Betty King reported to her new position as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. “Washington’s Geneva mission had been without an ambassador since Warren W. Tichenor left his post on Jan.…

HIV, NCDs Impact Achievement Of MDGs, Study Says

Unequal progress in achieving U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for tuberculosis and child mortality in low-income countries is related to the countries’ burdens of HIV and non-communicable diseases (NCD), according to a study published Tuesday in the journal PLoS Medicine, Reuters reports (Kelland, 3/2).

U.N. Meeting Examines Progress, Challenges In Achieving Women’s Empowerment

Despite gains in women’s rights in the 15 years since the Beijing Declaration, U.N. Female Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro on Monday during the opening of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting acknowledged more action was needed to help countries advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, VOA News reports.

Opinions: Chile’s Preparedness; Evangelical Christians; ‘Locavorism’

Free Economies Essential For Disaster Preparedness The earthquake in Chile “was the fifth biggest ever measured, and several hundred times larger than the one that killed more than 220,000 in Haiti,” according to a Wall Street Journal editorial. The editorial highlights Chile’s preparation for earthquakes, including stricter building codes. “But such preparation…