“Michelle Bachelet, famous for breaking gender barriers by becoming the first woman elected president of Chile, will head the new global United Nations agency created to advance womenâ€™s rights, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday,” the New York Times reports.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Malaria prevention efforts â€“ such as the use of bed nets, indoor insecticide spraying and the use of drugs to prevent the disease â€“ have prevented the deaths of almost 750,000 children in 34 African countries over the past 10 years, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Reuters examines a program providing cash incentives to “more than 2.6 million Colombians, mostly women with young children living in extreme poverty” in exchange for their participation in “health workshops” and their commitment to ensuring their children receive “regular medical check-ups,” receive immunizations and “attend school at least 80 percent of the time.”
Ahead Of MDG Summit, U.N. Secretary-General Calls For Additional Funds, Strategy For Tackling Women’s And Children’s Health Issues
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday announced that “nearly 140” world leaders are planning to attend next week’s U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Summit in New York, where they will discuss ways to help countries reach the targets by 2015, the Canadian Press reports (Lederer, 9/13).
The Guardian on Tuesday launched a new website that will cover global development issues, such as hunger and infant mortality, according to an introductory note on the site (Bunting, 9/14).
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New U.N. Drug Czar Pledges Public Health, Human Rights Focus The new head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, took office on Monday andÂ “pledged to focus on public health and human rights,” theÂ Associated Press reports. A former Russian diplomat, Fedotov said in a statement, “Whether we…
“Doctors and AIDS activists on Friday urged African governments to fulfill a decade-old pledge to spend more of their own money on health if they want international help in fighting AIDS,” the Associated Press reports.
News Outlets Examine MDGs Challenges: Communicating To Public, NGOs Charge Draft Declaration Falls Short
AllAfrica.com reports on a “fellowship hosted by the U.N. Foundation” last week “to educate the media about progress that has been made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) thus far and what still needs to be done before the 2015 target date for achieving them.”
“World powers have reached an accord, after weeks of tough talks, on a document to be adopted at a Millennium Development summit this month for which [U.N.] Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is seeking billions of dollars of new funding,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Inter Press Service examines how women’s “low status” can contribute to the development of obstetric fistulas in women in “East, Central and Southern Africa.”