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Family Planning Drive Launched During Conference In Uganda

Agence France-Presse examines a new U.S.-backed “12 million dollar family planning drive launched” Wednesday during a three-day conference on family planning in Kampala, Uganda. The project aims to “improve access to contraceptives for women in six African nations [including Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Kenya] as well as Indonesia and Pakistan,” the news service writes (Simon, 11/18).

Op-Eds: HIV Travel Ban; Improving Sanitation; Counterfeit Drugs

‘Blot’ On U.S. HIV/AIDS Leadership Removed  A “blot” on U.S. HIV/AIDS leadership “ended last month when President [Barack] Obama lifted the prohibition” that kept HIV-positive foreigners from visiting the U.S. or seeking residency, according to a Washington Post editorial. “The process for eliminating the travel ban started under President George W.…

For World Toilet Day, News Outlets Examine Poor Sanitation Conditions Around World

In light of World Toilet Day Thursday, several news outlets examine the impact of poor sanitation on health. Reuters examines the challenges of poor sanitation in Mumbai, India, “where more than half its 18 million residents live in slums and where the average ratio of people to toilets is 81:1.”…

GAVI Alliance Drives Down Pentavalent Vaccine Costs, Data Shows

The “co-ordinated buying policy” of the GAVI Alliance has driven down “[t]he price of a vaccine that helps babies fight off killer diseases,” according to data released by the group, Reuters reports. In 2010, the price of pentavalent vaccine, which protects against Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b), diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and hepatitis B, will fall “below $3.0 – a drop of almost $0.50 cents per dose on the 2009 price,” according to the news services.

Health, Policy Experts Gather For 3-Day Conference On Family Planning

By offering family planning services to people seeking HIV/AIDS information and treatment, Africa’s population growth rate could be curbed by 2.5 percent, health experts said Monday during an international family health conference in Kampala, Uganda, Agence France-Presse reports (11/16).

Report Calls For Refocusing Health Spending In Developing Countries To Save Children’s Lives

“More than 24,000 infants die daily from preventable diseases in developing countries,” and child deaths have fallen in countries where governments “have shown a high level of political leadership on child health,” World Vision International said in a new report (.pdf) released on Monday as part of a five-year campaign to reduce child deaths worldwide, the Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Los Angeles Times Examines Health Care In Sierra Leone

The Los Angeles Times writes: “Sierra Leone is one of those nations where decades of foreign aid have failed to appreciably lift the fortunes of the people. The country is a charity case: 60% of its public spending comes from foreign governments and nonprofit organizations. Since 2002, it has received more than $1 billion in aid,” the newspaper writes.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Kaiser Family Foundation Looks At Views On The U.S. Role In Global Health As a follow-up to a survey conducted in May 2009, this poll examines Americans’ attitudes toward U.S. global health investments and priorities. Some key findings include: the majority of Americans support maintaining (32%) or increasing (34%) spending on…