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NPR Examines Obama Administration’s Global Family Planning Policies

NPR’s “Morning Edition” examines how global family planning fits into the Obama administration’s global health policy. “The administration has already restored funding for the United Nations Population … Fund, which for eight years received no U.S. support. And in his first week, President Obama lifted an executive order that existed in the Reagan and Bush administrations that prohibited U.S.-funded programs from providing information about abortion services,” according to NPR.

U.S. Government Resumes Medical Evacuations From Haiti; New Food Voucher Distribution Targeting Women Begins

“The U.S. government said on Sunday it would resume military evacuation flights” within 12 hours for critically ill and injured Haitians who were harmed in the Jan. 12 earthquake, Reuters reports (Rosenberg/Brown, 1/31). Medical evacuations had been suspended for a few days, but the reason for the suspension “is unclear as various government authorities have provided different explanations,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

U.N. Secretary-General Focuses On MDGs During African Union Summit

Addressing the 14th African Union (AU) Summit on Sunday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for African countries to maintain their commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), “which include reducing poverty, disease and child mortality, ahead of their target date of 2015,” BBC reports. Leaders from 53 African countries are gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the three-day summit (1/31).

Also In Global Health News: Infant, Maternal Mortality In N. Korea; Malaria In Cambodia; Zambia PEPFAR Program; Pakistan’s Anti-Polio Campaign; U.N. Ambassador Responds To Somalia; Myanmar Refugees

Increases In Infant, Maternal Mortality Lead To Life Expectancy Decline In North Korea Higher rates of infant and maternal mortality have lead to a decline of life expectancy in North Korea over the past 15 years, census figures, which were obtained with help form the U.N. Population Fund, said on…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Blog: Goosby Reflects On U.S. Response To Global HIV/AIDS At CROI The Infectious Diseases Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby’s recent address to the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) where he reemphasized the Obama administration’s commitment to “‘maintaining, extending…

Health Worker Training Program Cuts Stillbirths By 30% In 6 Developing Countries, Study Says

The rate of stillbirths was cut by more than 30 percent after health workers in rural parts of six developing countries were trained “in how to help a newborn start breathing and to keep it warm and clean,” according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Reuters reports. The trainees – who included midwives, nurses, traditional birth attendants and physicians – were given “hand-held pumps and masks to fill babies’ lungs with air if they were not breathing at birth, clean-delivery kits to prevent infection and scales to measure their weight,” the news service writes.

Also In Global Health News: Ebola In Congo; Asia Pacific Food Security Meeting; Niger Food Emergency; Kenya’s Infrastructure Scale-Up; Zambian Bicycle Ambulances

Congo Launched Epidemiological Investigation After Authorities Identify 5 Suspected Cases Of Ebola Congo authorities have launched epidemiological investigations and infection control measures after five men were suspected of having Ebola but tested negative, Agence-France Press reports. “We have taken response measures as if it were Ebola fever because it is not…

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