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Global Access To Safe Drinking Water Increased, Sanitation Lagging Behind, WHO-UNICEF Report Finds

A report released Monday by the WHO and UNICEF documents mixed progress in improving drinking water and sanitation conditions worldwide, VOA News reports (Schlein, 3/15). “The report – presenting the latest data on improved sources of sanitation and drinking water in 209 countries or territories – is aimed at assisting policy-makers, donors, government and non-governmental agencies decide what needs to be done,” U.N. News Centre writes (3/15).

Reproductive Health Forum In Ghana Addresses Unsafe Abortions In Africa

The issue of unsafe abortion and its role in women’s health was the focus of a four-day conference this week in Accra, Ghana, involving health experts, policymakers and health workers from across Africa, Ghana News Agency reports. According to the news service, the conference agenda was to include: “a review of regional and national progress in addressing unsafe abortion, lessons from research and experience that could improve safe abortion care, post abortion care and related reproductive health care, such as preventing unwanted pregnancy, discussion of an agenda for action for the African region and ways to improve collaboration among governments, NGOs and other stakeholders” (11/9).

Report Documents Doctor Shortages In Africa

Africa is facing “an acute shortage of doctors,” as trained professionals are lured away by higher salaries and benefits, according to a report released last week, New Vision reports. The study, carried out by researchers from African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation, George Washington University and the steering committee…

Also In Global Health News: Canada’s Maternal Health Initiative; Mobile Giving; Interview With UNICEF Chief; Burning Biofuels And Anemia; ARVs In India

Sub-Saharan Africa To Receive Boost From Maternal, Child Health Initiative Canada will announce Monday “the 10 countries that will get help from the government’s $1.1-billion maternal and child health initiative,” 80 percent of which is slated for sub-Saharan Africa, the Postmedia News/Vancouver Sun reports. The majority of the money will go to…

Recent Releases In Global Health

ASTMH Meeting Blog: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s (ASTMH) “Annual Meeting Blog” has a number of posts from this week’s gathering, including: “The ethics of overseas clinical research”; an interview with John Cook, former ASTMH president; American attention to dengue fever; a profile of Michele Barry, senior…

Opinions: G20 Development Approach; Defense Of DDT For Malaria Control; U.S. Foreign Aid; Human Trafficking

G20 Development Plans Must Expand Economic Growth Of World’s Poorest Countries Leaders have been “debating how to ‘rebalance’ the global economy and reform financial institutions – all challenging subjects. But I also am reminding my colleagues that all these goals, however crucial, are insufficient,” Lee Myung-bak, the president of the Republic…

Leaders Speak At Partnership for Maternal, Newborn And Child Health Conference

Education for women is the most important factor for positively influencing the health of women and children, Indian President Pratibha Patil said on Saturday at a meeting in New Delhi of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), IANS/Sify News reports. “Education is a powerful driver of health. The relationship between poverty, lack of education and limited access to health services, is well recognised,” Patil said at the start of the two-day conference (11/13).

IPS Examines Water, Sanitation MDG Targets

Inter Press Service looks at the U.N. Human Rights Council’s (HRC) endorsement of “water and sanitation as a basic human right” last week, and the “reality” that “water and sanitation have remained two of the most neglected sub-texts of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which came under scrutiny at the MDG summit” in September.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Global Fund Replenishment: Noting that the recent Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment meeting fell short of reaching its funding target, a Lancet Editorial states: “The world is backsliding on its commitments, made recently at the Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York, to expand access for…