“Women, girls and HIV were the focus of a panel discussion on the final day of the International Forum on [Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6] in Eastern Europe and Central Asia,” UNAIDS reports. “In Russia, HIV prevalence among young women aged 15-24 is two times higher than among men of the same age, according to government figures,” UNAIDS notes, adding women’s health advocates in Russia say, “Stigma and discrimination â€¦ continue to hamper access to HIV services” (10/13).
MDGs/Post-2015 MDG Agenda
Writing in the journal Nature, 10 scientists from around the world “say the only chance of achieving global prosperity is for all countries to combine poverty and environmental targets,” and they ask “[w]orld leaders [to] set six goals around universal clean energy, an end to water and food shortages, thriving…
Opinion: Chronic Disease In Africa; Education Can Help Combat Disease; Climate Change And Health; TB Vaccine
More Studies Needed As Africa’s ‘Chronic-Disease Epidemic Looms’ “An epidemic of chronic, non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, mental illness, cancer, diabetes, and obesity is growing in Africa, a continent still struggling with infectious and nutritional diseases,” according to a Boston Globe opinion pieceÂ by Michelle Holmes and Shona Dalal. Although…
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan arrived in Uganda on Wednesday for a three-day working visit to examine the country’s progress on the prevention, control and treatment of malaria, the Monitor reports.
Despite the introduction of new treatments for diarrhea more than four years ago, few children in developing countries are receiving these interventions and the disease is still the second leading cause of death among children, according a Bulletin of the World Health Organization report, BMJ reports.
A report released by the Asian Development Bank Wednesday examines how the global economic crisis is exacerbating poverty and hunger in regions of Asia, the Associated Press/Forbes writes.
UNICEF Data Shows Global Child Deaths Now Below 9M Annually, Progress Not Enough To Achieve MDG In Most Regions
The annual number of deaths among children younger than five worldwide “has fallen below nine million” compared with 12.5 million in 1990, according to new data from UNICEF, the New York Times reports. “That’s 10,000 less children dying per day,” Ann Veneman, UNICEF’s executive director, said.
Also In Global Health News: India Drug Patent Rejection; Iranian Female Health Minister; Hunger In North Korea; Rape In The Congo; Female Condom Deal; MDGs In Uganda; GSK Patent Pool
Indian Health Officials Welcome Patent Rejections Of HIV/AIDS Drugs Reuters examines Indian health officials’ positive reaction to the recent decision by the country’s patent office to reject patent applications on two “life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs.” The decision, they say, will help to ensure patients living with HIV/AIDS have access to generic…
On Wednesday, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Lancet simultaneously published an editorial and an accompanying letter from 18 doctor association leaders to highlight the need for action at a December U.N. conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Reuters reports (Doyle, 9/16).
TIME examines a voluntary airline tax, to be introduced in the U.S. and several European countries in January, that aims to “make up a shortfall in official government aid to poor countries â€” a shortfall exacerbated by the world financial crisis.” The tax will be used to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and it will also go towards improving maternal health and reducing child mortality.