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Al Jazeera Examines Global Maternal Mortality

Al Jazeera examines maternal mortality worldwide, saying, “If the situation continues at its current rate, the world will not meet” the U.N. Millennium Development Goal “to reduce maternal mortality by 75 percent between 1990 and 2015.” Though the estimated number of women who die of maternal mortality has dropped from 546,000 in 1990 to 340,000 today, a woman’s lifetime risk of dying during or following pregnancy in developing countries “is still high at one in 31,” compared with one in 4,300 in developed countries, the news agency reports. “Attaining zero maternal death would require greater community involvement and commitment” and increased access to contraceptives and skilled birth attendants, according to experts, Al Jazeera notes (Arjunpuri, 3/19).

WHO Releases Discussion Paper Examining Potential Global Health Goals For Post-2015 Agenda

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a discussion paper [.pdf] identifying issues to be considered in the context of potential global health goals for the post-2015 agenda,” the International Institute for Sustainable Development reports in an article on its webpage. “The paper suggests universal health coverage (UHC) as an inclusive umbrella for addressing these issues” and “notes that post-2015 goals should build on progress achieved under the framework of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while future goals and indicators need to: be framed as global challenges rather than aspirations for developing countries; ensure policy coherence; and take a strategic approach,” according to the article (October 2012).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Global Fund Will Make ‘Every Possible Effort’ To Raise Additional Resources: Although pledges to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its recent replenishment meeting did not meet “the lowest estimate of demand,” the Fund “will make every possible effort to raise the additional resources that we…

World Bank, IMF Discuss Development Funds At Annual Meeting

The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) fund requires new resources from Western governments to adequately fight global poverty, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said on Saturday during the annual meetings of the bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., the Guardian reports. The IDA “provides soft loans and grants to the 79 poorest countries,” the newspaper writes.

Opinions: Canada’s Role In Global Health; Drug Licensing Agreements Promote Drug Access; Funding For USAID, State; Haiti

Canada Must Lead To Ensure Robust Efforts In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria After outlining the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, the organization’s executive director, highlights the role Canada can play in determining “whether the world can overcome AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria”…

Also In Global Health News: MDGs; ARVs; Pharma In India; Gates In Nigeria

“Millennium development goals: Profit has a place at the base of the pyramid,” Financial Times (Murray, 6/7). “ViiV, Elizabeth Glaser Pact To Expedite Access To ARV Treatment”,” Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal (Musha Baba, 6/7). “Novartis, Sanofi Pursue ‘Cash Machine’ in Indian Countryside,” Bloomberg (Sharma, 6/7).  Agence France-Press (6/7) and The Punch (Nwankwo, 6/8)…

Experts Discuss G8 Aid Commitments

Economist Jeffrey Sachs said Wednesday that the G8 could endanger its credibility if leaders fail to fulfill several “broken multi-billion-dollar pledges” aimed at helping the developing world, Canwest News Service/Vancouver Sun reports.

Also In Global Health News: MDGs In Philippines; CDC Director In Ethiopia; Chad Conference On Child Soldiers

Population Growth, Corruption Derail Philippines’ Ability To Meet MDGs “Rapid population growth, corruption and bad governance are the roadblocks that derail the Philippines’ bid to meet the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations by 2015, a UN official said on Wednesday,” the Manila Times reports. These issues have…

Women Deliver Conference Concludes

The Women Deliver conference concluded on Wednesday, as attendees “celebrated benchmark achievements in reducing maternal and infant mortality and faced stubborn failures at the same time,” Womens eNews reports. Advocates were “able to savor success stories in countries such as Sri Lanka and Malawi … But the Women Deliver conference also offered a forum for tales of women still dying [from] preventable childbirth deaths and of inadequate access to family planning services for 215 million women worldwide,” the news service writes (Kramer, 6/10).