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African Heads Of State Meet To Address Maternal Mortality, MDG 5 Goal

African “heads of state gathered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the African Union Summit met at a side event on Sunday, Jan. 27 to renew their commitment to reducing the maternal mortality rate on the continent,” Inter Press Service reports. The news service notes the 2009 launch of CARMMA,…

Women, Girls Central To Global Health, Development Agendas

Noting the U.N. Millennium Development Goals created in 2000 and the process to determine development goals for 2030, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[W]e have seen the importance of investing in women and girls and keeping them at…

Learning From Development, Global Health Failures Critical For Program Successes

Noting that many development agencies and organizations publicly “documen[t] their triumphs and innovations,” Sam Loewenberg, a 2012 Nieman Foundation global health reporting fellow at Harvard University, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, “Global health and development projects frequently go off course, and it’s not unusual for them to fail…

British Development Secretary Says Growing Consensus That Women, Girls ‘Core Part’ Of Post-2015 Development Agenda

“Following meetings of the U.N. High-Level Panel (HLP) on Thursday, Britain’s international development secretary, Justine Greening, said there was growing consensus that women and girls ‘are a core part’ of the poverty alleviation framework being discussed in Monrovia,” the Guardian reports, noting the HLP concluded its meeting on February 1. “Greening added that…

Integrating NCD Efforts Into Larger ‘Sustainability Agenda’

“The time has come for the ‘[non-communicable disease (NCD)] agenda’ to be integrated with the broader ‘sustainability agenda,’ and this was the focus of a joint meeting this week between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Lancet,” Richard Smith, director of the United Health Group’s chronic…

‘Impossible’ For Pakistan To Achieve Maternal, Infant MDGs, Doctors Say

Doctors at a seminar at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in Karachi, Pakistan, on Monday said that at the current rate, it will be impossible for Pakistan to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to child mortality and maternal health by 2015, the International News reports.

World Poverty Gains Reduced, Countries Unlikely To Achieve Most MDGs, U.N. Report Says

The global economic downturn has “reversed a 20-year decline in world poverty” and could “add up to 90 million to the ranks of the hungry in 2009, an increase of six percent over current totals,” according to a U.N. report on the Millennium Development Goals, which U.N. Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon launched in Geneva on Monday, Reuters reports.

Health Indicators In South Africa Vary By District, Report Indicates

In South Africa – “the quality of health care, including access to HIV prevention and testing services,” largely depends on which of the country’s 52 districts a resident lives in – according to findings in the latest District Health Barometer (DHB), an annual report by Health Systems Trust, IRIN reports.

Reviewing Progress On Inclusion Of NCDs In Development Goals

In a post in the BMJ Group Blogs, Katy Cooper, senior project manager at C3 Collaborating for Health, describes “what is happening around the global framework on non-communicable diseases, and how NCDs link into discussions on the successors to the Millennium Development Goals (due to expire in 2015) and the proposed…

Africa Marks Day Of The African Child

In Africa, “[t]housands” of children participated in activities in observance of the Day of the African Child, IRIN reports.