African leaders focused on the theme of the 15th African Union (AU) Summit on Sunday: maternal and infant mortality on the continent.
MDGs/Post-2015 MDG Agenda
Heads of state from the African Union (AU) started a three-day meeting in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday as part of the 15th AU Summit, People’s Daily Online reports.
African countries should focus on preventing diarrhea â€“ the biggest killer of children in Africa â€“ in order to achieve Millennium Development Goal targets, Yunia Musaazi, WaterAid’s East Africa policy advisor, told delegates at the 15th African Union (AU) Summit, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports.
Inter Press Service reports on a recent symposium on access to medicine, “jointly hosted by the WHO, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).”
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Though Bangladesh is “on track” to meet most of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets laid out by the U.N., “many female-focused targets, including maternal mortality are lagging far behind,” writes Women’s eNews.
“[T]he United States needs a national strategy to clarify the goals of foreign aid, trade policy consistent with those goals, an easier process for small businesses to participate and support for international education programs,” according to a set of recommendations for improving the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid assistance released Tuesday by the Seattle-based non-profit Global Washington, the Seattle Times reports.
A new device which simulates childbirth on a real woman could helpÂ train health workers to deliver babies and deal with complications, according toÂ the Washington Post, which adds thatÂ the $100 low-tech “frontpack”Â is called “‘MamaNatalie,’ a name that plays on ‘natalis,’ which means ‘pertaining to birth’ in Latin.”Â Â “The abdomen is made…
“The world’s anti-poverty gains achieved over the past years are being eroded by the presence of multiple crises, including an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, increased food [in]security, oil prices volatility and climate change,” according to a report released Monday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the opening of an annual high-level segment of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Bermana reports.
Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, scheduled to kick off July 18, health experts on Monday called for a rethinking of international drug policies to incorporate greater scientific evidence and increase access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, the Associated Press reports (6/28).