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Also In Global Health News: Venezuela Voids Pharma Patents; Namibia Sanitation; Mapping Disease With Satellites; Zimbabwe Health Funding

Venezuela To Void Some Pharmaceutical Patents Commerce Minister Eduardo Saman on Saturday said Venezuela plans to void some pharmaceutical patents and allow domestic manufacturers to produce licensed medicines, the AP/Buffalo News reports. “Saman said the measure is aimed at making the interests of powerful drug companies secondary to the needs…

Namibia Close To Reaching Some MDGs

Namibia’s recently released second MDG Report 2008 finds that the country is making progress toward achieving some of the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.

‘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.

Devex Interviews European Commissioner For Development On Post-2015 Agenda

“At a Brussels event on Tuesday, Andris Piebalgs, the European commissioner for development, presented recommendations by a high-level U.N. advisory panel on post-2015 global development to an audience of researchers, aid officials and representatives from civil society and E.U. member states,” Devex reports, and provides a transcript of an interview…

Al Jazeera’s ‘South2North’ Reports On Maternal Health In Africa

Al Jazeera’s “South2North” reports on “maternal health and the impact it has on children, women and the communities in which they live” in Africa, noting, “A recent African Union report shows sub-Saharan Africa is trailing behind its 2015 Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent.” According to…

Globe And Mail Profiles World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Globe and Mail correspondent Kevin Carmichael profiles Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank and former “point man on HIV/AIDS” for the WHO, noting that in 2003, “he rallied the world’s governments to endorse ['3 by 5,'] an audacious plan to treat three million [people living with HIV] with…

‘Power Africa’ Initiative Holds Promise, But Obama Must Follow Through

“President Obama’s ‘Power Africa’ initiative, unveiled during his recent trip there, has the potential to make a major impact on a continent where millions of people — including more than two-thirds of those in the sub-Saharan region — live every day without reliable access to affordable electricity,” a New York…

Science, Engineering Education Important For Public Health Capacity

“The path to development in all geographies goes through higher education. In particular, sustainable development in meeting the public health challenges relies heavily on reliable local capacity of doctors, nurses and public health professionals,” Muhammad Zaman, director of the Laboratory of Engineering Education and Development at Boston University, writes in…