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.
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Recent Releases: TB Plans Compared; Seasonal Hunger; Getting Health Workers In Underserved Places; Antiretroviral Drugs To Prevent HIV
Economic Benefits Of Global Plan To Stop TB Examined A study, recently published in the journal Health Affairs, analyzes the costs associated with the Global Plan to Stop TB and compared them to the cost of sustaining the DOTS treatment program. The study finds that the “economic benefits” of the…
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.
In South Africa â€“ “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 â€“ according to findings in the latest District Health Barometer (DHB), an annual report by Health Systems Trust, IRIN reports.
Also In Global Health News: Noncommunicable Disease Network; Tropical Disease Treatments; Maternal Health In Peru; South Asia MDG
WHO Launches International Network To Take On Noncommunicable Disease The WHO on Wednesday launched an international network of leading health organizations and experts from around the world in an effort to “unite” and “scal[e] up world action to combat noncommunicable diseases, which cause some 38 million deaths annually,” Xinhua/People’s Daily…
G8 and leaders from Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and the African Union on Friday announced an agreement to strengthen their partnership to improve access to water in Africa, Ennahar Online reports.
IRIN examines how a “dramatic plunge” in international donor funding for family planning could undermine other health- and humanitarian-related goals, including fighting poverty and hunger.
In addition to acting as life-saving therapy to people living with HIV/AIDS, WHO researchers say antiretrovirals (ARVs) may also be able to prevent the spread of HIV, Health-e/allAfrica.com reports.
Also In Global Health News: Cholera Risk In Zimbabwe; Nigeria MDG; Arab World Development; Chagas Disease
OCHA Report Warns Of Possible, New Cholera Outbreak In Zimbabwe In a report released on Tuesday, the U.N.â€™s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that Zimbabwe remained at risk of a fresh outbreak of cholera when the next rainy season starts in about five months, ZimOnline reports.…
Also In Global Health News: Malnutrition Among Sahrawi Refugees; Ethiopia Malaria Efforts; Child Mortality Drops In Sri Lanka; Media Partnerships In Nigeria
U.N. Releases 1.5M For Sahrawi Refugees The U.N. has released 1.5 million dollars in emergency aid to help the 90,000 Sahrawi refugees who have fled to Algeria, the U.N. development office in Algiers said Sunday, the AFP/Yahoo! Canada News (7/26). Malnutrition among the refugees stands at about 18 percent, according…