Scientific American examines the interface between climate change and human health, writing, “WHO research suggests that current warming of global average temperatures of just under one degree Celsius is responsible for an additional 150,000 deaths per year, largely due to agricultural failures and diarrheal disease in developing countries. … As a result, WHO — and a consortium of other public health organizations — declared climate change to be among the most pressing emerging health issues in the world at the recent climate negotiations … in South Africa.”
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As world nutrition experts gather this week at the WHO headquarters to discuss ways to fight global malnutrition, VOA News examines the growing issues of “undernutrition and obesity, which affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide.”
Chinese health officials this week announced the country will move forward in May with a ban on smoking in all indoor public spaces “in an effort to shield the world’s most populous nation … from the harmful effects of the habit,” Reuters reports. The plan will “require businesses to display prominent no-smoking signs, forbid vending machines from selling cigarettes and ensure that designated outdoor smoking zones not affect pedestrian traffic, according to a ministry statement reported in Chinese media on Thursday,” the news service writes (Wee, 3/24).
Main Take-Aways From GHME: Reflections on last week’s Global Health Metrics & Evaluation (GHME) conference in Seattle, Washington appeared in several blogs and a Lancet column: Lancet: Offline: Where was Europe? (Horton, 3/26) Karen Grepin’s “Global Health Blog”: A trip to the inside of the Global Health Sausage Factory (3/22)…
Also In Global Health News: Cancer In Developing Countries; Preventing Deaths From Diarrhea; Food, Drug, Medical Personnel Shortages In Libya; Benefits Of Electronic Health Records In Kenya
Scientific American Features Q&A With Paul Farmer On Rise Of Cancer In Developing Countries Scientific American this month features a Q&A with Harvard medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, who cofounded the group Partners In Health, on the rise of cancer in developing countries. According to the magazine, last October, Farmer “and…
Science Magazine reports on the recent push to make preventing and treating cancer a global priority, particularly in developing countries, where it’s estimated “less than 5% of the world’s cancer resources are [currently] spent.”
A study published on Tuesday in the Lancet found that in a reversal of historical trends, “death rates among adolescents are now higher than in children,” Reuters reports.
Opinions: Reforms At USAID; Focus on Disease Prevention, Not Earthquake-Related Death Prevention; Fight NCDs In Developing Countries; Cash On Delivery; Destroy Smallpox Stocks; Global Health Funding Cuts’ Affect On Women; Budget Cuts Will Erode Family Planning Programs
USAID Needs Time, Resources To Succeed During these tight fiscal times, “we need to modernize our International Affairs programs with a greater emphasis on transparency, accountability and effectiveness” in order to “be fiscally responsible and still make the critical investments we need in our International Affairs Budget,” former Rep. Mark…
HIV Research Funding: President and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Seth Berkley writes in a post on The Hill’s “Congress Blog”:Â “U.S. government support for research into HIV preventionÂ â€“ most notably an AIDS vaccineÂ â€“ has been crucial to seeding what scientists are calling a prevention revolution. Without it, we…
WHA Participants Discuss Smallpox, Hear Draft Plan On Maternal And Child Health, Endorse Resolutions on AIDS, NCDs
Representatives of member nations at the World Health Assembly in Geneva “on Monday held a stormy discussion on the future of smallpox virus samples, which Russia and the United States are seeking to preserve while others want them destroyed,” Agence France-Presse reports.