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Also In Global Health News: WHO H1N1 Advisory Committee; Malawian President Pardons Gay Couple; Debate Over Mandatory HIV/AIDS Testing; Lancet Child Deaths’ Study Methods; Access To Toilets

WHO Advisory Committee To Discuss Whether To Declare H1N1 Pandemic Over “A panel that advises the World Health Organization on pandemics will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to declare the H1N1[swine] flu outbreak over,” Reuters/New York Times reports (5/31). “The WHO’s latest update on Friday said the most active…

Also In Global Health News: India’s Right To Information Law; Flu Treatment Study; Haiti Food Aid; U.S. Commits $88M To Zambia; Measles In Africa

New York Times Examines India’s Right To Information Law The New York Times examines India’s Right to Information law and how it has “newly empowered” the country’s poor. The law enables citizens to file requests for information on pending housing stipends, government pensions or “almost any information from the government,” according…

Madagascar Faces Challenges In Vaccinating Children

“In Madagascar, pneumonia is responsible for 21 percent of deaths among children under five years old — making it the leading cause of death for this age group,” but “[t]he recent introduction of a vaccine to protect against pneumococcal disease, the leading cause of severe childhood pneumonia, is attempting to…

Voluntary Moratorium On H5N1 Research Ends; Fate Of U.S.-Funded Research Unknown

“Almost a year after they announced it, leading influenza researchers are ending a voluntary moratorium on certain types of controversial experiments involving the H5N1 avian influenza virus,” Science Insider reports (Malakoff, 1/23). “The research touched off a firestorm in 2011 when it became known that two groups, one in the Netherlands and another in…

Have Scientists Thoroughly Addressed Avian Flu Research Concerns?

Noting that researchers recently lifted a nearly yearlong moratorium on H5N1 avian influenza research, put in place “because of safety and terrorism concerns,” a New York Times editorial states, “We wish we could be as sanguine as they are that all the earlier concerns have been dealt with.” The editorial…

UNICEF Report Highlights Gains In Child Health, While 1B Still Lack Essential Services

A special edition of UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children report, released 20 years after the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, shows that “fewer youngsters are dying and more are going to school – but an estimated 1 billion still lack services essential to their survival and development,” the Associated Press reports.