“Scientists, health workers and community outreach officials in India believe they’re finally on the cusp of a major milestone, the defeat of polio throughout the country,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
President Barack Obama met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Deauville, France, ahead of the G8 summit, ABC News’ “Political Punch” blog reports.
The May 26 issue of Nature explores vaccines, which the journal says “are responsible for some of the world’s greatest public health triumphs.” Though new vaccines for deadly diseases have been developed in the past 10 years, and more are in development, “funding is tight, and unfounded doubts about the safety of vaccines persist.” The issue features stories on polio, measles, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as issues surrounding vaccine rejection and hysteria about risk (5/26).
Lessons Learned About Global Health From 30 Years Of HIV/AIDS: In the CDC’s Emerging Infectious DiseasesÂ (.pdf) journal, Kevin De Cock of the CDC, Harold Jaffe of Emory University and James Curran of the Emory Center for AIDS Research reflect on the emergence of HIV/AIDS 30 years ago this June; the…
The U.S. has pledged an additional $8.5 million to relief efforts in Cote d’Ivoire after post-election violence led to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people and refugees, Devex reports.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday announced 88 new $100,000 grants for “unusual” global health research projects, the Associated Press reports (Blankinship, 4/28).
Tourism And Poverty Reduction: A Guardian Focus podcast examines whether tourism can promote development (Bunting/Sale/Provost, 4/28). African Nations Rightly Proceed With DDT Plans: “Environmental activists inside and outside UNEP love to hate DDT and will seemingly stop at nothing to ensure it is never produced or used. But there is…
Also In Global Health News: Foreign Policy Food Issue; Cash Transfer Program In Zimbabwe; Polio In Pakistan, Burma; African Nutrition Project
Foreign Policy Magazine Focuses on Food, Hunger Foreign Policy magazine’s May/June 2011 edition is titled “The Food Issue,” and features several articles on food- and hunger-related topics. Some of the headlines include: More Than 1 Billion People Are Hungry in the World, The New Geopolitics of Food, and How Food…
Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is in Europe this week “in an effort to persuade Europeans not to cut aid budgets in the face of austerity â€“ and in particular not to reduce spending on vaccinations and agriculture,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Also In Global Health News: Food Shortages In N. Korea; Polio In Sierra Leone, Pakistan; Global Wheat Supply
U.N. Food Agencies Issue Warning About Food Shortages In N. Korea “North Korea’s government food distribution system will run dry in May and put one-quarter of the country’s 24 million residents at risk of starvation,” the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said in a report “sent to diplomats in donor…