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Over $6B Pledged As CGI Annual Meeting Wraps Up

Donors made 291 commitments worth more than $6 billion at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, which wrapped up on Thursday, Reuters reports. “The value of [CGI] pledges for economic empowerment, education, environment, energy and health was $3 billion less than 2009, but the organization said that in previous years one or two big commitments represented a disproportionate share of the whole,” the news service writes. “Since 2005, nearly 2,000 commitments have been made valued at $63 billion” (Nichols, 9/23).

Nature News Examines How Scientists, Farmers Are Working To Meet The Growing Demand For Artemisinin

“From bust to boom to bust again: artemisinin, the key ingredient of front-line antimalarial drugs, is entering the third chapter of its turbulent history,” Nature News writes in an article that examines the challenges scientists and farmers are facing as they attempt to keep up with the growing demand for the compound just as a “$343-million initiative starts to battle malaria through hugely subsidized medicines.”

Opinions: Health And Agriculture; GHI’s Main Ideas; Recommendations To Improve Haiti’s Government; China And The Global Fund

Health, Agriculture Experts Should Collaborate More Often In a SciDev.Net opinion piece, Jeff Waage, director of the London International Development Centre, argues for more collaboration between agriculture and health experts. “The relationship between agriculture and health may seem intuitive and simple – grow more crops and people will have more food…

IPS Explores Why Some Advocates Say Women-Focused MDGs Are Missing The Mark

“A month ahead of the 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review summit at the United Nations, some women’s groups are voicing concern that member states’ commitment to women’s issues is insufficient and slowing progress towards gender parity worldwide,” Inter Press Service reports in an article that examines progress towards reaching women-centered MDGs.

Washington Times Examines How U.S. Assesses Corruption In Aid Recipient Countries

The Washington Times continues its coverage of the challenges facing the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) – “the U.S. government agency that provides large-scale grant to … chosen countries to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. … Although MCC says control of corruption is the single most important indicator by which a nation is deemed qualified for aid money, a review of the State Department’s most recent report on human rights reveals that … virtually every country receiving similar grants – has been criticized for government corruption.”

Also In Global Health News: Sanitation In Burkina Faso; Faith-Based Organizations And HIV/AIDS; Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

Burkina Faso Boosts Sanitation Investment To Meet MDG Burkina Faso will build 55,000 latrines each year to “improve access to proper sanitation for the population from the present 10 percent to 54 percent by 2015,” Inter Press Service reports. The health ministry highlighted that lack of access to toilets “leads to illness,…

Obama Administration Releases U.S. MDGs Strategy

Obama Administration officials on Friday unveiled the U.S. government’s strategy to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during a meeting at the U.N. Foundation “that was closed to the press,” Washington Post’s “Checkpoint Washington” blog reports.

Report Says Developing Countries Remain Unprepared For Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment

“Developing countries will bear 60 percent of the world’s cancer burden by 2020 and 70 percent by 2030,” according to a report released Thursday during the World Cancer Congress in Shenzhen, China, Reuters reports. These countries also lack the necessary “infrastructure … to prevent cancer, diagnose it early or provide long-term treatment, according to CanTreat International, which comprises experts from leading international cancer organizations,” the news service writes.