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WHO Director-General Pushes For Sustained Commitment To MDGs At World Health Assembly

During her opening address to the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan called for increased global efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Pana/Afrique en ligne reports. Chan also set-up several global health challenges to be addressed during the five-day meeting, according to the news service.

USAID’s Shah On Six-Day Visit To Africa

“[O]n his first visit to Africa since taking charge as the administrator of USAID in January,” Rajiv Shah said in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday that the agency “is working to make Africa a bigger priority within the organization,” the Associated Press writes. USAID, which “funds and runs programs to improve health, food security, democracy and entrepreneurship in Africa,” has offices in 23 countries on the continent, according to the AP (5/15).

Five-Day World Health Assembly Meeting Kicks Off In Geneva

The annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) convened on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/Monsters and Critics.com reports. According to the news service, influenza vaccines, the fight against tuberculosis, intellectual property and reducing counterfeit drugs will be discussed (4/17).

To Achieve MDGs, Economic Policies Must Help Poor, UNDP Head Says

Economic policies that help the poor will bring the world closer to meeting the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] – “[g]lobal targets to halve poverty and improve basic health by 2015,” Helen Clark, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) administrator, said Friday at the end of a four-nation tour of Africa, Agence France-Presse reports.

Science Special Issue Reports On Malaria

This week’s issue of Science features news articles focusing on recent progress on malaria control in Africa and discussing future challenges, including drug resistance.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Adopt Draft Code Of Health Personnel Recruitment At WHA, Lancet Comment Says As the 193 WHO member states gather at next week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) “a draft global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel will be on the agenda. Negotiation and adoption of a WHO…

Reuters AlertNet Analyzes Humanitarian Aid Debate

Reuters AlertNet analysizes a recent debate that addressed the complexities and challenges associated with humanitarian aid. The panel included two authors who have written about the topic. “Humanitarian principles and the reality of delivering aid in poor and often lawless environments create real dilemmas for relief workers, difficulties discussed in two recently published books, ‘War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times’ by journalist Linda Polman and ‘The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War’ by aid worker Conor Foley,” the news service writes.

Sec. Of State Clinton Pledges Support For Afghan Women During Pres. Karzai Visit

During a meeting with women ministers from Afghanistan on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “promised aid for female education, maternal and other health services, protection of women from violence, and for enhancing their roles in agriculture and the economy,” Agence France-Presse reports.

India, Brazil Launch Trade Dispute Against EU, Netherlands Over Seizures Of Generic Drugs

“India and Brazil launched a trade dispute against the European Union and the Netherlands on Wednesday, saying their seizures of generic drugs were hurting healthcare in poor countries and disrupting international trade,” Reuters reports. “India said the repeated seizures were based on allegations of the infringement of intellectual property rights in the country of transit, even though the generic drugs in question were legal in their countries of origin and destination,” according to the news service.