Experts attending the International Rice Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday called for imminent action to change inefficient farming methods and expand the global rice supply “in order to prevent rising poverty and hunger,” Agence France-Presse reports (11/9).
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The Guardian examines the reflections of former President George W. Bush on “the $15bn President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) which distributed antiretroviral drugs to keep people with HIV alive,” as the president describes in his recently released memoir, Decision Points.
Also In Global Health News: Congo Polio Outbreak; Aid Groups Ordered Closed In Afghanistan; Subsidized Malaria Drugs In Kenya; Gates Grand Challenges; Contraception In The Philippines
Polio Outbreak In Congo Leads To Emergency Immunization Effort “Eighty-five deaths and 184 cases of paralysis were reported in the port city of Pointe Noire, the epicenter of the Republic of Congo’s first polio outbreak in a decade, the World Health Organization said in a statement yesterday,” Bloomberg reports. “The…
U.S. Gives $90M To WFP For Pakistan Flood Relief A $90 million donation from the U.S. to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP)Â “will help prevent a reduction in food aid to millions of people affected by the recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan,” the Associated Press of Pakistan reports. “The U.S.…
Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) â€“ such as influenza, pneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) â€“ cause 4.25 million deaths each year often among young children in developing countries, according to the Acute Respiratory Infections Atlas, which was released on Tuesday by the World Lung Foundation, Reuters reports (11/9).
Opinions: G20 Development Approach; Defense Of DDT For Malaria Control; U.S. Foreign Aid; Human Trafficking
G20 Development Plans Must Expand Economic Growth Of World’s Poorest Countries Leaders have been “debating how to ‘rebalance’ the global economy and reform financial institutions – all challenging subjects. But I also am reminding my colleagues that all these goals, however crucial, are insufficient,”Â Lee Myung-bak, the president of the Republic…
Sec. Clinton Highlights Importance Of U.S.-Australia Partnership To Reduce Violence Against Women Worldwide
As part of her two-week Asia-Pacific tour, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Australia on Saturday, where she called for increased cooperation between Australia and the U.S. to help drive down violence against women globally, Bloomberg reports. “Clinton has stressed throughout her trip that better treatment of, and opportunities for, women improve a nation’s economic and social prospects,” the news service writes (Gaouette, 11/6).
“G20 leaders meeting in Seoul this week are being asked to commit to plans for a ‘Robin Hood Tax’ on financial transactions,” politics.co.uk reports. “A letter signed by 183 organisations from 42 countries, including members of the U.K.-based Robin Hood Tax campaign, is being sent to leaders to convince them to agree to taxing international financial transactions,” the news service (11/8).
The New Yorker examines the challenges associated with treating tuberculosis across the world and looks at whether a rapid diagnostic test could prevent millions of deaths from the disease. “Vaccines and antibiotics have long been seen as touchstones of medical progress. To stop tuberculosis, however, particularly in the developing world, an accurate diagnostic exam is needed even more. In India, China, and Africa, at least two billion people have latent infections. Yet every day thousands are told, mistakenly, that they are sick and need treatment,” the magazine notes.
During a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, President Barack Obama announced a new partnership between U.S. and Indian agriculture sectors to help improve food security globally, Press Trust International/Livemint.com reports (11/8). India is the first country on Obama’s 10-day Asia-Pacific tour that began Saturday, IST/Reuters/Economic Times reports (11/7).