“With the World Bank expected to announce a new funding package for the world’s poorest countries Wednesday, NGOs are making a last-minute appeal to donor countries to use their leverage to compel reforms at the institution,” Inter Press Service reports in an article examining the changes being requested and considered.
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WHO Report Shows Significant Progress In Global Malaria Fight, Highlights Need for Continued Funding
Since 2008, global malaria control efforts have “helped reduce infections across Africa and [eliminate] the disease in Morocco and Turkmenistan, but a slowdown in funding risks undoing those achievements,” according to the WHO’s annual malaria report, which was released on Tuesday, Reuters reports (Nebehay, 12/14).
Kangaroo Care Could Help Mothers In Poor Settings To Save Their Babies New York Times contributing writer Tina Rosen, on the newspaper’s “Opinionator” blog, examines the success of a system known as kangaroo care, which has helped to improve the survival rates of premature infants by using skin-to-skin contact with…
Also In Global Health News: Drought In Middle East; HIV/AIDS, TB In Indonesia; MSF Warnings Over Needs Of HIV/AIDS Patients; Non-Profit At Work In Uganda
IPS Examines Impact Of Drought On Farmers In Middle East Inter Press Service examines the effects a “devastating drought this fall” has had on farmers in the Middle East, particularly those living in Syria. Once “[a] large wheat exporter, the drought’s impact has now forced the agriculturally self-reliant Syrian government…
Reuters examines the effort to create an effective malaria vaccine and asks: “[I]s the vaccine â€“ and the global health community’s aim of completely eradicating a disease that kills a child every 45 seconds â€“ really worth the money?”
“It’s not only biologists, philanthropists and donor governments who are needed to make vaccine projects in poor countries work. Financial engineers â€¦ also have a role,” Reuters writes in an article that examines how “a new kind of bond issue” is helping to support the GAVI Alliance.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday “warned Haiti its foreign aid is being imperiled by political stalemate following disputed elections, spelling more trouble for a nation struggling to recover from a huge earthquake and cholera epidemic,” Agence France-Presse reports.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Friday appealed to international donors to join them in an effort to fight medicine theft, SAPA/News24 reports.
“The European Union and India resolved a dispute over generic drugs on Friday which should remove obstacles to Indian drugs manufacturers exporting products to the developing world, officials said,” Reuters reports in an article that describes the customs regulations previously in place that led “to numerous seizures of generic drugs shipments in transit from India to countries in South America via Europe.”
“Africa is struggling to turn local discoveries into drugs and other health care inventions,” according to studies published in Science and BMC International Health and Human Rights, Nature News reports (Nordling, 12/12).