During the WHO’s recent executive board meeting, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan reflected on public health gains over the past decade and the challenges that lie ahead, Nigeria’s Guardian reports. Chan commended the international community’s response to H1N1 and global efforts to reduce child mortality, fight malaria and tuberculosis.
Programs, Funding & Financing
A new report highlights challenges facing the Obama administration in Africa, including HIV/AIDS, poverty and climate change, VOA News reports. The report, published jointly by Africa Action and Foreign Policy in Focus, notes despite the recent success of programs such as PEPFAR, funding for the program has not increased at levels seen in previous years, the news service writes.
Nine days after a major earthquake struck, “deeply needed aid streamed into Haiti’s ravaged capital in quantities that relief agencies said is a clear sign of progress,” the Miami Herald reports. Roads have been cleared, additional food and water distribution points are available and some new medical clinics are open.
After shrinking in 2009, the world economy is expected to grow in 2010 and 2011, the World Bank predicted in a report issued Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports in a piece that outlines the bank’s predictions (Smith, 1/20).
“Global health projections leave little doubt that chronic diseases are rapidly overtaking infectious diseases, such as malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), as the world’s biggest killers â€“ a shift emphasized by a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report on global health risks,” Reuters writes in a story analyzing the future of drug pricing in the devloping world.
Effective Coordination Required In Haiti, Earthquake Evokes ‘Wider Responsibilities’ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-MoonÂ asserts in a Washington Post opinion pieceÂ that assistance “has poured forth from nations and international organizations commensurate with the scale of this disaster [in Haiti]. … We need to make sure the help that is mobilized gets to…
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)’s chief executive officer Andrew Witty on Tuesday unveiled the company’s plans to allow “free access to its library of 13,500 potential malaria treatments and devote the profits from its experimental [RTS,S] vaccine to battling tropical illnesses that beset poor countries,” Bloomberg reports (Randall, 1/20).
New York Times Examines Innovative Approaches To Tackling Infrastructure Needs In Developing Countries
The New York Times explores efforts across the U.S. to craft and implement affordable solutions to infrastructure problems around the world, and programs geared toward supporting the work of local entrepreneurs to build solutions to the problems on the ground.
A report released Monday finds $260 billion â€“ or 5.59 percent of annual global health spending â€“ is lost annually to health care errors and fraud, Reuters reports. For the study, the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (EHFCN) and the Center for Counter Fraud Services (CCFS) at Britain’s Portsmouth University, “reviewed 69 exercises in 33 organizations in six countries to measure healthcare fraud and error losses,” the news service reports.
Lancet Series Papers Examine Surveillance, Economic Impact Of NTDs “As national programmes respond to the new opportunities presented for scaling up preventive chemotherapy programmes for the coadministration of drugs to target [several neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] possible synergies between existing disease-specific policies and protocols need to be examined,” write the…