Former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are visiting Haiti on Monday “to spotlight the dramatic need ahead of a critical March 31 U.N. donors conference in New York, where Haitian officials will ask for $11.5 billion in reconstruction help,” the Associated Press/New York Times reports. “It is the first joint visit to the impoverished Caribbean nation for the two former leaders, who were tasked by President Barack Obama with leading the U.S. fundraising effort” after the January 12 earthquake according to the news service.
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Haiti Rebuilding Assessment Calls For Health Improvements; U.S., International Donors Continue Long-Term Reconstruction Efforts
“An assessment [for rebuilding Haiti after the January earthquake] prepared by foreign experts for the U.N. … calls for a system that guarantees universal access to primary care, quality services and essential medication,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Canadian Prime Minister Says He’s Open To Including Contraception In G8 Plan For Improving Maternal, Child Health
“Facing a squall of condemnation from aid groups and opposition politicians,” following statements by Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon that Canada’s G8 maternal and child health initiative would not include family planning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper “disavowed his foreign minister Thursday, promising that the federal government would include contraception programs in its maternal-health foreign-aid initiative,” the Globe and Mail reports.
Global funding for efforts to fight malaria, which stood at $2 billion at the end of 2009, have “helped to contain the disease,” but is “far short of the estimated $6 billion required annually to expand” efforts to fight it, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. The statements came as the partnership released a report (.pdf) that examined a decade’s worth of global funding for malaria and its impact on fighting the disease (Hardach, 3/18).
There were an estimated 440,000 cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) around the world in 2008 â€“ one-third of which were fatal, according to a new WHO report on drug-resistant TB, the Los Angeles Times reports (Maugh, 3/19). The WHO report, based on data from 2008, found that almost half of all drug-resistant TB cases were in China and India, Reuters reports (Fox, 3/18).
Lancet Study Finds Level Of HIV Services For IDUs ‘Is Poor In Many Countries’ A Lancet studyÂ performed a systematic review ofÂ HIV prevention and treatment services targeting injecting drug users (IDUs) globallyÂ basedÂ on the availability of “core interventions for IDUs: needle and syringe programmes (NSPs), opioid substitution therapy (OST) and other drug…
Also In Global Health News: Drought In S. China; Images Of TB; Kenya’s Population Growth, Poverty; Sanitation Problems In Cambodia; Drug Development
Over 20M In S. China Face Water Shortages Due To Drought Chinese state media on Thursday reported regions of southern China “are suffering from the worst drought in decades, leaving millions of people with inadequate water and huge areas of farmland too dry to plant,” the Associated Press reports. “More…
FDA Drafts New Rules For Testing, Approving Drug Cocktails; Public-Private Partnership For TB Treatment Development Launched
The FDA is drafting new guidelines for testing and approving multidrug cocktails for life-threatening diseases, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Many diseases, such as AIDS, tuberculosis and cancer, require multidrug combinations. Such drug cocktails can prevent the development of drug resistance, because the microbe or cancer cell needs to undergo more mutations to escape several drugs than to escape just one. By attacking the disease in different ways, drug combinations also improve the chances of therapeutic benefit,” the newspaper reports (Schoofs, 3/18).
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah was in Seattle on Tuesday to speak at the annual Life Science Innovation Northwest conference, the Seattle Times’ blog, “The Business of Giving,” reports. The blog outlines the Obama administration’s global health and development goals, including the six-year $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI), as well as some of the challenges facing Shah at USAID.
Foreign Aid Is A Smart Investment Although “foreign assistance is a very small proportion of the overall budget, its effectiveness is both measurable and priceless,” Sheila Nix, the executive director of ONE, writes in a Roll Call opinion piece. “These investments are helping shape a world where no one dies…