Economist Jeffrey Sachs said Wednesday that the G8 could endanger its credibility if leaders fail to fulfill several “broken multi-billion-dollar pledges” aimed at helping the developing world, Canwest News Service/Vancouver Sun reports.
Programs, Funding & Financing
Two-Day Conference Examines Effectiveness Of U.N. Pilot Program To Coordinate Development Assistance
A two-day conference examining the effectiveness of a pilot program aimed at improving the coherence and effectiveness of U.N. assistance is taking place this week in Ha Noi, Vietnam, South Asian News Agency reports.
Financial Times Examines How GAVI’s $2.6B Shortfall Might Affect New Vaccine Programs In Developing Countries
GAVI Alliance’s plan to introduce new vaccine projects in the developing world “is under threat amid the international economic downturn,” the Financial Times reports. “Subsidies to extend the use of vaccines against rubella, HPV to tackle cervical cancer, cholera and Japanese encephalitis in the developing world are among those likely to be cancelled or delayed, the head of the U.N.-backed” Alliance’s CEO Julian Lob-Levyt said, the newspaper writes.
Opinions: Maintain Fight Against HIV/AIDS; Ending MTCT of HIV; Impact Of U.S. Health Reform On Foreign-Trained Physicians
U.N. Secretary-General Calls For International Community To ‘Rally Around’ Next Generation Of HIV Treatment, Increase SupportÂ For Countries In Need Following a recent trip to the largest HIV/AIDS clinic in Uganda, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reflects on the recent progress made in the fight against the disease in a McClatchy opinion…
Ahead Of International Development Association Meeting, Reuters Examines Aid Prospects For Developing World
Reuters examines the challenges facing the World Bank as it tries to secure aid for the developing world while some of the wealthiest nations are “feeling pinched themselves.”
Seventy-seven countries do not have a blood donation rate high enough to meet “the basic needs for blood transfusions,” reports the Associated Press. The World Health Organization (WHO) released new global data on blood donation for World Blood Donor Day on June 14. “[H]alf of the global blood donations are collected in developed nations, home to only 16 percent of the world’s population,” according to AP (6/11).
New outlets continued to report on the Women Deliver conference, which wrapped up last week. As the conference closed, Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield said advocates would address the economic dimensions of maternal mortality, the BBC reports. “Finance ministers are on our list â€“ and they’re not going to stay safe,” she said. “They don’t always see this as a critical issue. Our economic arguments for investing in women’s health are pretty dramatic.”
The World Customs Organization will sign a declaration to fight the $200-billion-a-year counterfeit drug industry, Reuters reports.
Haitians, International Donors Need To Do Better On Housing “The only thing that seems to be moving relentlessly ahead in Haiti is the weather, with punishing heat and near-daily thunderstorms settling in for the summerÂ â€“ and the hurricane season that just begun,” according to a New York Times editorial highlightingÂ some…
TB Control Strategies Should Target Women, Children A Lancet Comment highlights “unique susceptibilities” to tuberculosis among women and children, who also “might encounter substantial barriers to access appropriate care.” In addition to overall TB control improvement, the article calls for “innovative strategies to advance tuberculosis prevention and treatment in women…