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G20 Summit Opens In Seoul; Development Plan Announcement Expected

“The world’s biggest rich and emerging powers escalated a war of words over trade and currencies Thursday, as leaders opened a G20 summit [in Seoul, South Korea] struggling to iron out distortions that threaten global growth,” Agence France-Presse reports in an article examining some of the major disputes (Chan-Kyong, 11/11).

Also In Global Health News: Rice Research Initiative; Kala Azar In Sudan; R&D In Developing Countries; Indian Measles Vaccination Campaign

Global Rice Research Initiative Launched At International Rice Congress “The world’s leading rice research institutions are joining forces to improve rice yields and breed improved varieties … to help to secure future affordable food supplies for the world’s poorest people,” Nature News writes in an article that examines the “$600…

Nature News Examines Meningitis Vaccine Program To Roll Out In Africa

Nature News reports on an immunization campaign kicking off in Africa in December that will offer protection to some areas of Africa’s meningitis belt. “Millions will receive a new vaccine, MenAfriVac, that promises protection against the meningococcal bacterium Neisseria meningitides,” the news service writes, noting the effort “is the culmination of ten years’ work by an international consortium to develop a vaccine at a price low enough for massive use in Africa: just US$0.40 a dose.”

Guardian Examines Former Pres. Bush’s Reflection On PEPFAR In New Memoir

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…

Also In Global Health News: Pakistan Flood Relief; Blood Pressure Reader

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) “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.…

World Lung Foundation Report Highlights Prevalence Of Acute Respiratory Infections Worldwide

Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) – such as influenza, pneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – 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,” Lee Myung-bak, the president of the Republic…