BMJ News reports on South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s visit to the U.S. last week, where he spoke at a forum in Washington, D.C., on the efforts the government is making to promote HIV prevention and treatment and improve the country’s health system. The publication notes that the health ministry has set a goal of testing the HIV status of 15 million people in the country by the end of the year â€“ “nearly a third of its population of 50 million.”
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday spoke about the role universities can play in empowering women worldwide during an address to students and academic leaders gathered in Philadelphia for the fifth Global Colloquium of University Presidents, the Associated Press reports (Matheson, 4/4).
Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is in Europe this week “in an effort to persuade Europeans not to cut aid budgets in the face of austerity â€“ and in particular not to reduce spending on vaccinations and agriculture,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
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Radiation’s Effect On Health; Aid Distribution In Japan In light of the damage to nuclear reactors atÂ Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant, the New York Times examines how increased radiation exposure affects human health. “Certain levels of radiation exposure are known to increase the risk of cancer, but scientists disagree about…
“Worldwide breast cancer incidence and mortality are expected to increase by 50 percent from 2002 and 2020 â€“ and those rates will be highest in developing nations,” according to a review article published Friday in Lancet Oncology that describes several challenges low- and middle-income countries face in diagnosing and treating such conditions, the Huffington Post reports. The review features a series of recommendations, generated from discussions and reports presented during the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) meeting last year, which drew together more than 150 health experts from 43 countries to discuss breast cancer management in low- and middle-resource countries (LMCs).
The fourth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) kicked off Monday in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo, to raise awareness about the “sanitation crisis in the region,” Xinhua reports (4/3).
“A few nonprofit groups have recently announced plans to wind down, not over financial problems but because their missions are nearly finished,” the New York Times reports, noting that though the number of organizations closing shop “for mission-related reasons is too small to call a trend. … the novelty of organizations going out of business once their work is done has attracted attention.”
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High Rates of Cardiac, Psychiatric Illnesses In New Orleans Show Implications For Other Post-Disaster Areas The health effects of major natural disasters can continue to affect populations years after the occurrence, according to a study showing New Orleans residents continued to experience a threefold increase in heart attacks and increased…
Midwife Shortage In Developing Countries Contributing To Deaths Of Mothers, Infants, Save The Children Report Says
The deaths of more than one million mothers and newborns could be prevented if the shortage of 350,000 trained midwives in developing countries could be met, according to a Save the Children report (.pdf) released on Friday, Reuters reports.
House Subcommittee Approves Bill Calling For Report On USAID’s Efforts To Address Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak
The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on Thursday “approved by voice vote a bill (HR 1016) that would require the Obama administration to report to Congress within six months on the handling of U.S. funds for combating a cholera outbreak that occurred after last year’s earthquake in Haiti,” CQ reports.