Canada on Monday at a meeting of G8 development ministers in Halifax, Canada, said its maternal and child health initiative, which is expected to be a “centerpiece issue” at the G8 summit in late June, will not include funding for abortion, the Associated Press/Washington Post (Gillies, 4/26).
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N. Korea Launches Medical Video Conference Network North Korea on Tuesday formally launched a medical video conference network “aimed at giving smaller, rural hospitals access to specialists in the capital Pyongyang,”Â the Associated Press reports. “WHO has been providing cameras, computers and other equipment to North Korea to help the reclusive,…
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Reuters Examines HIV/AIDSÂ Prevention Strategies Targeting IDUs”Countries in eastern Europe and central Asia face spiralling AIDS epidemics if they fail to help people who inject drugs and stop the spread of infection, [Michel Sidibe,] the head of the United Nations agency for HIV/AIDS said on Friday,” Reuters reports in a piece…
Though the global economic crisis has slowed the pace of efforts to reduce poverty in developing countries, the countries remain “on track” to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve extreme poverty by 2015, a World Bank Group and IMF report says.
To Improve Maternal, Child Health, Focus On Improving Nutrition As G8 development leaders gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this week to discuss priorities for the upcoming summit, Josette Sheeran, executive director of the WFP, calls for world leaders to focus on the nutritional needs of mothers and children in developing…
The Wall Street Journal examines upcoming changes to the global strategy to eradicate polio with a focus on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s role in fighting the disease. “[O]rganizations behind the polio fight,” which include the WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and the CDC, “plan to announce a major revamp of their strategy to address shortcomings exposed by” the increasing number of polio outbreaks in “countries believed to have stopped the disease.” The plan is expected to be announced next week.
The U.S. Treasury Thursday announced $880 million in contributions from the U.S., Canada, Spain, South Korea and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the new World Bank-hosted Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, Reuters reports (Lawder, 4/22).
“Sixteen countries in West and Central Africa are in the throes of a measles outbreak, at a time when there is a shortfall in funding for vaccination campaigns against the disease, two U.N. agencies said in a joint statement on Thursday,” Reuters AlertNet reports (Fominyen, 4/22).
The U.S. government Thursday released a six-year strategy to address malaria globally, Reuters reports (Fox, 4/22). The plan was issued through the President’s Malaria Initiative(PMI) in conjunction with World Malaria Day, April 25, and is a “core component of President [Barack] Obamaâ€™s Global Health Initiative,” according to a USAID press release (4/22).
“A year after the emergence of swine flu [H1N1], U.S. health authorities and laboratories say the pandemic illustrated the need for new vaccine production techniques that are faster and more reliable,” Agence France-Presse writes in an article that examines the challenges associated with current vaccine development practices and plans for future development.