CNN examines the work of a Harvard University chemistry professor to “shrink a medical laboratory onto a piece of paper that’s the size of a fingerprint and costs about a penny.” According to George Whitesides, who created a prototype of the inexpensive paper “chip,” the technology could be used to diagnose such diseases as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries.
Programs, Funding & Financing
The BBC examines the recent efforts by microfinance institutions (MFIs) to “provide a credit lifeline to millions of deprived people in some of the poorest countries of the world,” especially women. The piece describes the work of the non-profit Women’s World Banking (WWB), which, together with several MFIs focusing on women, is holding workshops across South Asia.
News Outlets Examine Electricity, Customs Hurdles For Foreign Aid, Potential Malaria Increase In Haiti
Since a major earthquake hit Haiti last month, “power has returned to nearly half” of the neighborhoods around Port-au-Prince, but the rebuilding of the country’s power system “is starting almost from scratch,” the Associated Press/New York Times write in an article examining the prospects for Haiti’s electric utility.
Also In Global Health News: Maize Loss In Zimbabwe; Preterm, Stillbirth Research; Public Health Insurance In Kenya
Dry Spell In Zimbabwe Forces Government To Declare 11 Percent Of Maize Crop A ‘Write-Off’ According to a crop assessment report released Wednesday, “Zimbabwe’s government has declared 11 percent of its 2009/10 planted maize crop a write-off after it was badly damaged by a dry spell, and repeated calls for…
Radio Australia Interviews Global Fund Executive Director Radio Australia examines the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s push for more funding from Australia and China. Global Fund Executive Director “Michel Kazatchkine is currently touring the world’s capitals seeking renewed government pledges to build on an already impressive record…
A Senate Foreign Relations Committee report, written by two Senate staffers, who just returned from Haiti where they assessed relief efforts, draws attention to “immediate shelter and sanitation concerns” and voices “concern about the coordination of Washington’s U.S. government response to Haiti,” Politico’s Laura Rozen writes on her blog. A link to the text of the report appears on Politico’s Web site.
PBS’ “Religion & Ethics” looks at the U.S. government’s “long history of trying to help poor countries get out of poverty. Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has given or loaned 150 countries more than a trillion dollars worth of aid, not counting military assistance or the work of private charities and nongovernmental organizations, many of them faith-based. We wondered what the lessons are in all this experience for, as they say, ‘fixing Haiti.'”
Blog: Goosby Reflects On U.S. Response To Global HIV/AIDS At CROI The Infectious Diseases Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby’s recent address to the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) where he reemphasized the Obama administration’s commitment to “‘maintaining, extending…
Sen. Cardin Examines How Violence Against Women Exacerbates Health, Economic Conditions “Violence against women is a global epidemic, threatening the lives and safety of women and girls around the world,” Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, writes in a Baltimore Sun opinion piece in which heÂ asserts…
U.S. Congressional Delegation In Zimbabwe To Assess Power Sharing Agreement, Economic Reform, Humanitarian Assistance
A congressional delegation “met Thursday with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Finance Minister Tendai Biti to discuss progress in fully implementing the September 2008 Global Political Agreement for power sharing and on reforms by the Harare unity government,” VOA News reports (Zulu, 2/18).