After shrinking in 2009, the world economy is expected to grow in 2010 and 2011, the World Bank predicted in a report issued Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports in a piece that outlines the bank’s predictions (Smith, 1/20).
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“Global health projections leave little doubt that chronic diseases are rapidly overtaking infectious diseases, such as malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), as the world’s biggest killers â€“ a shift emphasized by a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report on global health risks,” Reuters writes in a story analyzing the future of drug pricing in the devloping world.
Effective Coordination Required In Haiti, Earthquake Evokes ‘Wider Responsibilities’ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-MoonÂ asserts in a Washington Post opinion pieceÂ that assistance “has poured forth from nations and international organizations commensurate with the scale of this disaster [in Haiti]. … We need to make sure the help that is mobilized gets to…
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)’s chief executive officer Andrew Witty on Tuesday unveiled the company’s plans to allow “free access to its library of 13,500 potential malaria treatments and devote the profits from its experimental [RTS,S] vaccine to battling tropical illnesses that beset poor countries,” Bloomberg reports (Randall, 1/20).
New York Times Examines Innovative Approaches To Tackling Infrastructure Needs In Developing Countries
The New York Times explores efforts across the U.S. to craft and implement affordable solutions to infrastructure problems around the world, and programs geared toward supporting the work of local entrepreneurs to build solutions to the problems on the ground.
A report released Monday finds $260 billion â€“ or 5.59 percent of annual global health spending â€“ is lost annually to health care errors and fraud, Reuters reports. For the study, the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (EHFCN) and the Center for Counter Fraud Services (CCFS) at Britain’s Portsmouth University, “reviewed 69 exercises in 33 organizations in six countries to measure healthcare fraud and error losses,” the news service reports.
Lancet Series Papers Examine Surveillance, Economic Impact Of NTDs “As national programmes respond to the new opportunities presented for scaling up preventive chemotherapy programmes for the coadministration of drugs to target [several neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] possible synergies between existing disease-specific policies and protocols need to be examined,” write the…
At the White House on Thursday, President Barack Obama “promised $100 million along with more American troops for the relief effort in Haiti, vowing that the United States would stand with the impoverished nation as it grappled with the devastation of its capital city,” the New York Times reports. According to the newspaper, Obama “said the financial aid was only a first installment and would grow over the coming year. ‘Help is arriving,’ he said. ‘Much, much more help is on the way'” (Cooper, 1/14).
“Aid started flowing into Haiti Wednesday in the wake of the earthquake that slammed the impoverished nation late Tuesday afternoon,” CNN reports. “One of two [U.S] military cargo planes carrying a 30-man assessment team arrived at Port-au-Prince airport Wednesday evening to assess Haiti’s needs.” The article outlines aid groups’ strategy for coordinating efforts and also lists countries’ contributions to relief efforts (1/14).
Government Releases Family Planning Survey In Philippines A government survey in the Philippines “found 73 percent of married women would use birth control if it were available, 22 percentage points higher than the 51 percent that did use such methods,” Agence France-Presse reports. The country is facing a rapid population…