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World Bank Commitments During Economic Crisis Reach All-Time High

The World Bank on Wednesday announced it “has committed a record $100 billion in financial support over the past 18 months to help developing countries recover from the global economic crisis,” Reuters reports.

“The bulk of the lending since the onset of the crisis in 2008, about $60.3 billion, was to middle-income countries, which struggled to borrow on global financial markets. Typical lending for these countries had averaged about $15 billion a year before the crisis,” the news service writes. “Meanwhile, loans and grants through the Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries reached $21.2 billion during the crisis … compared to about $12 billion a year prior to the crisis” (Wroughton, 4/8).

Cities, Leaders Worldwide Mark World Health Day

Cities throughout the world are marking World Health Day today by promoting urban health, as part of the WHO’s “1,000 cities, 1,000 lives” campaign, CNN reports (Shaikh, 4/7).

Urbanization, Health Tackled On World Health Day

Several media outlets examine the health risks associated with rapid urbanization around the world – the theme of this year’s World Health Day, to be marked on Wednesday.

Also In Global Health News: E. Africa Counterfeit Drugs; CDC’s EIS; HIV Antibodies; Measles In Zimbabwe; Agriculture In Rwanda; Recovered Global Fund Money

Groups In E. Africa Warn Anti-Counterfeit Policy Will Compromise Patients’ Access To Medicines “East African countries risk not attaining the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on universal treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases if the region’s parliament adopts the anti-counterfeits policy and bill currently under…

World Health Day To Focus On Making Cities Healthier

As part of this year’s World Health Day, the WHO on Wednesday will launch a program to encourage cities to become more healthy to help mitigate the health risks associated with rapid urbanization, Agence France-Presse/Inquirer.net Global Nation reports.

60 Minutes Examines PEPFAR In Uganda

CBS News’ 60 Minutes reports from Uganda about how PEPFAR has helped people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the country and the challenges Uganda still faces in fighting the spread of the virus. The show includes interviews with Peter Mugyenyi of the Joint Clinical Research Center in Kampala, Uganda, and other doctors on the ground, who discuss how HIV-positive children and adults are alive today as a result of PEPFAR and how the program has helped to improve the way Africans view the United States.

TIME Examines Haitians’ Concern About Aid, Recovery

“[A]s crucial as the donor news [from last week's conference in New York] was, many Haitians made homeless by the temblor … have simply tuned out,” TIME reports in an article examining Haitian attitudes to the international reconstruction effort.

Opinions: U.S. Funding For Global Emergencies; Haiti Reconstruction

U.S. Must Ensure Funding For Humanitarian Needs In Global Emergencies In a Politico opinion piece, Dan Glickman, who recently became the president of Refugees International, discusses the importance of U.S. funding for emergencies worldwide. “Recent events have shown how quickly people can be uprooted. The earthquake in Haiti left more…