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Also In Global Health News: Medical Technology Network In N. Korea; MDR-TB Drug Maker Closes; Global Fund Financing; Zuma’s HIV Test; HIV Vaccine; UNICEF Head’s Term Ends

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,” the Associated Press reports. “WHO has been providing cameras, computers and other equipment to North Korea to help the reclusive,…

World Bank-IMF Report Tracks Impact Of Global Economic Downturn On MDGs

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.

Opinions: G8 Summit; World Malaria Day; Family Planning; Global Food Security Act

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…

Wall Street Journal Examines Changes To Polio Eradication Strategy

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.

PMI Releases 6-Year Malaria Strategy

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] Obama’s Global Health Initiative,” according to a USAID press release (4/22).