A group of over 2,500 leading water experts from 130 countries gathered in Stockholm on Sunday to kick off World Water Week, where they will focus on “increasing water pollution and dwindling water quality around the globe,” Agence France-Presse reports (Larson, 9/5).
Programs, Funding & Financing
Global Fund Investigates Allegations That Donated Malaria Drugs Were Stolen, Resold In Some African Countries
After recent research found that some donated malaria drugs are being stolen and sold commercially in several African countries, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Communications Director Joe Liden said the group is looking into the situation “in a number of countries,” PBS’ NewsHour’s blog, “The Rundown” reports.
The deaths of four million of the world’s poorest children over 10 years could have been avoided if governments had not turned “a blind eye” to the neediest children, said a report from Save the Children, released on Tuesday, the U.K. Press Association reports (9/6).
Opinions: U.S. Commitment To Global Fund; Innovative Financing; Global Food Security; Aid For Pakistan
U.S.Â Global Fund Commitment A Times of Trenton editorial looks at the work of the Global Fund toÂ Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is “estimated to have already saved 5 million lives, enables programs that prevent and treat infections, eliminate the transmission of HIV from pregnant women to their unborn children,…
“The IMF and the World Bank have stepped up aid to flood-hit Pakistan to help the country cope with its worst-ever humanitarian disaster,” Agence France-Presse reports.
VOA News examines President Barack Obama’s $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI), noting the initiative’s emphasis on cost-effective strategies to improve child- and maternal-health as well as programs to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
“A group of 60 nations, including France, Britain and Japan, will propose at the U.N. [summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] this month that a tax be introduced on international currency transactions to raise funds for development aid, ministers said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports (Irish, 9/1).
Lancet Editorial Makes Recommendations For Health-System Strengthening “There is strong consensus in the global health community, among donors, recipient countries, and policy makers, about the need for health system strengthening in low-income and middle-income countries,” write the authors of a Lancet Comment. The article recommends areas in health-system strengthening that…
Inter Press Service examines how some African countries are benefiting from the global agriculture fund the G8 pledged $22 billion to in July 2009. According to the article, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which seeks to boost African spending on agriculture to foster more growth, “has received a major boost as several countries have begun drawing” on the G8 money.
Regional Director Of WHO Africa Warns Of Impact Global Financial Situation Will Have On Health Systems, MDGs
Regional Director of WHO for Africa Luis Sambo discussed during the 60th session of the Africa Committee of the WHO how the global economic situation could impact funding for health programs in Africa and the ability for countries to reach U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports.