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Three-Day Meeting In Kenya Examines Ways To Bolster Disaster Preparedness Across Africa

To succeed in efforts to reduce poverty in Africa, countries need to make disaster preparedness a priority in national development plans, Margareta Wahlstrom, U.N. deputy emergency relief coordinator, said Wednesday during the Second Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Africa, the Daily Nation reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Perspective Offers Ethical Case For Pursuing Polio Eradication A Lancet perspective piece examines the ethical case for pursuing polio eradication, ahead of an anticipated announcement by the World Health Assembly next month to endorse an aggressive strategy to stop polio transmission. “In a world of limited and finite resources there…

Congress Sends Haiti Recovery Act To President Obama

The House of Representatives approved a measure by voice vote Wednesday that “instructs U.S. directors at the International Monetary Fund and other global development institutions to use their votes and influence to cancel Haiti’s debt,” CongressDaily reports (4/15).

First Lady Obama Visits Haiti

First lady Michelle Obama, along with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, “paid a surprise visit to Haiti Tuesday, witnessing the ‘powerful’ devastation left in the wake of a massive earthquake three months ago,” Agence-France Presse reports. Obama and Biden took a helicopter tour of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and visited the “badly damaged” National Palace as well as a refugee camp.

Also In Global Health News: Online Tools For Infectious Diseases; Liberian Health Funds Misused; Drinking Water In India; Humanitarian Aid In Pakistan

Online Map, Twitter Could Be Used To Predict, Warn Against Spread Of Infectious Diseases The “Supramap” application, which is an online map that shows the spread of pathogens and significant mutations across time, could be a helpful way for scientists to monitor and predict infectious disease outbreaks, according to a…

Also In Global Health News: TB Diagnostic Test; Haitian Government Response; HIV ‘Quad’ Pill; Health Services In Uganda; Malaria Photos

Automatic TB Diagnostic Technology To aid with tuberculosis diagnostics, Guardian Technologies, a company that originally worked with airport X-ray scanners, “has developed a system that automatically scans microscope slides for the [TB] bacillus,” the New York Times reports. “The company’s software algorithms can spot distinctive shapes, colors and densities that…

Opinions: Health And Living Conditions; H1N1, One Year Later; Global Water Shortages

Better Living Conditions Can Improve Health Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford write in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece about the need to “address the constant crisis families face daily in deplorable living conditions.” The authors reflect on several health problems associated with unsanitary and crowded living…