On Wednesday, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Lancet simultaneously published an editorial and an accompanying letter from 18 doctor association leaders to highlight the need for action at a December U.N. conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Reuters reports (Doyle, 9/16).
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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice announced Monday that President Obama will host a luncheon for leaders of sub-Saharan African countries next week during the ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly “to promote economic and social development,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.
Five university presidents came together on Monday at the Consortium of Universities for Global Healthâ€™s inaugural annual meeting to examine universities’ role “in the rapidly-emerging arena of global health and how global health fits into the well-established set of departments, centers and schools” at each university, Inside Higher Ed reports.
Boston University (BU) on Monday launched a five-year, $10 million global health initiative that aims to “bolster research and education” and “build a nationwide consortium of universities devoted to improving health in the Third World,” the Boston Globe reports.
Cuba, Egypt, Iran and Sudan “have mounted a last-minute campaign to delay ratification” by the U.N. general assembly of a new agency, “which would have a budget of around $1 billion and consolidate four existing bodies that deal with women’s issues,” the Guardian reports.
The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) made an international appeal Thursday for $5.2 million to help feed more than half a million people in Malawi through the end of next year, Agence France-Presse reports.
Study Examines How Biotech Firm Partnerships With Developing Nations Can Help Increase Innovation, Revenue
By forging partnerships with developing countries, biotechnology companies from developed countries may be able to stay afloat during the current economic crisis and bolster innovation, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Nature Biotechnology, Livemint.com reports.
American Medical News examines the ethical considerations of outsourcing pharmaceutical clinical trials to developing countries. The article highlights how it is less expensive for a drug company to conduct a trial in India, where it runs about $2,000 to track a patient through a trial, compared to the cost in the U.S., which is “10 times more.” The disparities between participants in the two countries in terms of income, education and access to care are “stark” and the playing field “uneven,” writes American Medical News.
Hundreds of non-governmental organizations from around the world gathered for a three-day conference in Berlin last week, where they emphasized the need for broader international support for improving women’s health worldwide — “15 years after the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, where a similar group set goals to improve the sexual health and rights for women, particularly in the developing world,” the Associated Press reports.
Recent Releases: PEPFAR In Zimbabwe; Dengue In Thailand; Blogs On Improving U.S. Foreign Aid; Examining Allocations Of Health Aid
U.S. Optimistic About Zimbabwe Health System Revitalization The U.S. plans to support efforts to develop a sustainable health system in Zimbabwe and increase its capacity to treat people, Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS Coordinator for PEPFAR, said on Wednesday after a visit to the country with USAID and CDC officials,…