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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

World Leaders Address Country Ownership, Accountability, Women At MDG Summit

“African leaders said on Tuesday they could do more to meet U.N. goals to slash extreme poverty and urged stronger leadership among developing countries to tackle hunger and disease and attract investment,” Reuters reports in an article that examines the leaders call for African nations to take greater ownership of their development.

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Also In Global Health News: Flooding In India; Dengue Deaths In Malaysia; Haiti Food Production Down

At Least 2M People Homeless, Agriculture Affected By Flooding In Northern India “At least two million people in northern India have been left homeless as the Ganges and other rivers, swollen by heavy monsoon rains, broke embankments and submerged villages, fields and religious sites,” Reuters reports. The flood has affected 500,000…

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Also In Global Health News: Food Security In Africa’s Sahel Region; Jailed TB Patients In Kenya; Pneumococcal Vaccination Efforts; HIV/AIDS In China

Rain In Chad Could Ease Food Shortages, Famine Threat To Sahel Region Subsiding “Abundant rains in Chad have raised hopes for an end to severe food shortages but the effects will linger and lead to new difficulties across Africa’s Sahel region in 2011, aid workers predict,” Reuters reports. “With signs…

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U.S. Special Envoy To Pakistan Highlights U.S. Flood Relief Efforts

Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan, “sought to highlight Washington’s aid efforts Wednesday during his first visit” to the country since the severe floods hit, the Associated Press reports. “Holbrooke stressed that U.S. support is focused on saving lives, rather than winning hearts and minds or pushing Pakistan to step up operations against al-Qaida and the Taliban.”

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Media Outlets Examine How Maternal Health, Efforts To Reduce Global Poverty Will Be Central To Next Week’s MDG Summit

Media outlets continued to look ahead to next week’s U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Summit, with a focus on two of the central themes to be addressed at the meeting – maternal health and poverty.

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Secretary-General Opens U.N. Summit On MDGs With Appeal For World Leaders To Maintain Target Commitments

On the first of the three-day U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appealed “to the assembled presidents, prime ministers and kings to use their power to meet U.N. goals to help the world’s poorest by 2015,” the Associated Press reports.

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Summit Negotiators Seek To Get MDGs ‘Back On Track’

“World powers are moving slowly toward an accord on the strategy to be embraced at a looming United Nations summit aiming to get the lofty Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] back on track,” Agence France-Presse writes in an article examining the ongoing debates over how best to achieve the MDGs before the 2015 deadline.

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WHO Regional Meeting In South-East Asia Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance, Developing Country Access To Medical Devices

During the WHO’s 63rd Regional Committee Session for South-East Asia in Bangkok on Wednesday the WHO called for enhanced “efforts at the national and international level to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial agents through the rational use of antibiotics,” Indian Express reports (Thacker, 9/9). The appeal follows the news of a Lancet study published last month which identified a gene that enables bacteria to resist most antibiotics and documented an increase in the prevalence of the gene in parts of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, 8/11).

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Global Food Crisis Is Not Imminent, But Food Commodities Markets Need Regulation, FAO Official Says

A global food crisis does not appear to be on the horizon despite recent food price rises, but steps must be taken to regulate volatile food commodities markets, Hafez Ghanem, a top official at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

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Also In Global Health News: Revaccinating HIV-Positive Children; Embezzled Aid In Mali; HIV In India; Mobile Phone Aid; Polio In Central Africa; Pneumococcal Vaccines

HIV-Positive Children On HAART May Need Revaccination HIV-positive children on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) “may need to be revaccinated to maintain their immunity against preventable childhood diseases,” according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, HealthDay/BusinessWeek reports. After reviewing 38 studies, researchers found that children…

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