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Also In Global Health News: African Researchers; Global Fund’s Missed Target; Maternal Mortality In Nepal; TB In Tanzania

Network Calls For African Scientists To Submit Proposals For Research Funding The African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) is asking African scientists to submit proposals “to develop affordable medicines to tackle the continent’s most urgent health problems,” including many neglected diseases, Reuters AlertNet reports (Migiro, 10/12). According to a press…

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West African Cholera Epidemic Exacerbated By Flooding; More Than 1,800 Deaths Reported

The WHO “says 1,879 deaths have been reported” from Cholera in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the Associated Press reports. “The wave of cholera started a few months ago” and “nearly 40,500” cases have been reported in the region so far. Nigeria alone has experienced nearly 1,200 deaths, “its worst cholera outbreak in two decades,” according to the article (10/12).

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Stop TB Partnership Launches Global Plan To Stop TB 2011-2015

The WHO’s Stop TB Partnership “laid out a new plan [.pdf] on Wednesday to combat tuberculosis and the nearly 2 million deaths it causes each year,” Reuters reports (Herskovitz, 10/13).

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Officials Discuss Leadership, Donor Commitments, Eliminating Leprosy At Start Of WHO Western Pacific Region Committee Session

The WHO “must demonstrate strong leadership backed by impeccable technical competency, [Malaysian] Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said” at the opening ceremony of the 61st Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific Monday, Bernama reports. “I believe this important conference can provide the input for future global action against pandemics and other trans-boundary diseases affecting all countries and communities, especially developing countries,” he said.

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Global Hunger Index Shows Importance Of Addressing Childhood Malnutrition

“The Global Hunger Index released Monday finds that many developing countries primarily in South Asia and Latin America have made significant progress in reducing hunger. But continued improvement in the rates of hunger – and in addressing the development problems that result from hunger – depends on a universal focus on early childhood nutrition,” the Christian Science Monitor reports (LaFranchi, 10/11).

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WHO Western Pacific Meeting To Address Maternal Health, Rise In Dengue

Maternal health and dengue fever are among the issues that will be discussed at the 61st session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, Bernama reports. The meeting, which will take place this week in Malaysia, will be attended by 21 ministers and health officials from 33 countries in the region. WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific Shin Young-Soo spoke at a press conference Sunday ahead of the meeting (10/10).

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Committee On World Food Security Meeting Begins In Rome

A high-level meeting of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on World Food Security – aimed at addressing food insecurity, price rises and the purchase of large amounts of agricultural land in developing countries – started in Rome on Monday, Agence France-Presse/Capital FM reports (10/11).

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Also In Global Health News: Haiti Camps, Rebuilding; UNDP Administrator Interview; Zimbabwe’s Health Sector; Documentary Screening On World AIDS Day; Mental Health In Developing Countries

Report Examines Life In Haiti’s Camps; Companies Hire Lobbyists To Petition Congress For Rebuilding Funds A recent Refugees International report found that more than “70 percent of camps in Haiti, home to an estimated 1.3 million earthquake victims, lack proper international management nearly nine months after the disaster, leaving them at increased risk of…

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IPS Examines Water, Sanitation MDG Targets

Inter Press Service looks at the U.N. Human Rights Council’s (HRC) endorsement of “water and sanitation as a basic human right” last week, and the “reality” that “water and sanitation have remained two of the most neglected sub-texts of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which came under scrutiny at the MDG summit” in September.

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Financing HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment Could Cost $400B-$700B Over 20 Years

A new report published by the Results for Development Institute in the Lancet “has offered governments and donors a glimpse into the future of HIV epidemics – and what it will cost to prevent and treat them. Researchers warn of hard choices ahead and a need for some countries to take more responsibility for their national programmes, IRIN/PlusNews reports. Study authors present their “cheapest” and “ideal” scenarios for HIV funding in the future, according to IRIN/PlusNews.

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