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WHO H1N1 Response Probe’s Second Meeting Highlights Divergent Views

The independent team of health experts responsible for reviewing the WHO’s response to H1N1 (swine flu) wrapped up its second of three public hearings on Friday.

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IRIN Examines Efforts To Attract Health Workers To Underserved, Rural Communities

IRIN examines WHO efforts to better understand factors influencing health workers’ decisions about where to work in order to help fight health care worker shortages in developing countries. According to the news service, a group of 40 experts assembled by the agency “is finalizing recommendations to help governments attract more health workers to sparsely staffed areas,” IRIN writes.

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U.N. To Formally Establish New ‘Gender Entity’

The United Nations General Assembly will move to formally adopt a new “gender entity” on Friday called “U.N. Women” that will fold the U.N.’s four existing women’s entities – UNIFEM, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, the U.N. Division for the Advancement of Women, and INSTRAW – into one, Inter Press Service reports.

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AP Reports On How Newly Approved Vaccine Could Revolutionize Prevention Of Meningitis In Africa

The WHO’s recent prequalification approval of a low-cost meningitis vaccine could “help prevent epidemics in Africa for the first time, revolutionizing how doctors fight outbreaks of the deadly disease,” the Associated Press reports.

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U.N. Economic And Social Council Meeting Focuses On MDGs, Empowering Women

“The world’s anti-poverty gains achieved over the past years are being eroded by the presence of multiple crises, including an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, increased food [in]security, oil prices volatility and climate change,” according to a report released Monday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the opening of an annual high-level segment of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Bermana reports.

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Foreign Policy Examines GHI, PEPFAR

Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago … now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”

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Also In Global Health News: Bahamas HIV Money; Zambian Health Ministry Corruption; U.N. Women’s Body; U.S. Flu Emergency Declaration Expires

Bahamas To Receive $2M Over 3 Years For HIV Programs The Bahamas will receive more than $2 million over three years from PEPFAR for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, strategic information and counseling, the Nassau Guardian reports (Bonimy, 6/27). Health officials signed the agreement Thursday. As part of the agreement, the Bahamas…

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Ahead Of International AIDS Conference, Health Experts Call For Scientifically-Based Drug Policies

Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, scheduled to kick off July 18, health experts on Monday called for a rethinking of international drug policies to incorporate greater scientific evidence and increase access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, the Associated Press reports (6/28).

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UNDP, UNAIDS Launch Global Commission On HIV, Law

The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) together with UNAIDS on Thursday announced a commission formed to examine how legal environments affect HIV/AIDS efforts, VOA News reports (DeCapua, 6/24).

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Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Editorial Reflects On Need To Integrate HIV/AIDS, TB Prevention, Treatment Services Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, held July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria, a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial notes, “While there has been welcome progress in making ART available, HIV/AIDS raises other challenges that we are only…

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