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106M Infants Worldwide Received Vaccines Last Year, Coverage Gaps Remain, Report Says

A joint report by the WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank on worldwide vaccination efforts released Wednesday found “a record 106 million infants were vaccinated last year against life-threatening diseases, but nearly a fifth of the world’s babies still are not protected fully,” the Associated Press reports.

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Also In Global Health News: Cholera In Zimbabwe; Personal Computers; Medical ‘Outliers'; Rain In Kenya; Generic Drugs

More Than 100 Infected, 5 Dead From Cholera In Zimbabwe A cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has infected more than 100, resulting in five deaths, state media said Tuesday, Reuters reports, “raising fears of a repeat of last year’s epidemic that claimed more than 4,000 lives. The southern African country suffered…

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IPS Examines Potential For Future U.N. Population Meeting

Inter Press Service examines the possibility of another U.N. conference on development and population within the next five years. Despite progress made since the 1994 conference on population and development (ICPD), U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently noted more than 200 million women cannot access safe and effective contraception and “too many women resort to unsafe abortions because they lack access to family planning,” according to the news service.

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Also In Global Health News: Asia-Pacific Reproductive Health; Developing Country Medical Waste Disposal; Draft Bill In Uganda; Diarrhea Deaths In China

China Calls For Asia-Pacific Countries To Focus On Reproductive Health “China has called on Asia-Pacific countries to attach greater importance to population and family planning and put more funds into the reproductive health and family planning programmes,” the Daily Times reports (10/19). Senior Chinese legislator Chen Zhili Sunday at the…

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WHO Recommends Antivirals For Patients With Symptoms Of Both H1N1, Pneumonia

The WHO concluded a three-day meeting on H1N1 (swine flu) in Washington, D.C., on Friday, where health experts issued recommendations that patients with symptoms of H1N1 and pneumonia be treated quickly with antivirals, even before the results of H1N1 tests are complete, the San Francisco Chronicle blog, “ChronRX” reports.

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Campaign Seeks To Hold Governments Accountable To Meeting MDG Targets

Inter Press Service examines the Stand Up Take Action campaign, which took place October 16-18 to highlight the Millennium Development Goals’ [MDG] 2015 deadline. “With just six years left until the deadline by which heads of state have pledged to reduce extreme poverty by half, Salil Shetty, director of the U.N. Millennium Campaign, says that Stand Up is a stark reminder that citizens ‘do not accept excuses for governments breaking promises to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens,'” IPS writes.

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Over 80 Countries Mark World Handwashing Day

VOA News reports that more than 80 countries marked Global Handwashing Day Thursday. The news service writes that “[d]iarrhea is the third cause of death in West and Central Africa, which is responsible for 30 percent of the world’s deaths of children under the age of five.”

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WHO, UNICEF Publish Plan To Reduce Childhood Diarrhea Deaths

The WHO and UNICEF have released a seven-point treatment and prevention plan to reduce the number of children around the world who die from diarrhea, the BBC reports (10/14). BMJ News writes, “Every year 1.5 million children aged under 5 years die from diarrhoea, more than 80% of them in Africa and south Asia” (Zarocostas, 10/14).

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Also In Global Health News: ‘Delivering As One'; Syringe Vending Machine; Hospital Preparedness

Rwanda To Host Three-Day U.N. Meeting Rwanda will host a three-day U.N. meeting next week to discuss ways to improve the U.N.’s ability to “provide development assistance in a more coordinated way,” the New Times/allAfrica.com reports. “Rwanda is one of the 8 pilot countries implementing the U.N. ‘Delivering as One’…

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New Food Reports Highlight Growing Global Hunger

Reforms are required to curb global hunger, which was already “growing” before the worldwide financial downturn, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a report, released in Rome, ahead of World Food Day on Friday, the BBC reports.

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