A group of health experts gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, to kick off a continental conference on maternal and child health, VOA News reports (Heinlein, 4/19).
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said addressing living conditions in the world’s slums is important to improving urban health â€“ the focus of World Health Day on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports. “By 2030, six out of 10 people will be city dwellers, rising to seven out of 10 people by 2050, with explosive growth in Asia and Africa, according to Chan,” the news service writes (4/7).
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U.N. Needs $133M To Combat Hunger In Niger “The U.N. says it needs $133 million to fight hunger in Niger after poor rainfall and harvests have led to serious food shortages in the West African nation,” the Associated Press/Globe and Mail reports (4/7). According to Reuters, “The requested funds would…
Millions Of Children In Developing World Have No Access To Clean Water, Latrines At School, Report Finds
A report (.pdf), released this week by UNICEF during the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) conference, documents the challenges many schoolchildren in developing countries face in accessing safe drinking water and sanitation, United Press International reports (4/6).
VOA News examines how growing populations and industrialization are contributing to deteriorating water conditions in the Asian-Pacific region â€“ ranked second lowest in the world for the availability of water, according to a recent U.N. report. “United Nations water resource experts say with a population of four billion people, the Asia-Pacific region faces the risk of conflicts over water as communities struggle to meet their needs,” due to a decrease in the amount and quality of water, according to the news service.
Community Groups Offer Cost-Effective Mechanism For Reducing Maternal Mortality “Achieving the [Millennium Development Goal] MDG 4 target of reducing newborn and child mortality will require concerted efforts to scale up evidence-based interventions, especially community-based preventive and therapeutic strategies in primary care,”Â according to aÂ Lancet comment that reflects on the challenges associated…
As part of this year’s World Health Day, the WHO on Wednesday will launch a program to encourage cities to become more healthy to help mitigate the health risks associated with rapid urbanization, Agence France-Presse/Inquirer.net Global Nation reports.
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IRIN Examines ‘Long And Complicated’ Process To Developing Iraq’s Health System IRIN examines how decades of conflict in Iraq have stymied development of the country’s health system. The piece includes comments by Iraqi Health Minister Salih al-Hasnawi, who describes the process of “developing [the country's health facilities] to reach international…
After a visit to Haiti, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Thursday that she did not see evidence of the organization during a trip to the country earlier this week with Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Kristin Gilibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), The Hill’s Washington Scene reports. “We were actually pretty struck by the fact that we didn’t see the Red Cross anywhere, at all,” she said (O’Brien, 4/8).
Study Finds Overall Increase In Developing Country Domestic Health Spending, Some Countries Have Reduced Health Budgets As Donor Funding Increases
Researchers on Friday released a study in the Lancet that found while “[m]ost countries in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East doubled their health budgets,” countries in sub-Saharan Africa appear to have trimmed their health spending as donors have boosted their health aid, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.