Despite drops in commodity market prices due to the global economic downturn, “[m]ost of the developing world is paying more for food,” and the price of food staples in developing countries has risen, Josette Sheeran, executive director of the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), said Monday, the Associated Press reports.
JAIDS Supplement Focuses On Global Health Systems “Action always leads to reaction, a fundamental law of nature,” write the authors of an introduction appearing in a Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) supplemental issue that focuses on global health systems. “Central to the debate [over investments in HIV/AIDS spending]…
Aid agencies on Tuesday “appealed for better access” to “tens of thousands” of people in Yemen who have been displaced by violence and are facing “a high risk of outbreaks of malaria and diarrhoeal diseases among the already malnourished population,” Reuters reports.
“While emerging diseases like influenza A(H1N1), also known as swine flu, continue to dominate the headlines, experts say dengue is not only thriving in many endemic areas, it is also spreading to countries previously unaffected by the disease,” New York Times writes.
World Climate Conference Calls For Global Weather Surveillance System, Could Help Predict Disease Outbreaks
The U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Monday opened the World Climate Conference â€“ a week of talks in Geneva aimed at establishing a better global weather surveillance system to provide countries with “earlier, more accurate warnings about hurricanes, droughts and floods,” the Associated Press reports.
The Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech Ltd. on Monday announced its H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine won the approval of a panel of experts from China’s State Food and Drug Administration, the Associated Press/Forbes reports.
The H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine will cost countries between $2.50 and $20 per dose, based upon their ability to pay, according to the director of the Initiative for Vaccine Research at the WHO, Marie-Paule Kieny, Agence France-Presse/Khaleej Times reports.
The New York Times examines how “[a] set of proposed international sex education guidelines aimed at reducing H.I.V. infections among young people” and unplanned pregnancies, based on “more than 80 studies of sex education,” has received some criticism.
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WHO Regional Director Says Africa Could Eradicate Measles By 2020 WHO Regional Director for AfricaÂ Luis Gomes Sambo said Tuesday during the 59th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, that measles could be eradicated from the continent by 2020, citing an 89 percent reduction in the…
UNICEF Data Shows Global Child Deaths Now Below 9M Annually, Progress Not Enough To Achieve MDG In Most Regions
The annual number of deaths among children younger than five worldwide “has fallen below nine million” compared with 12.5 million in 1990, according to new data from UNICEF, the New York Times reports. “That’s 10,000 less children dying per day,” Ann Veneman, UNICEF’s executive director, said.