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March Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The March issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial examining the concept of global health diplomacy, a public health news roundup, an article on emergency obstetric care in Mali, and a policy paper on “[p]rivate sector contributions and their effect on physician emigration in the developing world,” among others (March 2013).

WHO Officials, Islamic Leaders To Meet In Egypt To Discuss Attacks On Polio Workers

“Top World Health Organization officials and Islamic leaders will meet in Egypt next week in an effort to stop attacks on polio workers, which are hampering the eradication of the virus in some countries with large Muslim populations,” Reuters reports, noting, “Gunmen in Pakistan and Nigeria have killed more than 20 health…

U.N.’s Assertion Of Immunity In Cholera Outbreak Is Morally, Legally ‘Right’ Decision

“When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invoked diplomatic immunity last week for peacekeepers who unwittingly caused the cholera outbreak that killed nearly 8,000 Haitians, his decision looked cold-hearted,” but “sympathy for Haitians should not mask the necessity of the secretary-general’s decision,” Boston Globe correspondent Juliette Kayyem writes in an opinion piece in the newspaper. “It…

Haiti Launches $2.2B, 10-Year Plan To Eradicate Cholera

“The Haitian government’s $2.2 billion, 10-year plan to eradicate cholera was launched on Wednesday against the backdrop of the U.N.’s rejection of a legal claim from more than 5,000 victims” that sought compensation for the cholera epidemic, which “has killed more than 8,000 people and infected nearly 648,000” and is thought to…

UNAIDS, UNDP Release Issue Brief On TRIPS Transition Period Extensions For LDCs

“The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new issue brief” (.pdf), titled “TRIPS transition period extensions for least-developed countries [LDCs],” a UNAIDS press release reports. “The issue brief outlines that failure to extend the transition period for least-developed countries to become fully…

U.N.’s Legal Immunity, Refusal To Compensate Haitians For Cholera Claims ‘Cheapens Its Larger Mission’

Noting the U.N. last week “announced that Haitian claims for compensation weren’t receivable under article 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations,” Armin Rosen, a writer and producer for The Atlantic’s international channel, writes in an opinion piece in the magazine, “If a multinational corporation behaved the…

U.N. Must Do More To Fight Cholera In Haiti

Noting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week cited diplomatic immunity in “reject[ing] a legal claim for compensation filed in 2011 on behalf of cholera victims in Haiti,” Louise Ivers, a senior health and policy adviser at Partners In Health, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, “Regardless of the merits of this argument, the…

Families Of Haitian Cholera Victims React To U.N. Decision To Deny Compensation For Deaths

“The United Nations has come under heavy political fire for its decision to deny compensation for thousands of victims of cholera in Haiti — a deadly disease spread by U.N. peacekeepers in the troubled Caribbean nation,” Inter Press Service reports (Deen, 2/22). “More than 8,000 Haitians have died from the epidemic and 500,000 people,…

UNAIDS Launches Online Platform To Highlight Relevant Research

“UNAIDS has launched an online platform, UNAIDS Science now, which highlights some of those papers that are particularly relevant to the United Nations high level targets,” the agency reports in an article on its webpage. “UNAIDS Science now is based on what used to be the HIV this week blog also produced by…

WHO Must Play ‘Assertive Central Role’ In Fighting Distribution Of Substandard, Fake Medicines

This Lancet editorial notes the release of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that gathers information on “the global threat of falsified or substandard drugs” and provides recommendations “to mitigate this public health problem.” According to the editorial, “The IOM report recognizes that the absence of a precise…