The WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific meeting continued with leaders discussing regional immunization goals, public health emergencies, TB control, and the health effects of urbanization, multiple news outlets report.
IRIN looks at a planned U.N. initiative to combat early childhood malnutrition and the questions surrounding it.
The WHO “said on Thursday that it was aiming for ‘complete control’ by 2015 of tropical diseases that affect one billion impoverished people” and kill an esitmated 534,000 people each year, Agence France-Presse reports (10/14).
Global Fund Replenishment: Noting that the recent Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment meeting fell short of reaching its funding target, a Lancet Editorial states: “The world is backsliding on its commitments, made recently at the Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York, to expand access for…
PBS’ NewsHour reports on the difficulty of getting U.S. aid to Pakistani flood victims and the branding of USAID assistance.
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The WHO “says 1,879 deaths have been reported” from Cholera in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the Associated Press reports. “The wave of cholera started a few months ago” and “nearly 40,500” cases have been reported in the region so far. Nigeria alone has experienced nearly 1,200 deaths, “its worst cholera outbreak in two decades,” according to the article (10/12).
The WHO’s Stop TB Partnership “laid out a new plan [.pdf] on Wednesday to combat tuberculosis and the nearly 2 million deaths it causes each year,” Reuters reports (Herskovitz, 10/13).
Officials Discuss Leadership, Donor Commitments, Eliminating Leprosy At Start Of WHO Western Pacific Region Committee Session
The WHO “must demonstrate strong leadership backed by impeccable technical competency, [Malaysian] Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said” at the opening ceremony of the 61st Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific Monday, Bernama reports. “I believe this important conference can provide the input for future global action against pandemics and other trans-boundary diseases affecting all countries and communities, especially developing countries,” he said.
“The Global Hunger Index released Monday finds that many developing countries primarily in South Asia and Latin America have made significant progress in reducing hunger. But continued improvement in the rates of hunger â€“ and in addressing the development problems that result from hunger â€“ depends on a universal focus on early childhood nutrition,” the Christian Science Monitor reports (LaFranchi, 10/11).