Countries are narrowing in on a “deal to speed up their response to the next flu pandemic by sharing virus samples in return for access to affordable vaccines,” co-chairs of a WHO working group told reporters on Tuesday, Reuters reports. The group, which is meeting this week and just last week was in meetings with drug manufacturers and WHO member states about the plans, says it hopes to have a draft agreement finalized by Friday to be voted on during next month’s World Health Assembly, according to the news service (Nebehay, 4/12).
Multiple news outlets examined the proposed reductions of the FY11 spending measure that was released on Tuesday.
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Israel Signs Agreements With UNAIDS, WHO On Wednesday, Israel signed agreements with UNAIDS and the WHO to bolster the country’s response to global health issues, UNAIDS reports (4/13). “Within the framework of the [WHO] agreement, several joint teams from Israel’s health authorities, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) and…
Distribution Of Cholera Vaccine To High-Risk Populations In Haiti Could Reduce Infections, Death, Study Says
Administering cholera vaccines to people in Haiti who live in high-risk areas could drive down the number of cholera infections and deaths in the country, according to a study published Monday in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature News reports. The study is the latest to weigh in on the impact such vaccination efforts could have on reducing the spread of the disease, which has sickened 274,418 people and led to the deaths of 4,787 in Haiti, according to the publication (Brower, 4/11).
Poverty Footprint Analysis Is Just A Start “Carbon and water footprint measurements have become almost commonplace among large corporations …Â But these measurements only tell part of the story. The piece where a corporation mows down an entire village in the developing world to make way for a carbon-cutting wind farm…
Also In Global Health News: HIV/AIDS In Indonesia; Mobile Phone Application For Malaria; Film Festival; Results-Based Financing; Role Of Civil Society, Private Sector In Fighting HIV/AIDS
Reuters Examines Growing HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Indonesia Reuters examines the growing number of HIV/AIDS cases in Indonesia, where “widespread ignorance” about the disease and a government afraid of campaigning “effectively against it for fear of being accused by conservatives of promoting promiscuity” have helped fuel the epidemic. Currently, 300,000 Indonesians…
Opinions: Empowering Women, Reducing Global Hunger; Wars Justified By Humanitarianism; Climate Change, Human Health; Budget Cuts To Foreign Aid
To Reduce Hunger Worldwide, Empower Women In a perspective piece in The Globalist, Contributing Editor Cesar Chelala calls for more attention to be paid to the role of women in reducing hunger worldwide. “Giving women the same tools and resources as men, such as financial support, education and access to…
The first Africa Regional Ministerial Consultation on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) wrapped up in Congo’s capital city Brazzaville on Wednesday with African health ministers adopting a declaration of commitment to tackle NCDs, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports (4/9).
Federal Government Shutdown Would Be Over Ideological Demands Of GOP, Not Spending “If the federal government shuts down at midnight on FridayÂ â€“ which seems likely unless negotiations take a sudden turn toward rationalityÂ â€“ it will not be because of disagreements over spending. It will be because Republicans are refusing to…
To coincide with World Health Day on Thursday, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) released a policy paper with nine recommendations for how to control the “ever-growing threat of antimicrobial resistance,” CIDRAP News reports (Roos, 4/7).