The BBC reports on discussions about childhood immunization at the International Pediatric Association (IPA) meeting last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. “Vaccines are a key plank in meeting Millennium Development Goal 4 â€“ to reduce child mortality by two thirds by 2015 â€“ and many sessions at the congress were devoted to them,” the news service writes.
ASEAN Representatives Participate In Week-Long Exercise Aimed At Improving Region’s Pandemic Response
A group of experts from Southeast Asia gathered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Monday for the start of a week-long exercise to help bolster “the capabilities of [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] ASEAN member states, both individually and collectively, to prepare for and respond to a severe pandemic with potentially devastating effects on the region,” Agence France-Presse reports (8/17).
Cancer, expected to emerge as the leading cause of death worldwide this year, is also the world’s top “economic killer,” according to an American Cancer Society/LIVESTRONG report the group will present during a global cancer conference in China this week, the Associated Press reports.
New Data Shows China’s ‘Tobacco Addiction,’ WHO Says “Over half of China’s men smoke,” the Wall Street Journal’s “China RealTime Report” blog reports, in an article that examines Beijing’s “most critical look yet at its national smoking habit.” The statistics “are contained in a newly released Global Adult Tobacco Survey,”…
World Bank To Provide $900M In Emergency Funding For Pakistan Floods, Country’s High Commissioner Provides Rough Damage Estimate
The World Bank on Monday “pledged to reroute money from other projects to provide $900 million in emergency funding to help Pakistan” with its flood recovery efforts, the New York Times reports (Ellick, 8/17).
‘Heart-Wrenching’ Pakistan Floods Need More Aid From International Community, U.N. Secretary-General Says
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that the flooding in Pakistan is the worst natural disaster he has seen and called on the international community to expedite the aid effort, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ban traveled to flooded areas of the country and surveyed damage on Sunday (Rodriguez, 8/16).
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Effort To Combat Hunger ‘Indispensable’ In Guatemala; Advocates Say More Needed “The efforts of public agencies, non-governmental organisations, private entities and international agencies have become indispensable in addressing the food crisis” in Guatemala, however “activists believe a greater public effort is necessary,” Inter Press Service reports. The article examines efforts…
The Australian reports on how four large businesses in India are looking to expand their ability to offer low-cost water purifiers to some of the country’s “poorest of the poor.”
Floods: U.N. Issues $459.7M Appeal For Pakistan, China Concerned About Disease Outbreaks After Mudslides
The U.N. appealed for $459.7 million on Wednesday “to aid flood victims in Pakistan as the magnitude of the disaster widened, with about one-fifth of the country submerged and the annual monsoon season still potent,” the New York Times reports (MacFarquhar, 8/11).
Five of the fifteen experts advising the WHO on H1N1 (swine flu) had ties to the pharmaceutical industry, “including for flu vaccine research,” according to the Emergency Committee members’ list released by the agency Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports.