Though the world has made “great strides” in eliminating H5N1 (avian flu) from poultry since the “peak of its outbreak in 2006” in 63 countries, the virus persists in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam, VOA News reports (DeCapua, 4/16).
Opinions: PEPFAR; Private-Civil Society Partnerships In Africa; Global Maternal Mortality; SA HIV Testing Campaign
Maintain Funding Commitments To PEPFAR “The Obama administration’s new Global Health Initiative, designed to broaden and better integrate health programming overseas, deserves wide support. But stalling on global AIDS threatens to undermine the worthy goals of the initiative,” Chris Collins, vice president and director of public polity for the Foundation…
U.N. Secretary-General Calls On International Community To Adopt New Initiatives To Reduce Maternal, Newborn Mortality
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a new initiative aimed at improving reproductive, maternal and newborn health on Wednesday at a meeting of international leaders, in an effort to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for reducing maternal deaths, Inter Press Service reports (Suozzi, 4/15).
Lancet PerspectiveÂ Offers Ethical Case For Pursuing Polio Eradication A Lancet perspective piece examines the ethical case for pursuing polio eradication, ahead of an anticipated announcement by the World Health Assembly next month to endorse an aggressive strategy to stop polio transmission. “In a world of limited and finite resources there…
“Governments in developed countries continued to increase the amount of aid they gave to poorer countries in 2009, despite the financial crisis, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD] said,” following the release of its annual review of aid, the Wall Street Journal reports (Hannon, 4/14).
The first meeting of external experts tasked with reviewing the WHO’s handling of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus came to a close Wednesday, with health leaders maintaining it was still too early to declare the pandemic over, Agence France-Presse reports.
Part of Canada’s push to make maternal and child health a focal point of the upcoming G8 summit in June should include an emphasis on efforts to improve sanitation in the world’s poorest countries, according to an author of a report (.pdf) released Wednesday, Canwest News Service/Vancouver Sun reports.
The rapid spread of information via the Internet “had a disruptive impact on the handling of the flu pandemic by fanning speculation and rumours,” WHO officials said Tuesday on day two of a three-day meeting of external experts tasked with evaluating the WHO’s handling of H1N1 (swine flu), Agence France-Presse reports.
“Dozens of countries are unlikely to meet” the Millennium Development Goal targets related to maternal and child health without a new strategy and an additional $20 billion each year, according to a report released Tuesday, the Canadian Press reports (Lederer, 4/14).
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Online Map, Twitter Could Be Used To Predict, Warn Against Spread Of Infectious Diseases The “Supramap” application, which is an online map that shows the spread of pathogens and significant mutations across time, could be a helpful way for scientists to monitor and predict infectious disease outbreaks, according to a…