“Thirty years after the first treaty on women’s rights was adopted by the United Nations, millions of cases involving beatings, marital rapes, honor killings and genital mutilation lead to deaths, medical injuries, failed pregnancies, abortions and psychological damage,” according to a GlobalPost article that reports on the rising number of individuals, communities and governments worldwide who are committing to end violence against women.
Opinions: Canada’s Role In Global Health; Drug Licensing Agreements Promote Drug Access; Funding For USAID, State; Haiti
Canada Must Lead To EnsureÂ Robust Efforts In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria After outlining the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, the organization’s executive director, highlights the role Canada can play in determining “whether the world can overcome AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria”…
East African Business Week/allAfrica.com reports on the recent decision by the World Bank to back the creation of “a unique regional network of 25 public health laboratories” in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda with $63.66 million in support.
Health leaders from around the world gathered on Friday to formally launch a new strategy for eradicating polio, Newsweek’s “The Human Condition” blog reports in a post examining the challenges and successes health advocates face in attempting to wipe the virus out completely (Carmichael, 6/18).
The WHO on Friday issued “its first-ever guidance on how to use more than 240 essential medicines for children under 13,” the Associated Press reports. “The data provide information on use, dosage and side effects of medicines as well as warnings about which children should not take them” and possible complications from interactions from drugs taken together, according to the WHO, the news service reports (6/19).
The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday released a report (.pdf) outlining “an eight-pronged strategy it hopes can help poor nations advance sustainable development, considerably reduce poverty and essentially drive the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the next five years,” BusinessDay reports (Nwachukwu, 6/18).
Two-Day Conference Examines Effectiveness Of U.N. Pilot Program To Coordinate Development Assistance
A two-day conference examining the effectiveness of a pilot program aimed at improving the coherence and effectiveness of U.N. assistance is taking place this week in Ha Noi, Vietnam, South Asian News Agency reports.
Global Agriculture Output To Meet World Food Demand As Food Prices Escalate Over Decade, Report Says
Food prices are projected to rise over the next decade, with the cost of some grains increasing between 15 and 40 percent, according to an annual report, released Tuesday, from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), VOA News reports (6/15).
Opinions: Maintain Fight Against HIV/AIDS; Ending MTCT of HIV; Impact Of U.S. Health Reform On Foreign-Trained Physicians
U.N. Secretary-General Calls For International Community To ‘Rally Around’ Next Generation Of HIV Treatment, Increase SupportÂ For Countries In Need Following a recent trip to the largest HIV/AIDS clinic in Uganda, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reflects on the recent progress made in the fight against the disease in a McClatchy opinion…
“The first test of a long-acting vaginal ring loaded with an HIV-preventing drug has begun enrolling women in southern Africa,” the Washington Post reports. The study, according to the newspaper, marks the 15th trial led by the non-profit group, International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), which “has helped lead the search for a discreet, woman-controlled means of protection” against the virus.