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Main Take-Aways From GHME: Reflections on last week’s Global Health Metrics & Evaluation (GHME) conference in Seattle, Washington appeared in several blogs and a Lancet column: Lancet: Offline: Where was Europe? (Horton, 3/26) Karen Grepin’s “Global Health Blog”: A trip to the inside of the Global Health Sausage Factory (3/22)…

Opinions: Using Taxes To Reduce Poverty; Fighting TB; Meeting Global Food Demands

Increased Tax Revenues Can Create ‘In-Roads Into Poverty Reduction’ “To improve living standards and create jobs,” African governments “need to provide their citizens with better health care, better education, more infrastructure. … How to pay for this – in a way that is both fair and efficient – is a question…

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Receives Preliminary Support For Second Term

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “has received preliminary pledges of support for a second five-year term … from the United States and other key members of the Security Council, U.N. diplomats said,” Reuters reports in an article that examines Ban’s first term at the U.N., set to end on Dec. 31.…

Also In Global Health News: AusAID Fraud; House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Responds To FY12 Budget; Drug Substitution Programs In Ukraine; Global Development Book

Documents Suggest Australian Aid Program Affected By Fraud, Corruption Documents show that Australia’s “foreign aid program is plagued by record levels of fraud, with millions of dollars being stolen by corrupt officials and overseas agencies,” the Daily Telegraph reports. “AusAID has 175 cases of fraud under investigation – stretching across 27 countries and…

U.S., World Bank Sign MOU To Enhance Efforts To Bring Clean Water, Sanitation To World’s Poor

Marking World Water Day Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on behalf of the U.S. government, joined World Bank President Robert Zoellick in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaborative efforts between the groups to improve water and sanitation conditions for the world’s poor, the Epoch Times reports (Hayley, 3/22).

WHO Report Urges Countries To Step Up Fight Against Drug-Resistant TB

A WHO report released Wednesday says countries with the highest drug-resistant tuberculosis burdens are making progress in addressing the disease, “but despite the recent scale up in efforts, the world needs to do much more to get care to all [multi-drug resistant] patients who need it,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said, Times LIVE reports (Keeton, 3/23).

Also In Global Health News: Cancer In Developing Countries; Preventing Deaths From Diarrhea; Food, Drug, Medical Personnel Shortages In Libya; Benefits Of Electronic Health Records In Kenya

Scientific American Features Q&A With Paul Farmer On Rise Of Cancer In Developing Countries Scientific American this month features a Q&A with Harvard medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, who cofounded the group Partners In Health, on the rise of cancer in developing countries. According to the magazine, last October, Farmer “and…

World Water Day Focuses On Impact Of Rapid Urban Population Growth On Water Security

Tuesday marks World Water Day 2011, which this year focuses “on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialisation and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems,” the Daily Times reports. The theme, “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” “aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organisations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenge of urban water management,” the newspaper writes (Sarwar, 3/22).

Also In Global Health News: Food Shortages In Zimbabwe; Illicit Drug Control, MDGs; Global Quinoa Demands Affect Bolivian Farmers; ARV Disruptions In Cote d’Ivoire

Zimbabwe Government Tries To Address Severe Food Shortages In Some Provinces “Six of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces face severe food shortages, and the government has ordered the country’s grain marketing board (GMB) to send grain to the affected areas, a state daily [the Herald] said Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A government…