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U.N. General Assembly Passes Resolution Urging Renewed Efforts To Fight Malaria

Ahead of World Malaria Day on April 25, the U.N. General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution urging governments, U.N. agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private foundations to accelerate their efforts and build upon established successes in the fight against the disease, particularly in Africa, Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M&C reports.

Two-Thirds Of Nations On Track To Meet Poverty, Hunger MDGs by 2015, WB-IMF Report Says

Two-thirds of developing countries are on track or close to reaching the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, according to a World Bank-IMF report released Friday to coincide with a meeting of the groups in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, Agence France-Presse/Edmonton Journal reports (4/16).

Also In Global Health News: U.N., Libyan Government Reach Deal Over Aid; USAID Monitoring HIV/AIDS In Philippines; WFP Warns Of Afghanistan Food Shortages; U.N. Appeals For More Aid In Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia

U.N. Reaches Deal With Libyan Government To Provide Aid In Capital City U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday at a press conference in Hungary announced that the organization had reached an agreement with the Libyan government to provide humanitarian aid in the country’s capital city of Tripoli, the Associated Press…

Virus-Sharing Draft Agreement Very Close; U.S. Yet To Formally Approve, Reuters Reports

A draft agreement that would ensure countries would share virus samples in exchange for access to affordable vaccines derived from such samples in the event of a pandemic is nearly complete, senior diplomats told Reuters on Thursday. “Consensus has been reached across all regions, including Indonesia which three years ago stopped sharing influenza samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), but the United States has yet to give formal approval, they said,” according to the news service.

WHO Will Assist Indian Officials In Exploring Threat Of NDM-1 In Water Supply

The WHO has said it will assist government officials evaluating whether the presence of bacteria containing the NDM-1 gene in the water supply in New Delhi poses health risks, Agence France-Presse/Calgary Herald reports. The announcement comes after the Lancet last week published a report that bacteria carrying NDM-1, a gene that enables resistance to a variety of antibiotics, “was found in 51 out of 171 New Delhi samples taken from water pools and two out of 50 tap water samples,” the news service writes (4/14).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Overview Of FY11 Funding Totals For Global Health In H.R. 1473: The U.S. Global Health Policy Tracker offers an overview of the FY11 funding totals for global health in the Full-Year Appropriations Act (H.R. 1473). The tool includes links to summaries of the bill by House and Senate Appropriations Committees,…