The WHO on Monday released a list of 30 medicines that “are essential for treating common diseases of mothers and children,” Ghana News Agency reports (3/21).
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…
“Across large parts of Japan stricken a week ago by a quake and tsunami, aid isn’t getting through. Blizzards, impassible roads, worries over radiation exposure, fuel shortages and other logistical problems have stalled aid from getting to those who need it, even as officials have boosted the amount of food and other goods available to some easier-to-reach communities,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
As world nutrition experts gather this week at the WHO headquarters to discuss ways to fight global malnutrition, VOA News examines the growing issues of “undernutrition and obesity, which affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide.”
Also In Global Health News: Rotavirus, Cholera Vaccines; EU’s Commitment To Humanitarian Aid; HIV/AIDS Funding In Malawi
Rotavirus VaccineÂ Available In India “A prophylactic vaccine to safeguard infants against the major killer rotavirus is now available in India where one in every 200 children under the age of five dies due to rotavirus diarrhea,” The Hindu reports. “Rotavirus, which presents as mild to severe watery diarrhea with abrupt…
UNAIDS, UNDP, WHO Release Policy Brief Advising Countries On Using TRIPS Flexibilities To Drive Down HIV Treatment Costs
Amid growing concerns over the long-term sustainability of access to affordable HIV/AIDS drugs, UNAIDS, WHO and the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Tuesday released a policy brief (.pdf) advising countries on how they can successfully use rules written into the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to lower the cost of and increase access to HIV treatment, Intellectual Property Watch reports.
The WHO on Tuesday said it is ready to assist Japan with its emerging “nuclear emergency after some reactors were damaged by last week’s deadly earthquake” and tsunami, Agence France-Presse reports.
On the heels of the release of a draft report by an independent panel of experts examining the WHO’s response to H1N1 (swine flu), BMJ News reports on a recently approved resolution and accompanying report released by the European Union parliament that calls on EU countries to revise their flu prevention plans “to make them more effective, coherent, and flexible” and for the WHO to revise its definition of pandemic to take into account not only geographical spread of disease but also severity.
WFP Announces Plan To Boost Food Aid, U.N. Calls For International Aid Amid Escalating Crisis In Cote d’Ivoire
Amid growing concerns over the increasing number of people fleeing from escalating violence in Cote dâ€™Ivoire, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) on Friday announced plans to boost food aid to tens of thousands of displaced people and the families hosting them in other countries, AlertNet reports (Fominyen, 3/12).
Three-quarters of Libya was still unable to access humanitarian aid last week, Catherine Bragg, the U.N.’s deputy emergency relief coordinator, said on Thursday, the Canadian Press reports.