Nearly three months after major floods hit large portions of Pakistan, at least seven million people are still without shelter, Stacey Winston, a U.N. spokesperson, said at a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports.
Floods in west and central Africa have killed 377 people and affected almost 1.5 million people since the start of the rainy season in June, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports.
Opinions: MDGs In Africa; Development Maintenance; U.S. Efforts To Eradicate Polio; Global Fund Commitment
Achieving MDGs In Africa Will Require Money, Partnership, Resources Addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa “will not only require extra spending, but also better spending,” as well as the improvement of social services and priority setting, Kingsley Alu writes in a Leadership column. “Although the MDGs may appear…
Also In Global Health News: Concurrent Partners And HIV; Disease Concerns In Pakistan; Mozambique’s Chronic Hunger Problems; Family Planning And Food In Niger; Maternal Health In Sierra Leone; Malaria In Myanmar
IRIN/PlusNews Examines Debate On The Impact Of Concurrent Partners On HIV Transmission Researchers have begun to “explore concurrency as a possible explanation for why parts of the continent have been so hard hit by HIV,” however “not everyone in the scientific community accepts the theory,” IRIN/PlusNews writes in an article…
The number of dengue cases “has more than doubled in the last decade” in the Western Pacific, according to the WHO, BBC reports. “National resources need to be mobilized to sustain dengue prevention and control, and the disease’s profile needs to be raised on the global health agenda to stimulate the interest of international agencies and donors,” said Shin Young-soo, the WHO’s regional director for the Western Pacific, where the majority of the population at risk of dengue lives.
In parts of Asia, “policies outlawing sex work are undermining HIV/AIDS prevention efforts by fragmenting and stigmatizing the sex workers and turning condom possession into an act that could lead to jail time, NGO officials say,” IRIN reports (10/15).
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U.N. Women Receives $10M Grant To Prevent Violence Against Women In 18 CountriesÂ The new U.N. agency focused on women, which combines four existing agencies,Â has receivedÂ a $10 millionÂ grant from the U.N. Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (U.N. Trust Fund), the Women News Network/Guardian reports.…
Noting that Friday is Global Handwashing Day, the Los Angeles Times writes, “Every year, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections cause the death of more than 3.5 million children under age 5. These figures could be cut dramatically if handwashing with soap were widely practiced, experts say.”
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) released a statement in advance of Saturday’s World Food Day saying that the “world’s biggest donors of food aid … continued to supply and fund nutritionally ‘substandard’ food to developing countries, despite scientific evidence showing it was of little value in reducing child malnutrition,” Reuters AlertNet reports.
Also In Global Health News: Hunger In Pakistan; Least Developed Countries; Dengue Treatment; Nevirapine Studies
As Winter Approaches, UNICEF Estimates 250,000 Pakistani Children ‘Critically’ Lack Food “As winter approaches on Pakistan’s flooded southern plains, thousands of malnourished children are living in dirty, spartan tents without prospect of a home, officials and U.N. workers say,” Agence France-Presse reports. U.N. figures estimate “nearly three million children under…