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U.N. Officials Recognize International Day Of The Midwife

U.N. officials, recognizing the International Day of the Midwife on Thursday, lauded the efforts of midwives worldwide and “called for greater investment to ensure their life-saving services are available to all who need them around the world,” the U.N. News Centre reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

USAID’s Work In Asia: “In 25 countries across Asia, from Kazakhstan to Papua New Guinea, we work to support the success of emerging economies and help address the challenges of hunger and poverty. We do this not just by extending a helping hand, but sharing the hope of the American…

‘Confluence Of Circumstances’ Resulted In Haitian Cholera Outbreak, U.N.-Appointed Panel Says

Haiti’s cholera outbreak, which started last October, “was caused by a South Asian strain that contaminated a river where tens of thousands of people wash, bath, drink and play,” a report (.pdf) from an independent U.N.-appointed panel said on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. “Although many have blamed the epidemic on U.N. peacekeepers from South Asia working in Haiti, the report issued by the panel declined to point the finger at any single group for the outbreak, saying it was the result of a ‘confluence of circumstances'” (5/4).

U.N. Report Forecasts Global Population Increases Through 2100

The world’s population “is expected to grow from nearly 6.9 billion currently to 9.3 billion by 2050 and 10.1 billion by 2100,” the U.N. said in a report on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports, noting that the U.N. uses the projections “to devise and fund programs for problems ranging from climate change to maternal mortality” (5/3).

Desmond Tutu Calls On Youth To Lead Next Generation In HIV/AIDS Fight

Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Tuesday at a meeting on Robben Island, South Africa, that “was meant to be a symbolic passing of the torch from an older generation of activists to younger people,” called on youth to lead the next generation in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Agence France-Presse reports (5/3).

Recent Releases In Global Health

PEPFAR Annual Meeting: The meeting, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week, “provides a unique opportunity for us to reflect upon our achievements, work on solutions to solve the latest challenges, and identify the next steps to carry this momentum forward,” and “serves as a testament to the remarkable contributions of…

Also In Global Health News: HIV/AIDS Media Training; Global Health Program Model; Gates Fellow Appointed To UNICEF; Profile Of Mo Ibrahim

HIV/AIDS Media Trainings In Kuwait, The Gambia The UNDP kicked off a three-day workshop “for representatives of the Kuwaiti media about positively impacting the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS,” Zawya reports. “The event, which is being attended by medical professionals and experts, members of the media, and even some clerics who…

Opinions: Population Growth; Global HIV Response; Global Malaria Fight; Child Brides

Heed Population Dynamics International population dynamics are a “ticking time bomb, which we cannot afford to neglect any longer,” George Tsereteli, president of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development, writes in a New Europe opinion piece. “The strain that these burgeoning populations place on all the available natural and…