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Also In Global Health News: Online Tools For Infectious Diseases; Liberian Health Funds Misused; Drinking Water In India; Humanitarian Aid In Pakistan

Online Map, Twitter Could Be Used To Predict, Warn Against Spread Of Infectious Diseases The “Supramap” application, which is an online map that shows the spread of pathogens and significant mutations across time, could be a helpful way for scientists to monitor and predict infectious disease outbreaks, according to a…

Opinions: Health And Living Conditions; H1N1, One Year Later; Global Water Shortages

Better Living Conditions Can Improve Health Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford write in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece about the need to “address the constant crisis families face daily in deplorable living conditions.” The authors reflect on several health problems associated with unsanitary and crowded living…

WHO Discusses Shortcomings Of Its H1N1 Response

Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s top influenza expert, on Monday said the organization did not effectively communicate the uncertainties of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, which led to confusion worldwide, Reuters reports.

Opinions: African Aid; Aid To Haiti; DDT

In Africa, Aid ‘Alone’ Won’t Relieve Poverty and Underdevelopment “There is a fashion that is half right in saying that aid is not the answer to Africa’s plight. Where it is wrong is that aid — especially focused on the killer diseases, like HIV/AIDS or malaria — saves lives and…

News Outlets Report On Food Crisis In Sahel Region of Africa

A food crisis is developing across the Sahel region – from Mauritania and Guinea to Nigeria and Sudan – where “[m]illions” of people are facing hunger and malnutrition, aid groups say, afrol News reports.

Experts Begin Probe Of WHO’s Response To H1N1

Health experts on Monday began a probe of how the WHO responded to the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic “nearly a year after global alarm was raised over the new swine flu strain,” Agence France-Presse reports (Capella, 4/12).

Boston Globe Examines How PEPFAR Budget Pressures Are Affecting AIDS Clinics In Africa

“U.S. officials have asked some AIDS clinics overseas to stop enrolling new patients in a U.S.-sponsored program that provides lifesaving antiretroviral drugs, in a bid to stem the rising costs of one of the most ambitious US assistance programs, according to interviews with doctors and official correspondence,” the Boston Globe reports.

Study Finds Overall Increase In Developing Country Domestic Health Spending, Some Countries Have Reduced Health Budgets As Donor Funding Increases

Researchers on Friday released a study in the Lancet that found while “[m]ost countries in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East doubled their health budgets,” countries in sub-Saharan Africa appear to have trimmed their health spending as donors have boosted their health aid, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.

After Haiti Visit, Congresswoman Says She Saw No Sign Of Red Cross

After a visit to Haiti, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Thursday that she did not see evidence of the organization during a trip to the country earlier this week with Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Kristin Gilibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), The Hill’s Washington Scene reports. “We were actually pretty struck by the fact that we didn’t see the Red Cross anywhere, at all,” she said (O’Brien, 4/8).