After floods in northwest Pakistan have “already killed up to 1,200 people” and forced 2 million from their homes, authorities are now concerned about disease spread, the Associated Press reports. “To avert the looming threat of spread of waterborne diseases, especially cholera, we have dispatched dozens of mobile medical teams in the affected districts,” said medical official Sohail Altaf. Altaf said no concrete cases of cholera have been reported in the country but “fear of an outbreak is high,” and patients with “stomach problems from dirty water” are being seen in medical camps (Brummitt, 8/2).
US Global Health Policy
Obama Administration officials on Friday unveiled the U.S. government’s strategy to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during a meeting at the U.N. Foundation “that was closed to the press,” Washington Post’s “Checkpoint Washington” blog reports.
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) visited Pakistan on Thursday “to assess the damage and relief efforts” as flooding continues and millions remain in need of humanitarian aid, the New York Times reports. According to the newspaper Kerry “said the United States would increase its flood aid to $150 million” (Masood/Gall, 8/19).
Study Finds Evidence That Single-Disease Initiatives May Compromise Fragile Health Systems In Low-Income Countries
Single-disease initiatives in low-income countries with fragile health systems may compromise the ability of such health systems to meet the other health needs of the community, according to a study published Tuesday in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, VaccineNewsDaily.com reports (Purlain, 8/18).
Pakistani government officials say the death toll from the country’s flooding stands at more than 1,600 and it could rise significantly as flood waters recede and more bodies are identified, CNN reports (8/28). “There is no official estimate of the number of missing because mass displacements have made accounting for them almost impossible,” according to Reuters (Haider, 8/29).
Opinions: MDG Progress; Drug Patents; Aid For Scientific Research; Avoiding Food Crises; Hunger In India; U.S. Commitments To PEPFAR, Global Fund
MDGs Are Less About Timeline, More About Identifiable Progress “Between the catastrophes of the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods, there was actually some good news this spring on the global health front, which offers hope that the United Nations’ ambitious Millennium Development Goals might not be at a standstill.…
Opinions: AIDS 2010; Clean Water, Sanitation; Russia’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic; Financial Tax; Medical Abortion In Developing Countries
GHIÂ Builds On PEPFARÂ HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment Programs A VOA News editorialÂ by the U.S. government reflects on last month’s International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010, includingÂ key advancements such as the vaginal microbicide gel found to offer womenÂ some protectionÂ against HIV infection as well discussions about funding for the fight against HIV/AIDS and how the “criminalization…
Ties Between Global Health, National Security, Jobs Emphasized At Recent Meeting In Washington State
The message that U.S. investments in global health “helps advance longer term security and development goals” while also supporting a “small but growing industry with good paying jobs and world class research” was the focus of a recent meeting between officials from Washington, D.C. and Washington State, the Seattle Times’ “Business of Giving” blog writes.
“Bipartisan legislation that would mandate a comprehensive plan to combat violence against women worldwide is poised for a potential congressional vote, marking tough new action by the United States on a problem that’s commonplace across the globe,” McClatchy Newspapers reports.
The U.S.-funded Haitian Apparel Center, which aims to train about 2,000 workers per year, was opened in the capital of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. The new center will help Haitian companies evolve from making “simple things, like sheets and T-shirts, to more complex garments,” according to U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten. “And more complex garments mean higher profit margins and more money coming into the country,” he added (Lush, 8/11).