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Journal Of Infectious Diseases Explores Why Safe Water Alone Does Not Stop Diarrhea Among Infants Born To HIV-Positive Mothers A study appearing in the Journal of Infectious Diseases explores how well access to safe drinking water reduces rates of diarrhea experienced by 6-month-old infants born to HIV-infected mothers following weaning.…

Secretary of State Clinton Announces Food Security Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday “unveiled … a food security initiative launched by the Obama administration to combat hunger worldwide,” the Associated Press reports. “Clinton spoke about a new approach from the Obama administration in dealing with hunger issues — a food security initiative that attempts to help people around the world grow, buy and sell the food they need instead of focusing primarily on emergency food aid in times of crisis,” the news service writes.

Ban, Clinton Call For Increased Food Security Efforts

At a meeting on Saturday of “leaders, ministers, experts and non-governmental organizations from nearly 100 countries,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater urgency in the fight against hunger, Agence France-Presse reports.

Also In Global Health News: Tanzania’s Development Initiatives; Disease Surveillance In West Africa; Water, Sanitation In Kenya, Malawi; Doctor Fights Lassa Fever

U.S. Speaker Of The House Recognizes Tanzania’s Commitment To Development Initiatives House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently commended Tanazanian President Jakaya Kikwete on the country’s utilization of U.S. aid money and vowed her support for the country’s future development projects, during a meeting in Washington, D.C., the Zimbabwean reports. “Pelosi hailed President…

Flooding In The Philippines Could Spread Infectious Diseases, Health Department Says

The Health Department in the Philippines “warned Monday of a possible spread of infectious diseases” in the capital of Manila, which has had the largest rainfall “in nearly half a century, according to the government weather bureau,” the New York Times reports. Rains have flooded “80 percent of this metropolis of 12 million people” and killed 240 so far. The government declared a “‘state of calamity’ in metropolitan Manila and 25 storm-hit provinces, including many that had not flooded before, allowing officials to use emergency funds for relief and rescue,” the newspaper writes.

Also In Global Health News: Drought In East Africa; Improving Food Processing In Africa; Hajj Pilgrims Must Take Polio Vaccine; Fighting Insecticide-Resistant Mosquitoes

Oxfam Launches $15M Emergency Appeal For ‘Severe’ East African Drought “A severe and persistent five-year drought” is pushing “[m]ore than 23 million people … towards severe hunger and destitution across East Africa, international aid agency Oxfam has warned as it launches a £9.5 million [about $15 million] emergency appeal,” the U.K. Press…

Recent Releases: Measuring Maternal Death; Improving Health Systems; Goosby Remarks; World Health Summit; Early Nutrition Programs; ART Delivery Model; HIV/AIDS Research; Cash Transfers As A Standard For Aid; G20, U.N. Neglect Global Health

Researchers Tackle How To Capture ‘An Accurate Picture’ Of Maternal Death In order to meet the Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal deaths, “countries need an accurate picture of the causes and levels of maternal deaths,” write the authors of a WHO Bulletin editorial that describes the recent efforts by…

U.N. Security Council Adopts Resolution Condemning Sexual Violence

“The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning sexual violence in war zones, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presiding and appealing for global action to end the scourge,” the Associated Press reports.

Also In Global Health News: U.S. Aid To Somalia; Nigerian Health Workers Strike; Male Circumcision In Swaziland; PEPFAR In Uganda

U.S. Government Adjusts Aid Terms To Groups Seeking Humanitarian Grants In Somalia The U.S. State and Treasury departments together with USAID have reached an agreement that will allow several aid agencies in Somalia to receive humanitarian grants upon meeting several conditions, “unlock[ing] millions of dollars in relief resources that had…

U.S. Should Provide More Leadership In Finding TB Vaccine, Opinion Piece Says

Tuberculosis deserves an effort as “substantial” as the one mounted against swine flu “to develop a new vaccine,” David McMurray, a TB expert at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, writes in a Houston Chronicle opinion piece. “Since April, … nearly one million men, women and children have died from TB, compared to 4,200 who have died from H1N1 flu globally. Why didn’t you see any headlines? Because 98 percent of the nearly two million people who die each year from TB live in the developing world, in places like Kenya … Yet TB continues to be a problem in [the U.S.] as well because in an age of globalization, germs cross borders without a passport,” McMurray writes.