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Also In Global Health News: Contraceptives In The Philippines; China Health System; TB Vaccine; Carlos Slim Foundation

Despite Church’s Opposition, Philippines To Distribute Contraceptives The government of the Philippines “will provide contraceptives to poor couples who request it despite strong opposition from the dominant Roman Catholic church” to which more than 80 percent of the country belongs, Agence France-Presse reports. President Benigno Aquino said during a visit to the United States last…

Also In Global Health News: WHO Flu Response; Sanitation In Mozambique; Interfaith HIV/AIDS Summit; HIV/AIDS In Uganda; South African Hospital Renovations; HIV Vaccine Development

Chan Defends WHO’s Response To H1N1 On Tuesday, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan defended her agency’s response to the H1N1 flu pandemic saying, “I personally do not believe that WHO exaggerated the threat,” and that “[a] new disease is, by definition, poorly understood as it emerges,” Reuters reports. Chan continued, “Had…

HIV/AIDS Researchers, Government Officials Track Progress, Forecast Challenges For HIV Vaccine Development

More than 1,000 researchers, government officials and advocates are gathering in Atlanta this week to discuss the progress and future challenges in the development of a vaccine that protects against HIV, FierceVaccines reports (Carroll, 9/29). The AIDS Vaccine 2010 meeting, which kicked off Tuesday, will run through Friday, according to the website for the meeting (undated).

U.N. MDG Summit Begins; UNAIDS Data Shows 22 African Countries See Drop In New HIV Infections

“Ten years after world leaders set the most ambitious goals ever to tackle global poverty, they are meeting again to try to spur action to meet the targets by the 2015 deadline – which the U.N. says will be difficult, if not impossible, in some cases,” the Associated Press reports. More than 140 world leaders are scheduled to participate in the three-day U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which kicks off Monday.

U.N. General Assembly Opens 65th Session With A Look Ahead To Next Week’s MDG Summit

The U.N. General Assembly opened its 65th session on Tuesday in New York with the new Assembly President Joseph Deiss, former Swiss foreign minister, calling for the focus of the upcoming year to be prioritizing efforts to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), reaffirming the role of the U.N. in global governance and promoting sustainable development, Xinhua reports (9/15).

Reuters Examines Conditional Cash Transfer Programs In Latin America

Reuters examines a program providing cash incentives to “more than 2.6 million Colombians, mostly women with young children living in extreme poverty” in exchange for their participation in “health workshops” and their commitment to ensuring their children receive “regular medical check-ups,” receive immunizations and “attend school at least 80 percent of the time.”

Opinions: Genetically-Modified Crops Can Improve Vaccines; MDG Focus On Women And Girls; U.S. Leadership For MDGs; Boosting Access To Drugs; Merits Of Bilateral Development Assistance

‘Hysteria Over Genetically-Modified Crops’ Hampers Vaccine Improvement “The U.N. estimates that diarrheal diseases kill 1.8 million people every year. … So you might take it as good news that American company Ventria Bioscience says it has hit on an improvement to existing rehydration therapies, which could mean another tool in the…

World Leaders Address Country Ownership, Accountability, Women At MDG Summit

“African leaders said on Tuesday they could do more to meet U.N. goals to slash extreme poverty and urged stronger leadership among developing countries to tackle hunger and disease and attract investment,” Reuters reports in an article that examines the leaders call for African nations to take greater ownership of their development.