The governments of the United States, India, and Ethiopia, in collaboration with UNICEF, on Thursday launched the Child Survival Call to Action in Washington, D.C., during a two-day event that brings together world leaders, public health experts, child health advocates and others in an effort to reduce child mortality to 20 per 1,000 by 2035 worldwide, with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child deaths. The following summarizes several opinion pieces addressing the effort.
Water and Sanitation
“Bangladesh, a country crisscrossed with rivers and canals, has one of the highest drowning rates in the world,” the Guardian reports. “More than 17,000 Bangladeshi children drown every year — nearly 50 a day, according to the Bangladesh health and injury survey [.pdf], conducted in 2003,” the news service writes. “A report by UNICEF and the Alliance for Safe Children (Tasc) has found that the cause of death in roughly one in four children who die between one and 10 years of age is drowning,” making “drowning the leading killer of children in Bangladesh, overtaking diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia,” the Guardian adds.
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AIDS Vaccine, Cure Important Long-Term Solutions A Globe and Mail editorial discusses the importance of “the quest for an AIDS vaccine and the search for a cure,” stating that “it is simply not possible to ‘treat’ our way out of this disease.” The authors write thatÂ “for every person who receives…
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Court Accepts China’s First HIV Discrimination Case, State Media ReportsÂ “A municipal court in central China has accepted the country’s first lawsuit alleging work discrimination because of HIV status, state media reported Tuesday,” the Associated Press reports (8/31). “The lawsuit alleges city officials denied the plaintiff, a recent college graduate,…
The World Bank on Tuesday issued a report (.pdf) calling for an more integrated approach to worldwide water management, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports (9/1). “We can’t properly tackle global priorities of food security, renewable energy, adaptation to climate change, public health and urbanization unless we manage water better,” Julia Bucknall, water sector manager for the World Bank, said, according to a World Bank press release (8/31).
A group of more than 350 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concluded a U.N. forum in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday with a call for world leaders to step up their commitments to achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Australian Associated Press/Sydney Morning Herald reports (Rose, 9/1).
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Congolese Community Leaders Warned U.N. About Security; 240 RapeÂ Victims Now Identified “Congolese community leaders say they begged local U.N. officials and army commanders to protect villagers days before rebels gang-raped scores of people, from a month-old baby boy to a 110-year-old great-great-grandmother,” the Associated Press reports. The Walikale Civil Association…
Ahead of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 20-22, the media examines different aspects of the MDGs.
A group of over 2,500 leading water experts from 130 countries gathered in Stockholm on Sunday to kick off World Water Week, where they will focus on “increasing water pollution and dwindling water quality around the globe,” Agence France-Presse reports (Larson, 9/5).
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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…