“The cholera epidemic in Haiti is gathering pace and some violence is expected when the country holds elections this week, U.N. officials warned Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse reports. The official death toll from cholera is now above 1,400, but “experts believe that the real toll is close to 2,000 dead and the number of cases is between 60,000 and 70,000 rather than the 50,000 given by the authorities, Nigel Fisher, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Haiti said,” according to the news service (11/23).
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Study Estimates Cost Savings Associated With Global Polio Eradication; Global Post Examines Vaccination Efforts In Africa
Research published in the November issue of the journal Vaccine found that a global campaign to eliminate polio could save between $40 billion and $50 billion “over the next few decades if the crippling disease is wiped out within five years,” Bloomberg reports (Gale, 11/22).
Also In Global Health News: Bird Flu In Hong Kong; Counterfeit Drugs In Africa; Dep. Sec. Of State For Management, Resources; HIV/AIDS In S. Africa; World Toilet Day
Bird Flu Case In Hong Kong Isolated Health officials in Hong Kong confirmed on MondayÂ that the woman diagnosed with H5N1 (bird) flu after a trip to China this monthÂ is now in stable conditionÂ and did not contract a new strain of the virus, SAPA/DPA/Mail & Guardian report. Additionally, her case appears…
The U.S. is falling short on its goal of improving conditions for the 2.6 billion people worldwide without access to clean water and sanitation despite the fact the Water for the Poor Act became law in 2005, according to a report (.pdf) released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), WaterAid, CARE and 11 other organization, Food Safety News reports (11/19).
New This Week In The Kaiser Global Health Policy Tracker: The President’s Malaria Initiative announced a new focus country and USAID released aÂ new fact sheet on the agency’s reform initiative. Kaiser’s Policy Tracker provides a timely single reference point for the latest information on congressional andÂ administrationÂ action on global health. Strengthening…
Cholera Case Confirmed In Dominican Republic; Haitian Protestors Blame U.N. Peacekeeping Troops For Cholera Outbreak
Officials on Tuesday said they had confirmed the first case of cholera in Haiti’s neighbor, the Dominican Republic, the Associated Press/Forbes reports (11/16). Bautista Rojas, the Dominican health minister, said the patient is a 32-year-old Haitian construction worker who recently returned from Haiti, the BBC reports. The patient is receiving treatment in isolation in the eastern town of Higuey, Rojas said (11/16).
Also In Global Health News: Food Aid For North Korea; Funds For Congo Polio Outbreak; HIV/AIDS Programs In Swaziland; Drug Shortages In Moscow
North Korea Urgently Needs Food Aid, U.N. Report Says North Korea urgently needs food aid especially for young children, pregnant women and seniors, the World Food Program (WFP) and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a joint report (.pdf), the New York Times reports. TheÂ agencies said though…
“Nearly 20 percent of the world’s population still defecates in the open, and action to improve hygiene, sanitation and water supply could prevent more than 2 million child deaths a year, health experts said” on Monday, following the release of a series of papers on water and sanitation published in the journal PLoS Medicine, Reuters reports (Kelland, 11/15).
Cholera Deaths In Haiti Top 900; U.N. Appeals For $164M To Deal With Outbreak That Could Affect 200,000
Haiti’s Health Ministry on Sunday said 917 cholera deaths had been reported in the country as of Friday and more than 14,600 people had been hospitalized, according to an update on the ministry’s website, Reuters reports. The disease has been detected in six of the country’s 10 provinces, according to the Health Ministry. “The central rural province of Artibonite, the epicenter of the epidemic, remained the worst affected, accounting for nearly 600 of the total deaths,” the news service writes. As of November 12, authorities had recorded 27 deaths in the capital city of Port-au-Prince (11/14).
Developing World Access To Medication: “Access to life-saving, essential medicines must be improved,” Josh Ruxin, founder and director of the Access Project and director of Rwanda Works,Â writes in a Forbes’ “Science Business” blog. After looking at the debate over whether the free market can help improve access and examining programs,…