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PLoS Medicine Editorial Argues For Water Access To Be Considered Human Right

“As scientists warn that the world’s fresh water supplies will soon run critically short, and companies scramble to privatize them, some researchers and activists say water should be considered a basic human right,” Wired’s blog, “Wired Science” writes of an editorial published in PLoS Medicine Tuesday.

Also In Global Health News: Venezuela Voids Pharma Patents; Namibia Sanitation; Mapping Disease With Satellites; Zimbabwe Health Funding

Venezuela To Void Some Pharmaceutical Patents Commerce Minister Eduardo Saman on Saturday said Venezuela plans to void some pharmaceutical patents and allow domestic manufacturers to produce licensed medicines, the AP/Buffalo News reports. “Saman said the measure is aimed at making the interests of powerful drug companies secondary to the needs…

Also In Global Health News: Health Allocations In Pakistan; Uganda Gets Malaria Drugs, Malnutrition Examined; Clean Water In Dominican Republic

Pakistan ‘s Allocations For Public Health MDG Lagging Despite U.N. Millennium Development Goals requiring the public health expenditure be raised to 2 percent of the GDP by 2015, currently 0.7 percent of Pakistan’s GDP has been allocated for the country’s health sector, the International News reports. “Pakistan is lagging behind…

Also In Global Health News: HIV/AIDS Successes In Latin America, Caribbean; Nepalese Women’s Health; Drinking Water In Cameroon; Indonesian IDUs

UNAIDS Executive Director Highlights Latin America, Caribbean Successes In Battle Against HIV/AIDS The CMC/Jamaica Observer examines recent comments made by UNAIDS Executive Director Michael Sidibe that Latin America and the Caribbean have made major strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “In the Caribbean and Latin America, governments and health system…

U.N. Agencies Increase Request for Foreign Donations to Zimbabwe

Amid Zimbabwe’s growing humanitarian crisis, U.N. agencies on Monday released a revised statement of appeal for foreign donations totaling $718 million for “food, clean water, AIDS medicines and other aid – up from an estimate of $550 million in November,” the AP/Washington Post reports.