Concerns about radiation leaks from Japan’s nuclear plant, which was damaged in the recent earthquake and tsunami, might be “diverting attention from potentially worse threats to public health … like the cold and disrupted supplies of water,” Reuters reports.
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IRIN/PlusNews Examines TB, HIV Drug Shortages In Zambia IRIN/PlusNews reports onÂ the severe HIV and tuberculosis drug stock-outs and rationing that has occurred in Zambia, whichÂ lost its funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria late last year. Lynn Tamba, TB program officer at the Christian Health Association…
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BMJ News Examines Ongoing EU-India Trade Talks’ Impact On Access To Affordable Medicines In a piece examining health advocates’ ongoing concerns over how free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between the EU and India could impact access to affordable generic medicines, BMJ News writes, “Patients’ representatives and health aid workers who…
Disease epidemics threaten tens of thousands of refugees who have fled the violence in Libya and crossed over into southern Tunisia, Eric Laroche, WHO assistant director-general for Health Action in Crises, said at a news briefing on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reports.
Britain To Cut Foreign Aid For 16 Countries, Focus More On Family Planning, Safe Water, Maternal Mortality
British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell on Tuesday announced major changes to the nation’s international aid program based on a nine-month review of the agency’s policies, Reuters reports. “This government is taking a radically different approach to aid. We want to be judged on our results, not on how much money we are spending,” Mitchell said of the changes to the aid program.
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Sexual Violence Hinders Girls’ Education, UNESCO Report Says In its annual report on education, the U.N.Â Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) highlights howÂ sexual violence affects development issues, including girls’ education, the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” reports. According to UNESCO,Â “in 35 countries affected by conflict there are 28 million children out…
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IRIN/PlusNews Examines Efforts To Integrate HIV/AIDS Treatment And Maternal, Child Health Care IRIN/PlusNews examines Kenya’s efforts to integrate maternal and child health care and HIV/AIDS services as a way to ensure more pregnant women and mothers living with HIV/AIDS receive the treatment they need. The article describes the success of…
The U.N. on Friday said Haiti’s cholera outbreak appears to be waning overall, but high death rates from the virus in rural regions of the country remain a concern, the Associated Press reports. According to figures released by the Haitian government, 231,070 cholera cases and 4,549 deaths from the disease have been reported since the outbreak first emerged in October.
“The global cases of Guinea worm disease have plunged to another new all-time low, former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday, bringing health workers closer to their goal of eradicating the disease,” the Canadian Press reports (Bluestein, 2/17).
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Tanzania Unlikely To Reach MDG Targets, Local Organizations Say “Local organizations say that it’s unlikely for Tanzania to achieve targets set under the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 because the country is still besieged by pervasive unemployment, high levels of poverty, escalating child mortality and counterproductive rural-urban migration,”…