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Also In Global Health News: Carter Promotes Malaria Eradication; India To Educate Tribal Populations About HIV/AIDS; WFP Feels Impact Of Global Recession

Carter Visits Haiti, Dominican Republic To Promote Efforts To Eradicate Malaria

Former President Jimmy Carter is traveling to Haiti and the Dominican Republic in hopes of encouraging the country “leaders to forge a pact to rid the island of Hispaniola of malaria,” the Associated Press/Los Angeles Times reports. “An estimated 30,000 Haitians and several thousand people across the border in the Dominican Republic are infected each year with the mosquito-borne illness. Hispaniola is malaria’s last Caribbean outpost,” the news service writes (Bluestein, 10/7).

India
‘s National AIDS Control Organization To Target Tribal Populations

IANS/Thaindian.com examines India’s new efforts to educate the country’s tribal populations about HIV/AIDS prevention and control. India’s National AIDS Control Organization plans to work through traditional healers and other health care providers in the community to teach tribal members about HIV/AIDS and connect those in need to health services (Bajeli-Datt, 10/7).

Globe And Mail Examines How Global Recession Is Impacting Donations To WFP

The Globe and Mail examines the global recession’s effect on developed countries’ funding commitments to the World Food Program (WFP). The recession has left greater numbers of the world’s poor in a food crisis. “Italy, Ireland, and the Netherlands, one of the world’s most generous donors, have announced they will cut aid or fall short of earlier promises,” the newspaper writes, adding “The WFP says food aid is at a 20-year low, and only half of its $6.7-billion budget to feed 108 million people has been confirmed” (Perreaux, 10/7).