Plans for USAID’s new Bureau of Policy Planning and Learning are moving ahead, Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable” reports.
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Also In Global Health News: Child Mortality In Nepal; India Sanitation; Tony Blair On Aid; HIV Prevention Clinical Trial; Maternal Health
“Under-Five Deaths Show Robust Decline But Hurdles Remain,” Inter Press Service (Sharma, 6/9). “Uncollected Feces Highlight Urban Indian Sanitation Challenge,” Bloomberg (Gale, 6/9). “Tony Blair Urges ‘Tough Love’ Approach To Aid,” Guardian (Wintour/Elliott, 6/8). “New Vaginal Ring Borrows From Birth Control To Fight AIDS,” Agence France-Presse (6/8). “Maternal Health Still…
A report (.pdf), released Wednesday by the group ACTION (Advocacy to Control TB Internationally), finds that the World Bank and its partners’ programs to fight tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa are “not achieving intended outcomes” and have been mostly ineffective, Agence France-Presse reports.
“Toilets: A Simple Solution to World Health Issues,” Los Angeles Times (Koss, 6/9). “Making the G8 maternal health campaign meaningful,” Globe and Mail editorial (6/8).
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s plans this month to close its plant in Meymac, France, that manufactures “the last therapeutic option” for HIV-positive babies has drawn criticism from UNITAID, Reuters reports. In an open letter published in the Lancet (.pdf), UNITAID writes that “[c]losing this factory means that 4,000 to 7,000 babies currently enrolled in treatment plans in developing countries through UNITAID could be left without the medicines they need.”
During the Women Deliver conference on Monday Melinda Gates announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “will spend $1.5 billion over the next five years on maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition in developing countries, a pledge that signals a new focus for the foundation known for concentrating on vaccines and AIDS,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Jordan, 6/7).
“Millennium development goals: Profit has a place at the base of the pyramid,” Financial TimesÂ (Murray, 6/7). “ViiV, Elizabeth Glaser Pact To Expedite Access To ARV Treatment”,” Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal (Musha Baba, 6/7). “Novartis, Sanofi Pursue ‘Cash Machine’ in Indian Countryside,” Bloomberg (Sharma, 6/7).Â Agence France-PressÂ (6/7) and The PunchÂ (Nwankwo, 6/8)…
In light of the recent launch of USAID’s “Feed the Future” initiative, the Washington Post features a Q&A with Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the agency. The interview addresses what the program will look like on the ground, the focus on female farmers and related topics (Sheridan, 6/7). Meanwhile, the…
G8 Final Communique Draft Shows Agreement On Maternal, Child Health Initiative, Funding Amounts Not Yet Set
A final communique draft completed last month for the upcoming G8 summit states that leaders will agree on a maternal health initiative that focuses on improving access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, in the developing world, the Globe and Mail reports. The draft leaves “G8 countries free to decide whether their programs on reproductive health will fund abortions” (Clark, 6/4).
Governments worldwide should work with the U.N. on a joint action plan to significantly improve the health of women and children around the world by 2015, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a speech at the opening of the Women Deliver conference on Monday in Washington, DC, Agence France-Presse reports.