IRIN reports that Ghanaians “are mixing high hopes with caution” in anticipation of President Obama’s arrival in the country Friday â€“ “his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa.”
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The World Food Programme (WFP) issued an urgent appeal on Tuesday for $23 million in “financial support from international donors for food aid to Yemen specifically targeted at women and children,” AFP/Google.com reports.
G8 Addresses Developing Nation Economic Assistance, Reforming African Aid, Establishing Farming Investment, Food Security, Climate Change
Leaders of the world’s five biggest developing economies (G5) â€“ Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa â€“ joined the G8 summit on Thursday in an effort to get international financial institutions to use their “multi-billion dollar government bailouts to help developing countries emerge from the economic crisis,” AFP/Google.com reports.
“The White House, months before flu season, will roll out the big guns Thursday for a swine flu preparedness summit, underscoring the importance the Obama administration is placing on the pandemic,” CNN reports.
“[E]xplicit indicators to measure progress in reducing heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases” are missing from the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) agenda as it meets in Geneva this week “to focus on implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to public health,” and the “omission needs to be urgently addressed if the intent is to have a major impact on reducing poverty by 2015,” write the authors of an opinion piece in the Hindu.
Also In Global Health News: Kenya Donor Fund Management; Malaria In Afghanistan; Pneumococcal Vaccine In Rwanda; Female Condom
Kenya Seeking Agents To Manage Health Donor Funds Kenya’s health ministry is looking to appoint agents to manage funds from the CDC â€“ “a key donor to the health sector” â€“ and other donors, Business Daily/allAfrica.com reports. The move by the government comes after “revelations that some key health institutions”…
Wall Street Journal Examines Project Aimed At Delivering Drinking Water To Populations In India, China
The Wall Street Journal examines how a “rainwater harvesting project,” called Aakash Ganga is delivering water to India’s northern state of Rajasthan â€“ one of the driest states in India â€“ and expanding into China’s Guiyang Municipality.
Climate Change, Hunger, Economy G8 Summit Top Priorities; France’s First Lady Calls On G8 To Expand On Global Health ‘Achievements’
President Barack Obama joined world leaders in Italy on Wednesday for “three days of intense talks on threats to global security and stability” at a G8 summit “where climate change, the continuing global economy crisis and world hunger got top billing,” AP/Google.com reports.
In South Africa â€“ “the quality of health care, including access to HIV prevention and testing services,” largely depends on which of the country’s 52 districts a resident lives in â€“ according to findings in the latest District Health Barometer (DHB), an annual report by Health Systems Trust, IRIN reports.
Inter Press Service News Agency examines the shortcomings of treatments for neglected tropical diseases â€“ which, according to the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), account “for 12 percent of the global disease burden,” and 1.3 percent of the new drugs developed between 1975 to 2004.