“The world’s anti-poverty gains achieved over the past years are being eroded by the presence of multiple crises, including an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, increased food [in]security, oil prices volatility and climate change,” according to a report released Monday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the opening of an annual high-level segment of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Bermana reports.
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Chinese and U.S. health officials opened an epidemiology center in Shanghai Tuesday to train experts to deal with and prevent chronic and epidemic diseases, the Associated Press reports.
Greenwire/New York Times reports on the growing number of cases of dengue worldwide, including the CDC’s report last month that the virus has now been locally acquired in the continental U.S. for the first time in 65 years. “While a few cases were reported earlier, they were primarily in Americans who had caught the virus abroad or at the Texas-Mexico border,” the news service writes.
Daily Nation Reports On USAID’s 2-Year, $11.5M Market Linkages Initiative To Improve Food Security In East Africa
USAID will contribute $11.5 million for the Market Linkages Initiative (MLI), a two-year program aimed at promoting trade in “staple foods” in East Africa, the Daily Nation reports.
The FDA’s new rare disease review group will hold its first public hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss how to expand efforts to develop treatments for rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people, Reuters. “The new rare disease review group is part of a broadened effort to encourage companies to spend more money on the more than 6,000 rare diseases identified,” Reuters writes, adding that the FDA “already offer[s] companies grants and guaranties seven years of market exclusivity for drugs that treat rare diseases.”
Also In Global Health News: India’s Right To Information Law; Flu Treatment Study; Haiti Food Aid; U.S. Commits $88M To Zambia; Measles In Africa
New York Times Examines India’s Right To Information Law The New York TimesÂ examines India’s Right to Information law and how it has “newly empowered” the country’s poor. The law enables citizens to file requests for information on pending housing stipends, government pensions or “almost any information from the government,” according…
Efforts To Contain Drug-Resistant Malaria Near Thai-Cambodian Border Appear To Be Working, Officials Say
A two-year effort aimed at preventing the emergence of drug-resistant malaria near the border between Cambodia and Thailand is showing signs of success, Duong Socheat, head of Cambodia’s National Center for Malaria Control, said on Friday, DPA/Earth Times reports.
Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago â€¦ now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”
G8 ‘Failed Its Own Leadership Test’Â On Maternal, Child Health Commitments A Toronto Star editorial reflects on the pledges of G8 countries to the Muskoka Initiative to improve maternal and child health care, noting, while Canada’s $1.1 billion over five years “fell noticeably short of the $1.2 billion the G8 and…
Also In Global Health News: Bahamas HIV Money; Zambian Health Ministry Corruption; U.N. Women’s Body; U.S. Flu Emergency Declaration Expires
Bahamas To Receive $2M Over 3 Years For HIV Programs The Bahamas will receive more than $2 million over three years from PEPFAR for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, strategic information and counseling, the Nassau Guardian reports (Bonimy, 6/27). Health officials signed the agreement Thursday. As part of the agreement, the Bahamas…