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Opinions: Community-Based Health Care Models; U.S. Leadership In Reproductive Health Care

‘Accompaniment’ Can Reform Health Care Around The World “We don’t need to start fresh to create patient-centered medical homes. We just need to look to community-based models of care that are effective but often go unrecognized,” according to a Boston Globe opinion piece by Heidi Behforouz, the director of the…

H1N1 Reported In Gaza, Southern Sudan

Two women have become the first to die from H1N1 (swine flu) in Gaza, health officials said Monday, Agence France-Presse/Inquirer.net reports.

Los Angeles Times Examines Health Care In Sierra Leone

The Los Angeles Times writes: “Sierra Leone is one of those nations where decades of foreign aid have failed to appreciably lift the fortunes of the people. The country is a charity case: 60% of its public spending comes from foreign governments and nonprofit organizations. Since 2002, it has received more than $1 billion in aid,” the newspaper writes.

WHO, MSF Highlight Poor Health Situation In Southern Sudan

Three quarters of people in South Sudan, which has a population of 8 million, do not have access to health care, and 10 percent of children there and in Darfur die before the age of 1, Mohammad Abdur Rab, the WHO’s representative to Sudan, said Thursday, Reuters/ABC News reports.

Also In Global Health News: Germany HIV/AIDS Grant; Sumatra Water Situation; India’s Unlicensed Doctors; Land Ownership, Food Security

Germany Grants $34M For HIV/AIDS Work In Central Africa The Organisation for the Coordination of the Struggle Against Epidemics in Central Africa (OCEAC) on Tuesday announced that the German government has granted $34 million to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in central Africa, Agence France-Presse reports. “The Germany-backed project…

More Than 150 Health Ministers Meet In Ethiopia To Discuss Maternal Mortality

At a U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, “[h]ealth ministers from around the world have agreed that swift action must be taken to reduce the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth,” the BBC reports. While there appeared to be some agreement “that family planning was the most cost-effective way of [tackling] the problem … no unanimous declaration was adopted at the Addis Ababa talks,” according to the news service (10/26).

Opinions: Africa Food Aid; International Violence Against Women Act; Brain Drain

Food Aid Won’t End African Problems While the drought and starvation in the Horn of Africa are “ghastly to be sure,” when “you see children on TV with distended bellies keening over their dying parents … do them a favour. Sit on your hands,” Sam Kiley, a former Africa bureau…

World Medical Association Adopts Climate Change, Task Shifting Resolutions

At its general assembly in New Delhi, India, the World Medical Association (WMA), “a conglomerate of medical associations around the world,” approved a plan that aims “to minimise the risk of increased malnutrition deaths, diseases and injuries due to climate change,” IANS/Thaindian News reports (10/17).

IMF Policies Harm Kenyan Health System, Report Says

According to a report released Tuesday, policies set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have restricted government spending on health services, “denying sick Kenyans access to drugs and quality healthcare,” Business Daily reports. The report — conducted by the Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa in collaboration with Kenya Aids NGOs Consortium (KANCO) and Results Education Fund — argues that “expenditure ceilings on public health spending imposed in the ‘90s as part of the conditions for disbursing financial support to Kenya have held back progress in the health sector by restricting the recruitment of medical professionals.”