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Also In Global Health News: U.S. Food Aid Declines; Agriculture In Zimbabwe; U.S.-Backed ITN Network; Reducing Maternal Mortality; DNDi Expands; Healthcare In Congo

U.S. Food Aid Declines, Despite Two-Year 53% Funding Increase Although U.S. food aid funding has increased by 53 percent over the last two years, a Government Accountability Office report on Wednesday said that during the same time period, the “amount of food delivered to address emergencies abroad fell 5 percent,”…

Also In Global Health News: Drought In East Africa; Improving Food Processing In Africa; Hajj Pilgrims Must Take Polio Vaccine; Fighting Insecticide-Resistant Mosquitoes

Oxfam Launches $15M Emergency Appeal For ‘Severe’ East African Drought “A severe and persistent five-year drought” is pushing “[m]ore than 23 million people … towards severe hunger and destitution across East Africa, international aid agency Oxfam has warned as it launches a £9.5 million [about $15 million] emergency appeal,” the U.K. Press…

Also In Global Health News: News Outlets Explore AIDS Vaccine Research; Chloroquine Resistance Unraveled; Authorities Contest Maternal Mortality Report

News Outlets Focus On Participants In AIDS Vaccine Study, Potential Impact Of AIDS Vaccine The Associated Press examines the role of the Thai participants in the recent clinical trial of an experimental HIV vaccine which showed modest potential for preventing infection. “Nearly 16,000 Thais ignored the false rumors that they…

African Leaders Malaria Alliance Launched At U.N. General Assembly

On the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday, African heads of state formed a 20-member African Leaders Malaria Alliance with the goal of eliminating deaths from malaria by 2015, the Associated Press writes. “With an estimated 500 million annual cases, Africa is the continent most affected by malaria, accounting for 86 percent of all cases and 91 percent of all malaria deaths worldwide, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania said at the alliance’s launch,” the news service writes (9/24).

Also In Global Health News: Malawi HIV/AIDS Fight; Cancer In Developing World

Malawi Gets $30M World Bank Grant For HIV/AIDS Tim Gilbo, the World Bank’s director in Malawi, announced on Tuesday that the organization will grant the country $30 million, which will be used to “increase access to prevention, treatment and mitigation services with a focus on behavioural change,” SAPA/News24.com reports. Gilbo also said the country should “identify and promote those…

Clinton Global Initiative Meeting Begins, Will Address Investment In Women, Girls

The Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) 2009 meeting, which begins Tuesday in New York, has added a new theme to its agenda – “investing in women and girls to narrow the gender gap,” Bloomberg reports in an article examining the conference. “In all the world there is only one strategy which clearly slows population growth, raises income and promotes more social stability that is supported across all religious and cultural lines,” former President Clinton said. “And that is putting all the girls in school and giving all the young women access to the labor market.”

African Leaders To Form Alliance To Eliminate Malaria Deaths

African leaders, who are scheduled to meet in New York on Wednesday, are expected to launch an effort – the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) – to eliminate all malaria deaths on the continent by 2015, the Daily Independent/allAfrica.com reports.