Jamaica has already achieved some U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets and is “on track” to attain five more, according to a report that mapped the country’s progress toward the MDGs, the Jamaica Observer reports.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Focusing on Tanzania, the New York Times examines maternal mortality and abortion access in Africa.
11 West African Countries To Partake In Polio Vaccination Campaign; Benin Campaign Postponed Due to Health Worker Strike
A health workers’ strike has caused Benin to indefinitely delay a polio vaccination campaign, part of a regional effort taking place in several West African countries, IRIN reports.
Pakistan has obtained international support for its efforts to fight tuberculosis and lower infant and maternal mortality rates, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, the health minister, said recently after returning from the 62nd World Health Assembly (WHA), the International News reports.
‘Committed’ U.S. Leadership Can Help Prevent Millions of Childhood Deaths in Developing Countries Every day, thousands of children in developing countries die from pneumonia, diarrhea and other preventable diseases, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Save the Children’s Survive to 5 campaign chair William Frist writes in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution…
Bangladesh Interventions Help To Reduce Child Mortality Rate; Global Health Specialists Discuss Child Mortality at Conference
Global health specialists on Tuesday at the Global Health Council 2009 conference in Washington, D.C., hailed the success of Bangladesh’s oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and immunization programs, which have played a major role in reducing the country’s child mortality rate, the New Nation reports.
Also in Global Health News: Pakistan Polio Vaccine Effort; New GHC President; Tanzania Expanding RDTs; HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trial; Thailand HIV Effort
Pakistan Launches Polio Vaccine Effort Pakistani health officials on WednesdayÂ announced a three-dayÂ nationwideÂ anti-polio vaccination campaign targeting theÂ children ofÂ internally displaced persons (IDPs)Â camps, theÂ News InternationalÂ reports. The announcment was made at a UNICEF-sponsored ceremony held at a Peshawar schoolÂ (Mahmood, News International, 5/28). Altaf Bosan, who leads the expanded immunization program,Â said that targeting…
Also in Global Health News: Central America Malaria, Dengue Project; Bush Receives Recognition for PEPFAR; Nepal Neonatal Deaths; Malaria in Mumbai
Spain , Gates Foundation Exploring Project To Fight Dengue, Malaria in Central America Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Bill Gates agreed on Tuesday to explore the possibility of a Central American malaria and dengue fever elimination effort, which would be coordinated by Mexico and Spain, the Latin…
World Cup Campaign To Build Centers To Provide HIV/AIDS Education, Other Services to At-Risk African Youth
Authorities in South Africa have begun construction of one of the 20 planned Football for Hope centers in Africa — part of a 2010 World Cup Campaign called “20 Centers for 2010” aimed at reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, poverty and crime in local communities — the AP/Google.com reports.
In Rwanda, the maternal mortality has been reduced by 30% since 2005, which puts the country ahead in the region, Richard Sezibera, the minister of health, said at the opening of a three day conference in Kigali, Rwanda, titled, “Preventing Maternal and Child Deaths: Towards the Millennium Development Goals,” the New Times/allAfrica.com reports.