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Also In Global Health News: Venezuela Voids Pharma Patents; Namibia Sanitation; Mapping Disease With Satellites; Zimbabwe Health Funding

Venezuela To Void Some Pharmaceutical Patents Commerce Minister Eduardo Saman on Saturday said Venezuela plans to void some pharmaceutical patents and allow domestic manufacturers to produce licensed medicines, the AP/Buffalo News reports. “Saman said the measure is aimed at making the interests of powerful drug companies secondary to the needs…

Africa Marks Day Of The African Child

In Africa, “[t]housands” of children participated in activities in observance of the Day of the African Child, IRIN reports.

Maternal, Child Health Lag Behind Other Millennium Development Goals, Study Finds

Despite signs of progress in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria and childhood diseases, efforts to reduce maternal and newborn health as part of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) lag behind, according to the 2009 Report of the Global Campaign for the Health Millennium Development Goals released Monday, Inter Press Service reports.

Opinion: Governments Must Take ‘Concrete Action’ To Reduce Maternal Mortality, Morbidity

With the U.N. Human Rights Council’s June session coming up, governments have a “chance to prove that they value women’s lives by taking concrete action” to recognize “preventable maternal death as a violation of women’s rights,” Mary Robinson and Alicia Yamin, advisory council members of the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights, write in a Boston Globe opinion piece.

Combination Of Interventions Could Reduce Childhood Pneumonia Deaths By 90%, Study Says

A combination of measures taken to improve nutrition, indoor air pollution, immunization and child pneumonia case management could reduce total child mortality worldwide by 17% and global pneumonia deaths by more than 90%, according to a study published in the June issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, UPI reports.

Vietnam Publishes Report Documenting MDG Progress

Vietnam recently published a report tracking its progress towards the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, which outlines the health ministry’s work with other government and international agencies, Vietnam News reports.

Report Shows Jamaica’s Progress Towards Achieving U.N. MDGs

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 Mortality: Rwanda Has Reduced Rates, Health Minister Says

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.

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