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Routine Meningitis A Immunizations Required In Africa To Prevent Future Epidemic, WHO Says

News outlets continue to report on a collection of articles and studies published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases noting progress in efforts by the Meningitis Vaccine Project to eliminate meningitis A in Africa. Agence France-Presse: WHO urges routine meningitis vaccine to avoid resurgence in Africa “Meningitis A has almost…

Cholera Vaccine Campaign Reaches 230K People In Iraq

Agence France-Presse: Over 230,000 vaccinated in Iraq anti-cholera campaign “More than 230,000 people received a first dose of cholera vaccine in a massive campaign to combat an outbreak of the disease in Iraq, the World Health Organization said Monday…” (11/9). NPR: Cholera Crisis: A Neglected Disease Is Back In The…

WHO Official Discusses Food Fortification Challenges In Devex Interview

Devex: Equity, cost, and a comprehensive approach to nutrition and fortification “More than half of the world’s countries recognize the benefits of food fortification, a process that adds essential vitamins and minerals to foods. But while it has gained momentum, Francesco Branca, director for health and development at the World…

No Government Should Interfere With Women’s Reproductive Rights; U.S. Should Continue To Invest In Family Planning, Reproductive Health Programs

TIME: The End of China’s One-Child Policy Isn’t Enough Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “…Until China promotes a fully rights-based, voluntary family planning program, it is supporting the continued oppression of Chinese families through coercive reproductive policies. No government and no politician should interfere with the…

WHO’s Budget Needs More Balance Between Earmarked, Flexible Funding, Oxfam Adviser Says

BMJ Blogs: The WHO financing dialogue: global health leadership needs to be paid for Mohga Kamal-Yanni, a senior health policy adviser to Oxfam, discusses how earmarked funding for the WHO is inhibiting the agency’s work, writing, “Member states, global funds, foundations, and others must cooperate in their own interests to…

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