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G8, African Leaders Agree To Strengthen Water Access Partnership

G8 and leaders from Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and the African Union on Friday announced an agreement to strengthen their partnership to improve access to water in Africa, Ennahar Online reports.

Also In Global Health News: Noncommunicable Disease Network; Tropical Disease Treatments; Maternal Health In Peru; South Asia MDG

WHO Launches International Network To Take On Noncommunicable Disease The WHO on Wednesday launched an international network of leading health organizations and experts from around the world in an effort to “unite” and “scal[e] up world action to combat noncommunicable diseases, which cause some 38 million deaths annually,” Xinhua/People’s Daily…

PLoS Medicine Editorial Argues For Water Access To Be Considered Human Right

“As scientists warn that the world’s fresh water supplies will soon run critically short, and companies scramble to privatize them, some researchers and activists say water should be considered a basic human right,” Wired’s blog, “Wired Science” writes of an editorial published in PLoS Medicine Tuesday.

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…

Also In Global Health News: Health Allocations In Pakistan; Uganda Gets Malaria Drugs, Malnutrition Examined; Clean Water In Dominican Republic

Pakistan ‘s Allocations For Public Health MDG Lagging Despite U.N. Millennium Development Goals requiring the public health expenditure be raised to 2 percent of the GDP by 2015, currently 0.7 percent of Pakistan’s GDP has been allocated for the country’s health sector, the International News reports. “Pakistan is lagging behind…

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