NPR’s “Morning Edition” examines how global family planning fits into the Obama administration’s global health policy. “The administration has already restored funding for the United Nations Population … Fund, which for eight years received no U.S. support. And in his first week, President Obama lifted an executive order that existed in the Reagan and Bush administrations that prohibited U.S.-funded programs from providing information about abortion services,” according to NPR.
The African Union (AU) Summit concluded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday with newly elected AU chairman Bingu Wa Mutharika, of Malawi, encouraging African leaders to make agriculture and food security a top priority, Angola Press reports (2/2).
U.S. Government Resumes Medical Evacuations From Haiti; New Food Voucher Distribution Targeting Women Begins
“The U.S. government said on Sunday it would resume military evacuation flights” within 12 hours for critically ill and injured Haitians who were harmed in the Jan. 12 earthquake, Reuters reports (Rosenberg/Brown, 1/31). Medical evacuations had been suspended for a few days, but the reason for the suspension “is unclear as various government authorities have provided different explanations,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Also In Global Health News: Pakistan Agriculture; U.K.’s Food Security Efforts; Clinton Addresses Yemen; Hunger In Niger; WB Head In Africa
U.S. To Support Agricultural Technology Projects In Pakistan Bryan Hunt, the U.S. consulate general in Lahore, Pakistan, said Wednesday that the U.S. would help Pakistan with the development of agriculture technology aimed at boosting farmers’ productivity, the Nation reports. Hunt said agriculture technology is vital for increasing food security. “He…
Also In Global Health News: Pakistan’s Farm Land; PMTCT In Kenya; Burkina Faso’s Maternal Health; Health Care Access In Middle East
Pakistan Moves Forward On Plans To Sell Farmland To Foreign Investors Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Tuesday the country plans to sell farmland to foreign investors despite warnings by the U.N. that doing so could compromise farmers’ rights, Reuters reports. Qureshi defended the government’s decision, saying that the…
Over 125 million pregnant women worldwide are exposed to malaria each year, according to a study published Tuesday in PLoS Medicine, ANI/oneindia reports. Previously, such estimates were limited to malaria risk in Africa. “Most malarial deaths are among young children in sub-Saharan Africa but pregnant women and their unborn babies are at high risk,” the news service writes adding that “[n]early 10,000 women and 200,000 babies die every year because of malaria in pregnancy, which often leads to miscarriages, pre-term births, and low-birth-weight births” (1/26).
As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Rodham Clinton travels to Papua New Guinea Wednesday, the Associated Press examines how she will continue to press for “‘women empowerment,’ a signature issue of her nearly one-year tenure as top U.S. diplomat.'”
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday “reiterated the Obama administration’s support” for universal access to family planning and maternal health care, All Headline News reports. Clinton spoke at an event marking the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development Action Plan held in Cairo, Egypt.
Lancet Infectious Diseases Piece Highlights Positive Results Of PEPFAR In Mozambique In a Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece, a group of “PEPFAR-implementing partners” in Mozambique counter a previous piece published in the journal that says there is “abuse” of PEPFAR money in the country. The authors contend that…
Also In Global Health News: Sexual Violence In DRC; Anti-Gay Legislation; Counterfeit Drugs In Kenya
U.S. To Give $7M To Help Women Who Have Suffered Sexual Violence In DRC The U.S. will finance a $7 million program to aid women in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who have been the targets ofÂ sexual violence, the U.S. embassyÂ saidÂ onÂ Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports. TheÂ money will provide “support for…