Political, Business Leaders, Gather for Clinton Initiative Summit in New York

This week in New York, former U.S. President Bill Clinton hosts the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, bringing together world leaders, celebrities, CEOs and scholars to discuss pressing global issues.

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Commentary: A better beginning for the world's babies

This week, a group of leading organizations are joining together to help give moms and dads around the world tools and information to help their newborns survive. PATH (a Seattle-based nonprofit), Save the Children, and Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health will commit to create and distribute a "Better Beginning for Babies" kit.  Their goal is to raise at least $20 million over five years and reach 2 million newborns, and set the stage for a much larger and more ambitious global movement.

Uganda: MPs Want More Investment in Maternal Health

When members of parliament from 13 countries across east and southern Africa gathered in Kampala last week to deliberate on health issues affecting the continent, one thing that came out forcefully was the health of mothers and children.

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The Neglected Tropical Diseases of Latin America and the Caribbean: A Review...

The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) represent some of the most common infections of the poorest people living in the Latin American and Caribbean region (LAC). Because they primarily afflict the disenfranchised poor as well as selected indigenous populations and people of African descent, the NTDs in LAC are largely forgotten diseases even though their collective disease burden may exceed better known conditions such as of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, or malaria.

Global health project aims to aid poor

Grameen Bank of Bangladesh is teaming up with Pfizer in a project designed to extend affordable healthcare through private insurance to the world’s poor.

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Perfect prescription?

To tackle the twin problems of affordability and corruption, Dfid launched the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) in May to increase transparency in the regulation, procurement, distribution and sales of drugs in developing countries. The objective of MeTA, formed with the WHO, the World Bank, the pharmaceutical industry, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is to drive down the cost of drugs - in line with the eighth millennium development goal.

WHO: Funding lack, climate change grave threats to public health

The outgoing head of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Western Pacific Region identified health care financing and climate change as the two gravest threats facing countries in the Asia Pacific region. In his final address to the Regional Committee Tuesday, Dr. Shigeru Omi said more work needs to be done to strengthen regional health systems including financing and human resources development. "We have not been as successful in this area as with communicable diseases. More work needs to be done," he said at the WHO regional headquarters on United Nations Avenue in Manila.

Live webcast of the Clinton Global Initiative meetings

Click here to watch the live webcast of the CGI meetings taking place September 23-26.

UN chief urges rich countries to double aid to Africa

UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a summit meeting on Africa's development here Monday, appealed to rich countries to honor their 2005 pledge to more than double their aid to the continent.

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Hookworm Infection Linked to Anemia Among Pregnant Women in Africa

Almost seven million pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with hookworm, the parasite that lives in the intestine and causes anemia, according to a study released last week by the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.