Advocate for Human Rights, N.J. Rep. Payne Dies

Rep. Donald Payne, the dean of the New Jersey delegation and its first and only black member, died Tuesday at a Livingston hospital from colon cancer, his office said. He was 77 years old. He took a particular interest in foreign policy involving Africa, and at the time of his death he was the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. He sponsored legislation to help relieve famine in Darfur and championed funding for treatment of HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases abroad.

Millennium development goal on safe drinking water reaches target early

The international target to halve the number of people who do not have access to safe drinking water has been met, five years before the 2015 deadline, the UN announced on Tuesday. According to the WHO, 89% of the population – 6.1 billion people – now used improved drinking water sources, 1% more than the 88% target contained in millennium development goal (MDG) number seven, set in 2000.

More than 900 000 lives saved by protecting people living with HIV from TB

(March 2, 2012) An estimated 910 000 lives were saved globally over six years by improving collaboration between TB and HIV services that protect people living with HIV from TB, according to global health impact figures released today. To follow up on the success of the 2004 initial guidance on TB and HIV, WHO is releasing today an updated global policy for joint prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB and HIV. TB is a leading killer of people living with HIV.

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development

(March 1, 2012) The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada invite global problem solvers to answer their second call for innovative solutions to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths.

WHO Reform Process Submission - The NCD Alliance Statement

The NCD Alliance supports the position voiced by others that priority-setting should be driven by the mandate of the WHO and the burden of disease borne by its Member States, rather than allocation of resources and donor priorities. The NCD Alliance calls on WHO to ensure its future work gives greater priority and resources to NCDs.

Counterfeit drugs: a growing global threat

Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that 19 medical practices had bought counterfeit versions of Roche's cancer drug bevacizumab (Avastin) from an overseas supplier. This was not the first alarm over counterfeit drugs this year.

Help select Map International Community Health Heroes - online contest taking place now

ATLANTA (February 27, 2012) – The online public is invited to select the winner of MAP International’s Community Health Heroes campaign. Three finalists – one from Ghana, one from Ecuador and one from Kenya – will vie for the most votes in the contest which can be found at www.map.org/heroes.

India declared polio-free by World Health Org.

India marked a major success in its battle against polio Saturday by being removed from the World Health Organization's list of countries plagued by the crippling disease.

Malaria deaths declining, but hugely underestimated - Lancet study

Worldwide malaria deaths may be almost twice as high as previously estimated, a study reports. The research, published in the British medical journal the Lancet, suggests 1.24 million people died from the mosquito-borne disease in 2010.

India Has Worst Child Mortality Gender Differential Worldwide, New U.N. Data Show

An Indian girl between the ages of one and five years old is 75 percent more likely to die than an Indian boy, giving the country the worst gender differential in child mortality in the world, according to new data released by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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