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New York Times Examines the Hidden Cost of HIV Spending

The New York Times questions the logic behind current global health priorities and considers the debate on whether “rich nations spend too much on AIDS, which requires lifelong medications, compared with diarrhoea and the other leading killer of children, pneumonia, both of which can be treated inexpensively.” The article shows that while international commitments to […]

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New WHO Report on Global Risks to Health

This new report uses updated information from WHO programmes and scientific studies in order to provide detailed global and regional estimates of premature mortality, disability and loss of health attributable to 24 global risk factors. “A description of diseases and injuries and the risk factors that cause them is vital for health decision-making and planning. […]

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Disagreements Remain In WHO Talks On Virus-Sharing After Chan Proposal

By Kaitlin Mara, for Intellectual Property Watch World Health Organization members this week offered views on the global system for virus- and benefit-sharing for pandemic influenza following recently proposed solutions by Director General Margaret Chan aimed at changing the current, ad-hoc model to a more predictable, sustainably-funded system. “Even with the best intentions in the […]

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European Commission Launches Open Consultation on the EU Role in Global Health

The online consultation will be open for public contribution for two months, closing on 9 December 2009. The purpose is to gather orientations and views from relevant stakeholders regarding the rationale, scope and strategic objectives relating to an EU role in Global health. The open consultation centres around an issue paper and questionnaire prepared in […]

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Health ‘forgotten’ in climate talks

Doctors and environmentalists believe the impact of climate change on public health has been largely ignored by policymakers as global leaders step up talks ahead of December’s Copenhagen summit. Health NGOs in Brussels are pushing for greater attention to be paid to the increase in infectious diseases and chronic illnesses that accompany changes to the climate, with campaigners fearful […]

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“The Age of Stupid” connects Global to Local

In a school hall in rural England a group of enthusiasts have arranged a showing of this film by Franny Armstrong about the climate change, which is released through local events rather than mainstream cinemas. The meeting provides a microcosm of what it takes to connect a global issue to local and personal action. Some […]