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    Climate Change Adaptation Costs May Be Very Underestimated

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    From the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED):
    Costs of adapting to climate change significantly under-estimated

    UN climate negotiations should aim for substantially more funding

    Scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will warn today that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of […]

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    An Andean Medicines Policy

    Sunday, March 29th, 2009

    Last Friday the 30th Meeting of the Health Ministers of the Andean Area (RMSAA) agreed on other important health measures — a coordinated epidemiological surveillance system, joint plans to combat HIV/AIDS, protect health in border areas and to combat child malnutrition — but the one that caught my eye was the new Andean Medicines Policy.
    Not […]

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    A Map of Malnutrition Among Central American & Dominican School Children

    Thursday, February 19th, 2009

    The Nutrition Institute of Central America and Panama (INCAP) has just released an updated version of their map of malnutrition among primary school children indicated at the level of the 1,430 municipalities in INCAP’s eight member countries (Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama). The new update (click on the […]

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    US$15 mil. to Improve Rural Health Care in Peru / US$15 millones para mejorar salud rural en el Perú

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$15 Million to Improve Health Care for Poor Rural Populations

    Expands the capacity and quality of women’s and child health care services in the poorest areas of the country

    The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$15 million loan to Peru to improve the equity of and expand access to mother-child […]

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    Fighting Neglected Diseases in LAC / La lucha contra enfermedades infecciosas desatendidas en ALC

    Sunday, December 28th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO, IDB and Sabin refine fight against neglected diseases in Latin America and Caribbean
    With more than 210 million poor people bearing the burden of neglected diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and partner agencies are setting up […]

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    Progress Towards the Health MDGs in LAC / Progreso hacia los ODM relacionado con la salud en ALC

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Recently 14 United Nations (UN) agencies* released a report (English, Spanish) reviewing the status of efforts of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations toward meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    The report addresses the following health-specific MDGs:

    reducing the under-five mortality rate by 2/3 between 1990 and 2015;
    reducing the maternal mortality ratio by 3/4 between 1990 […]

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    Combating Maternal/Infant Mortality/Malnutrition in Peru / Combatir mortalidad/desnutrición materno/infantil en Perú

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Peru tackles maternal and infant mortality and malnutrition with IDB loan
    Children under three in remote rural areas a priority
    Peru will redouble efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality and malnutrition in the poorest segments of society with a $15 million loan approved December 11 by the Inter-American Development Bank.
    The funds […]

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    Diabetes: La OPS insta a luchar contra la obesidad y la malnutrición

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: 14 November was World Diabetes Day.  The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) used the occasion to renew its call on the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to step up the fight against obesity and malnutrition, with particular attention on infants and children.  The key is a healthier diet (less […]

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    Research Agenda Agreed on Climate Change and Health

    Thursday, October 9th, 2008

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    WHO agreed on a research agenda on climate change and public health
    A meeting of experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Madrid agreed today to a research agenda to develop an evidence-based framework for action on the human health implications of climate change. The plan builds on a […]

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    A Loan to Improve Health Care in Panama / Un préstamo para Mejorar la Salud Básica en Panamá

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    The World Bank Board of Directors today approved two loans totaling US$75 million for Panama to increase access to and quality of basic health services and education among the poor in rural and indigenous areas.
    “The central objective of the government’s program is to tackle poverty and inequality by improving access to health […]

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