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Global health briefs April 2010

April 2010 | Volume 9, Issue 2

Wellcome releases new strategic plan

The Wellcome Trust has released a new strategic plan identifying five goals that will guide their support during this decade: maximizing the health benefits of genetics and genomics; understanding the brain; combating infectious disease; investigating development, aging and chronic disease; and connecting environment, nutrition and health.

Rockefeller issues eHealth report

The Rockefeller Foundation has issued a report on eHealth titled From Silos to Systems, intended to expand the use of technology. The report was based on consultations with more than 200 global health experts.

IOM report: global heart disease

The Institute of Medicine has issued a report with recommendations to combat global heart disease titled, “Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World.” More than 80 percent of deaths worldwide related to cardiovascular disease occur in low- and middle-income countries. This report was sponsored by NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

UN Secretary-General stresses importance of MDG

Failure to meet Millennium Development Goal (MGD) targets by the 2015 deadline could result in increased instability, violence, epidemic diseases and overpopulation, warns U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A new U.N. report reviews progress and features specific recommendations to help various stakeholders reach the targets on time. The report highlights gaps, challenges and opportunities for the remaining five years.

  • Read about the Millennium Development Goals and download the report, Keeping the promise: a forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, on the United Nations Web site.

CSIS releases global health priorities

The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Commission on Smart Global Health Policy released recommendations for a long-term U.S. strategic approach to global health. Priorities include HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis; women and children; prevention and management of health emergencies; U.S. capacity to match its global health ambitions; and investing in multilateral institutions.

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