News: September 2008
African countries to introduce new meningitis vaccine
The meningitis prevention and control strategy was reviewed and endorsed by WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization in April 2008 and by the GAVI Alliance Board in June 2008.
South Africa launches its first Vitamin A supplementation campaign
South Africa has launched its first ever national Vitamin A campaign, which aims to reach a total of 4 million children over an intensive 12 day period ending on 20 September, 2008.
UNICEF is airlifting 11.5 tons of emergency supplies to Haiti to help victims of hurricanes
Study looks at lung cancer in non-smokers
Survey indicates improvements in community mental health services in England
Mental health services in England have improved over the last year according to a recent survey that also indicates scope for further improvements. Details of the survey and responses have been rel...
Releasing Declining Numbers for Child Mortality, UNICEF Calls for Increased Efforts to Save Children's Lives
UNICEF: More than 2.5 million evacuated in Cuba in the aftermath of two powerful hurricanes
NHS to allow 'private' drugs for cancer
Medical organisations have accepted that the change is inevitable in a health service that champions patient choice and is increasingly driven by consumer demand. But there is little enthusiasm for...
Caterers making progress on healthy eating
AMA helps Texas coordinate medical response to Hurricane Ike victims
The AMA is playing an active role to coordinate the deployment of medical and public health assets such as Disaster Medical Assist Teams (DMAT) to the most severely damaged areas in East Texas. DMA...
Premature babies are not receiving care they deserve
Health workers have called premature babies in the UK to have the same rights to care that adults receive in intensive care units. Using their professional expertise they have come together today t...
UNICEF update on maternal mortality
Discussion of food allergy research
Some breast cancer patients might benefit from acupuncture
In a recent trial involving breast cancer patients, researchers in Detroit, Michigan (USA), found that acupuncture was as effective as the antidepressant venlafaxine for reducing women's hot flushe...
UK Government announces action on water and sanitation
UNICEF UK joined the End Water Poverty coalition to call for more to improve access to sanitation. The coalition wants developing countries to be supported in developing national sanitation plans a...
Healthcare watchdog calls for new drive to improve the system for delivering urgent and emergency care
The Healthcare Commission has called for improvements to the system for delivering urgent and emergency care in England. It has published a major review covering all urgent and emergency services, ...
Concern about milk imports from China to EU
All products from China containing more than 15% milk as an ingredient, or products where the percentage of milk content cannot be established, will be subject to documentary, identity and physical...
Vigilance needed to ensure safe infant food
Cancer Research UK and Astex Therapeutics join forces to develop new anti-cancer treatment
AT13148, a protein kinase B inhibitor, is the second drug to enter Cancer Research UK's Clinical Development Partnerships (CDP) programme. Under this new agreement with Astex Therapeutics Ltd., Can...