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MMI Network News, August 2010

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MMI Network News, Events, Reports, Resources

MMI Network News
MMI Network members respond to health needs in Pakistan floods

Basel, August 2010. Members of the Medicus Mundi International Network working in the field of emergency relief respond to health needs after the widespread flooding across northwestern areas of Pakistan: Our first overview is based on incoming reports by Network members.

MMI Network Event
Health justice worldwide
Berlin, 17-18 September 2010

"Worldwide, there are great disparities in people’s health, both between rich and poor countries and within individual countries. Poverty causes ill-health and shortens life expectancy. The concept of “global health” means aiming to ensure that all people are able to make their right to health a reality. This requires an acceptance of global responsibility. The conference will: Examine the interrelation between globalisation and worldwide health and also dis-cuss the opportunities and risks for relevant health policy issues arising from globalisation; Discuss the topic of health in the light of the 2010 Millennium Development Goal review; Present and discuss local and global health initiatives and strategies which aim to achieve appropriate and fair healthcare provision, as well as the social conditions necessary for good health; Create a platform in order to present possible alternatives to current health approaches and to examine their feasibility." Conference organized by: medico international and Gesundheit Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. Contributions by MMI Network members: Wemos and action medeor. 

MMI Network Event
Innovative Tools and Strategies in tackling the Acute
Shortage of Health Workers in Low-Income Countries

Bern, 23-24 September 2010

"This symposium provides an excellent platform and opportunity to mobilise individuals across the world who share a common vision to identify strategies to tackle the shortage of health workers were they are needed most. Together through knowledge sharing and complementing the efforts of each other we can strive to make a difference. Through the acknowledgement of successes, identification of best practices and debating challenges from perspectives of colleagues in the source countries and health professionals in the destination countries we are a powerful force for changes that will change brain drain into brain gain." |  Annual symposium of the Afro-European Medical and Research Network (AEMRN), a member of the Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland. | ”Text mit Bild” Kommentar (Wuelle)

MMI Network Campaign: Cordaid
Cordaid HIV and AIDS Award 2010

The 2010 edition of the Cordaid "HIV and AIDS Award" will reward Sexual and Reproductive Health for women living with HIV with two prices of 10,000 Euro each. You will be able to nominate yourselve or others! All the related documents: the official announcement, rules and procedures and the nomination form can be found on the cordaidpartners website. Deadlines for nominations is 15 September 2010.    

MMI Network Project: Smile Train Italia
Administration of folic acid for fertile women
in the DRC to reduce or prevent neonatal malformations

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in many other countries there is no fortification with folic acid. Folic acid is a supplemental form of a B complex vitamin called “folate” that is necessary for formation of red blood cells, DNA synthesis and for protein metabolism. It is also an important nutrient for women who may become pregnant, because a woman's blood levels of folate fall during pregnancy due to an increased maternal RBC synthesis in the first half of the pregnancy and fetal demands in the second half. The lack of dietary folic acid leads to the occurrence of neural tube defects (NTD) in developing embryos, of congenital pathologies (premature birth and neonatal low birth weight) and pregnancy complications (miscarriage and placental pathologies). For this reason, is planning a research protocol with the main aims: (1) To promote the supplementation of folic acid for women who wish to become pregnant or who do not exclude it in the short time; (2) To perform a scientific research that could provide information on reducing of the risk of NTD, other malformations or congenital pathologies; (3) To assess the real efficacy’s research in order to create bases to perform in DRC, and in the foreseeable future, a surveillance program of the main congenital pathologies and to contribute to the better care and prevention of congenital pathologies. For this research protocol Smile Train Italia needs to the collaboration of pharmaceutical or producing industries of folic acid that can significantly support this research with a huge amount of folic acid in order to help a high number of fertile women and to reduce the number of newborn babies affected with congenital facial malformations.

Contact: Marta Romagnoli, Smile Train Italia,
Related Information in Italian language:

MMI Network members
Annual Reports 2009

Further members of the MMI Network recently published their annual reports on their websites:

  • action medeor: available in German (PDF), English (PDF), Spanish (PDF) and French (PDF).
  • Cordaid: now also available English (PDF, abridged) and French (PDF, abridged).
  • Doctors with Africa Cuamm: available in English (PDF)
  • Misereor: available in German (PDF)
  • Smile Train Italy: available in Italian (PDF)


International Health Policy: MMI Updates

Since we started to use the real-time short messaging service "Twitter", we published there already some 400 bits and pieces of news on international health policy. Each update is 140 characters or less - these are the rules of the game. Just enough for a headline, eventually an author, a date, the source – and a shortened link to the website where you find the full information. Have a look at some of our “tweets” published during the last month:

  • Collaboration between faith-based communities and humanitarian actors when responding to HIV in emergencies. ODI brief 
  • There are no quick fixes. Look at the entire health system. A talk with Sam Zaramba, WHO EB chairman, in: WPJ (pdf)
  • Debate II: Preventing AIDS deaths need not be a fight: A health systems approach. S Pacqué-Margolis
  • Debate I: Lack of funding threatens the future of HIV drug therapy in the developing world. D Brown in Washington Post
  • Investing in our common future: Joint Action Plan for Women’s and Children’s Health. Draft for consultation. UN Gen Sec
  • Water and sanitation infrastructure for health: Impact of foreign aid. MJ Botting et al. in: Globalization&Health pdf
  • HIV in people who use drugs. Lancet series launched during AIDS2010 conference, including "Vienna Declaration"
  • Human Resources for Health: Action Framework
  • Catalyst for change. Annual report 2009 of the Global Health Workforce Alliance
  • Breastfeeding key to saving children’s lives. WHO media release related to World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August 2010
  • Helping poorer countries make locally informed health decisions. K Chalkidou et al. in: BMJ (open access)
  • Small investment could save 11 million African lives. PMNCH / Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (Press release)
  • Summit of the AU focusing on maternal and child health watched by Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
  • HIV in maternal and child heath: Concurrent crises demand cooperation. Editorial by PLoS Medicine editors
  • "A Sustainable Health Sector Response to HIV": WHO Consultations on Global Health Sector Strategy for HIV/AIDS 2011-15
  • Scaling-up health services in low- and middle-income settings. K Hanson et al., BMC Health Services Research 2010 pdf
  • Andreas Seiter: A practical approach to pharmaceutical policy. World Bank Publications, June 2010 online book     
  • Untangling the web of antiretroviral price reductions. MSF Report, 13th edition 2010 (pdf) or     
  • Improving access to maternal and perinatal health: successful and less successful cases. De Brouwere et al. in: TM&IH     
  • Great strides in AIDS response - and a need to continue moving forward together. E Goosby et al. in: Huffington Post
  • The Quality of Death: Ranking end-of-life care across the world. A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit
  • The Quality of Death: Ranking end-of-life care across the world. A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit
  • World Policy Journal asked a panel of experts: What is the most pressing health crisis and how can it be solved? pdf
  • World Policy Journal asked a panel of experts: What is the most pressing health crisis and how can it be solved? pdf
  • WC Clark et al: The Global Health System: Institutions in a Time of Transition. CID Working Paper No. 193, 2010 pdf
  • UNAIDS "Outlook" report 2010 and supplements launched, ahead of the XVIII International AIDS Conference 
  • LJ Frost & MR Reich: How do good health technologies get to poor people in poor countries? Harvard Univ. Press 2008
  • The Analysis and Strengthening Of Health Systems. ITM Antwerp Working Paper. Draft for discussion pdf
  • Redressing the Unconscionable Health Gap: A Global Plan for Justice. LO Gostin in: Harvard Law & Policy Review pdf
  • WHO: Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention. Global Policy Recommend.
  • What can global health institutions do to help strengthen health systems in low income countries? Balabanova et al. pdf
  • The G8 and global health: getting hip with the times. D Gleicher on Global Health Europe
  • Malaria in Africa: progress and prospects in the decade since the Abuja Declaration. RW Snow / K Marsh in: The Lancet
  • Do we need an international collaboration for synthesizing health-system evidence? Alliance HPSR consultation document



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