Controls bird flu vaccines over bioweapon fears
States export regulations bar exports of vaccines for avian bird
flu and dozens of other viruses to five countries designated "state
sponsors of terrorism". The regulations have raised concern
within the mdical and scientific communities because of recent
concerns about bird flu which has killed more than 240 people
across the world since 2003, nearly half of them in Indonesia.
Bioethicists say limiting vaccines could raise moral questions
of whether some countries should be denied because of decisions
based on foreign policy.
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General assembly ban on all human cloning to be reconsidered by
UN Ethics Panel
International bioethics Committee (IBC) of the United Nations
Eductional, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will
debate the permissibility of therapeutic cloning at UNESCO headquarters
in Paris on October 28, 2008. An IBC working group calls for human
reproductive cloning to be banned at the international level by
a legally binding convention, while guidelines for regulating
human embryo and stem cell research in countries where it is legal
should be developed at the international level.
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Imports Banned Amid Tainted Milk Scandals
tainted milk scandal fans fear of imports; 12 countries as far
as Colombia ban dairy
- By Jeremiah Marquez,
The Associated Press, Hong Kong.
to the ABC News, more than a dozen countries have banned or recalled
Chinese dairy products, after the tainted milk scandal. Among
those countries are Bangladesh, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and Kenya.
a measure of precaution, France haulted imports of Chinese biscuits.
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Vigilance needed to ensure safe Infant Food - WHO and FAO alert
countries to possible spread of melamine-contaminated
the fight to save children's lives, today October 15, 2008 marks
the first Global Handwashing Day
parents and colleagues,
Do you know that diarrheal diseases
and pneumonia are responsible
for approximately 3.5 million child deaths every year, and that
diarrheal diseases alone kill more than 5,000 children under the
age of five everyday? A recent study done by the scientists from
the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, have showed
that more than one in four commuters has bacteria from faces on
their hands. This suggested that people were not washing their
hands properly after using the toilet. Do you know that washing
hands with soap, families and communities can help reduce child
morbidity rates from diarrheal diseases by almost 50%? Handwashing
with soap is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to
prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia.
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October 15, 2008
Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health to be held
at Bamako, Mali from 17 to 19 November 2008. It is co-organized
by the following partners:
- Council of Health Research for Development
Global Forum for Health Research
The Republic of Mali
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
The World Bank
The World Health Organization.
more information, please visit http://www.globalforumhealth.org