Also In Global Health News: Maize Loss In Zimbabwe; Preterm, Stillbirth Research; Public Health Insurance In Kenya
Dry Spell In Zimbabwe Forces Government To Declare 11 Percent Of Maize Crop A 'Write-Off'
According to a crop assessment report released Wednesday, "Zimbabwe's government has declared 11 percent of its 2009/10 planted maize crop a write-off after it was badly damaged by a dry spell, and repeated calls for urgent imports," Reuters reports. To avert food shortages, the report called for the importation of 500,000 tons of maize, "echoing calls by Agriculture Minister Joseph Made earlier this month," the news service writes (Dzirutwe, 2/24).
News Outlets Report On New Preterm Birth, Stillbirth Research
New outlets continued to cover Tuesday's research on preterm births and stillbirths.
Inter Press Service reported on the research launch. "Experts emphasise the biggest problem facing policymakers and healthcare professionals who seek to reduce preterm and stillbirths is the difficulty in getting low-cost, proven, healthcare solutions to pregnant women. Dr. Eve Lackritz, chief of the Maternal and Infant Health Branch at the [CDC], defined one of the key questions as, 'What are the cultural situations which are not allowing women to access healthcare?' at the report's release Tuesday" (Clifton, 2/23).
In an effort to address a lack of understanding about why some babies are born dead, IRIN reports that U.S. researchers late last year launched a "tissue-collection and plan to expand it to India and Africa." According to the news service, "The goal is to collect samples of maternal blood, urine, vaginal and amniotic fluid, which surrounds the foetus during pregnancy, umbilical cord blood, and placental tissue from 6,000 pregnant women" (2/23).
Daily Nation Examines Plan To Transform Public Health Insurance In Kenya
The Daily Nation examines a proposal underway in Kenya to transform the country's public health insurance. "Poor Kenyans' access to health care is to be made easier once a planned universal insurance scheme is launched," writes the newspaper which adds that the changes could be rolled out within four months (Cheboi, 2/23).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.