Last June 8, 2012, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released a report titled, “Pneumonia and diarrhea: tackling the deadliest diseases for the world's poorest children” which presented interventions that could overcome the battle against two leading killers of the world’s youngest children - pneumonia and diarrhea.

Pneumonia and diarrhea is responsible for 29 percent of deaths among children under five worldwide or more than 2 million deaths a year. The report said that nearly 90 percent of the children who die from the two diseases live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

 
Mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries (photo grabbed from m-libraries.org)

"From margin to mainstream: mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries."

Mobile technology has transformed so many aspects of our lives: how we work, how we communicate, how we study and how we play. This conference will explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users via a growing plethora of mobile and hand-held devices.

The m-libraries conference offers opportunity to find out more about the transformation of services, learners or providers because of mobile technology, and hear about the inspiring and innovative projects which challenge current thinking and practice.

 
Cigarette Smoking (photo grabbed from cloudnine.hillarymilesproductions.com)

Tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it kills nearly six million people each year. Most of them are users or ex-users of tobacco and more than 600,000 of them die due to exposure to second-hand smoke.

The consequences of poisoning from tobacco smoking happen gradually. Over the long term, smoking leads people to develop health problems like heart disease, stroke, emphysema (breakdown of lung tissue), and many types of cancer.

“We are proud to have the 3rd batch of scholars for the MD-PhD Program in Molecular Medicine,” said Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peña during the MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing at the Hyatt Hotel Manila on 31 May 2012.

The MD-PhD program in Molecular Medicine is a scholarship grant under the DOST Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP) which aims to develop human resource capacities to meet the biomedical research and development (R&D) needs of the country.

 
Dr. Margaret Chan appointed for second term as WHO Director-General. (photo source:WHO)

“Universal health coverage is the ultimate expression of fairness,” stressed Dr. Margaret Chan in her acceptance speech for her second five-year term as Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) during the World Health Assembly last May 23, 2012.