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Senate Supports Month of Global Health

On October 18, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, a resolution designating November 2005 as the “Month of Global Health.” Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) sponsored the resolution.

According to the resolution, “Child survival is a key element of global health and is of utmost importance to the United States.” The resolution notes that the following interventions could increase a child’s chance of survival if received before the age of five: vaccines, antibiotics, Vitamin A and micronutrients, oral rehydration therapy, and insecticide-treated bed-nets. Finally, the resolution states that “10 million children die each year from preventable diseases in third world countries, and 6 million of those deaths could be prevented by the use of these interventions.”

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