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Number Of Hungry Drops By 100M, But 1 In 9 Still Undernourished, U.N. Says

News outlets discuss a new U.N. report on world hunger and food security. Agence France-Presse: 100 million people saved from hunger over last decade: U.N. “The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years, though one in nine are still undernourished,…

Dengue Cases In Japan Show International Travel Likely Spreads Virus

Bloomberg News: Dengue Fever in Japan Shows Global Spread Through Travel “When Japan identified its first local case of dengue in 70 years last month, it became the latest in a string of countries to battle the tropical fever. The most likely importers of the disease: international travelers…” (Matsuyama, 9/15).

Additional Assistance Announced For West African Nations’ Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on several announcements of additional international assistance for the West African Ebola outbreak. Reuters: AfDB offers $150 million to help West Africa handle Ebola fallout: Le Monde “The African Development Bank (AfDB) told West African countries hardest hit by an Ebola epidemic they were willing to give…

USAID Investing In Start-Ups To Address Global Poverty

Los Angeles Times: USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems “To accomplish that goal [of ending extreme poverty], USAID has taken on the role of start-up incubator. The agency has launched development labs at seven major universities to draw students and faculty into collaborations aimed at building new approaches…

Nearly Half Of Girls In South Asia Marry By Age 18

Associated Press: UNICEF: 46 percent of South Asia girls marry by 18 “Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a UNICEF report released Thursday…” (Olson, 9/11).

Flooding In Pakistan, India Displaces Nearly 1M People

News outlets report on flooding in Pakistan and India that has displaced nearly one million people. The Guardian: Kashmir monsoon floods leave 460 dead and displace almost a million “Authorities in Pakistan and India are struggling to cope with raging monsoon floods which have killed more than 460 people, displaced…

Indonesia Must Plug $30M Funding Gap To Address HIV, U.N. Official Says

Reuters: Indonesia’s new president must fill funding gap in HIV fight — U.N. “Indonesia, one of only three countries in the Asia-Pacific region that is seeing a trend of increased HIV infections, must plug a $30 million funding gap in its fight against HIV, a U.N. health official said on…

Number Of Dengue Cases In Manila, Philippines, Down 75%, Official Says

Xinhua/GlobalPost: Dengue cases in Philippine capital down by 75 pct: official “Dengue cases in Metro Manila, Philippines, significantly declined in the first eight months of this year due to massive clean-up activities and information campaign, a senior government official said Wednesday…” (9/10).

Guardian Panel Discusses Funding Food Aid To N. Korea

The Guardian: Should the world fund food aid to North Korea? “Pyongyang presses on with its nuclear program and prestige projects while millions remain malnourished. Our expert panel asks whether donations are the best response…” (9/10).

Mosquito-Borne Viruses Reach Japan, U.S.

New York Times: Mosquito-Borne Viruses Hit Japan and the U.S. “Mosquito-borne viruses are showing up unexpectedly in affluent countries where they have been largely unknown. Yoyogi Park, a popular oasis in downtown Tokyo, was closed last week after authorities realized it was the center of Japan’s first outbreak of dengue…