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WFP Official Urges Inclusionary Policies For Food Security

Devex: Not just beneficiaries: Make the poor partners in fighting hunger “How can you feed a billion people and lift them out of poverty while making sure their development progress is sustainable? For a senior official at the U.N. World Food Programme, we can by making them active agents in…

USAID, P&G Launch Clean Drinking Water, Health Projects In Myanmar

USAID “Administrator Rajiv Shah [on Thursday] helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in [Myanmar]. … Over the next two years, USAID and P&G intend to…

U.S. Releases Annual Global Report On Human Rights

The U.S. Department of State released its annual report on human rights on Thursday, with remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry and further remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Uzra Zeya. Several news outlets discuss findings of the report. Associated Press:…

PBS Examines Cookstoves’ Impact On Health

PBS NewsHour discusses the impact of cookstoves on health around the globe. PBS NewsHour: Designing cleaner stoves for home cooks in the developing world PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on “efforts to provide cleaner stoves to people in developing countries” as part of his ongoing series,…

Improper Treatment Leading To TB Drug Resistance In India

Deutsche Welle: TB drug resistance is on the rise in India “In India, two patients die every three minutes of tuberculosis. Improper treatment is leading to drug resistance, with 64,000 new cases registered in the South Asian country in 2012…” (Das, 2/27).

U.N. To Recognize March 1 As ‘Zero Discrimination Day’

U.N. News Centre: Ahead of Zero Discrimination Day, U.N. agency appeals for tolerance, dignity for all “‘Zero Discrimination Day,’ to be marked on 1 March, is a worldwide call to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to a full life with dignity — no matter what they look like, where they…

Vietnam Raises Alarm Over H7N9 Bird Flu Risk

Nature News: Vietnam on high alert over flu risk “The H7N9 avian influenza virus that has killed more than 100 people in China in the past year has for the first time been detected in a province bordering Vietnam, raising the prospect that the disease may take hold across Asia…

WHO Warns China Over Unhealthy Air Pollution In Beijing

News outlets report on unhealthy levels of air pollution in Beijing, China. BBC News: China pollution: Beijing smog masks tallest building “As smog once again blankets Beijing, the BBC’s Martin Patience looks at the impact on China’s capital and its residents. Smog levels regularly top levels considered hazardous by the…

Kangaroo Mother Care Can Reduce Newborn Deaths, Research Shows

VOA News: Q&A with Joy Lawn: Kangaroo Mother Care “A mother’s touch really can save a child’s life. That’s the claim behind Kangaroo Mother Care. … There is solid research to back up the claims. The research is led by neonatologist Joy Lawn and appears in the International Journal of…

Poverty Eradication At Core Of Post-2015 Development Agenda, Chinese U.N. Envoy Says

Xinhua News: Chinese U.N. envoy stresses poverty eradication in post-2015 development agenda “A Chinese envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday said that poverty eradication should remain the core of the post-2015 development agenda. Wang Min, China’s deputy permanent representative to the U.N., made the remarks at a meeting of…