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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit To Cover Food Security, Climate Change, U.S. Private Sector Role in Africa

News outlets continue to report on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which takes place in Washington, D.C. this week. Topics being discussed include health, food security, climate change, and the U.S. role in Africa’s development. Associated Press: Business, Ebola discussed at U.S.-Africa summit “The Obama administration sought Monday to strengthen ties with Africa…

August 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The August 2014 WHO Bulletin includes an editorial on the 2014 WHO conference on health and climate change, news articles on climate change, and several research and policy papers on various topics (August 2014).

New Development Goals Should Be ‘Discrete, Quantitative, Achievable’

Wall Street Journal: Smart Aid for the World’s Poor Matt Ridley, member of the British House of Lords and author “…The lesson, surely, from this first round of setting development goals is the need to be even more ruthlessly selective next time. A list of eight goals is too long…

Rains, Lack Of Toilets Could Worsen S. Sudan Cholera Epidemic, ICRC Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Rains and lack of toilets threaten to make South Sudan cholera epidemic even deadlier “The cholera epidemic in South Sudan is bad, but now that the rains have begun — in areas where a lack of toilets means a lot of feces out in the open –…

U.N. Agencies Establish Office To Prepare For Climate-Related Crises, Disease Outbreaks

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. moves to bring climate information into health planning “The World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization have created a joint office to prepare better for weather-driven health emergencies and shifting outbreaks of climate-linked diseases such as cholera and dengue fever…” (Rowling, 7/8).

U.N. SG Ban Urges Strong Voice For New Body Focused On Sustainability

U.N. News Centre: Saying ‘change is in the air,’ Ban urges new U.N. body to galvanize global sustainability agenda “With the close of the Millennium Development Goal era just months away, and work already beginning on a successor agenda to reign in poverty and put the planet on a sustainable course…

Chronic Kidney Disease Spreads Through Central America Sugar Belt

Al Jazeera: Silent kidney epidemic ravages Central America sugar belt “…[T]ens of thousands [of people are] cut down by a new form of chronic kidney disease striking like a scythe across the sweltering plains of Central America’s sugar belt from Mexico to Costa Rica. … Dubbed chronic kidney disease of…