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AU Chair Discusses Proposed Food Security Compact Ahead Of World Economic Forum On Africa

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika “said he planned to work with other African leaders to devise a programme on food security that was sustainable ‘regardless of who is looking at it,’ and set up what he called an African compact on food security to act as an independent advisory body to the African Union (AU) on agriculture and food issues,” the Guardian’s “Katine” blog reports.

Report Highlights Lack Of Humanitarian Access To Cyclone Nargis Survivors In Myanmar

“Almost two years after Cyclone Nargis killed nearly 140,000 people in Myanmar, the repression of rights in areas hit by the cyclone continues and the humanitarian space in the country is shrinking instead of growing as originally hoped, a [Human Rights Watch] report released on Thursday said,” Reuters AlertNet reports.

Also In Global Health News: HIV Prevention In Iran; Water Pricing; Malaria Control Challenges; Drought In Niger; MBAs

AP Examines Iran’s Efforts To Curb Spread Of HIV/AIDS Among Drug Users The Associated Press reports that health experts participating at this week’s International Harm Reduction Association conference in Liverpool are looking to Iran’s methadone clinics and needle exchange programs as a possible model for other countries looking to stop HIV/AIDS…

World Bank-IMF Report Tracks Impact Of Global Economic Downturn On MDGs

Though the global economic crisis has slowed the pace of efforts to reduce poverty in developing countries, the countries remain “on track” to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve extreme poverty by 2015, a World Bank Group and IMF report says.

Opinions: G8 Summit; World Malaria Day; Family Planning; Global Food Security Act

To Improve Maternal, Child Health, Focus On Improving Nutrition As G8 development leaders gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this week to discuss priorities for the upcoming summit, Josette Sheeran, executive director of the WFP, calls for world leaders to focus on the nutritional needs of mothers and children in developing…

Website Launched To Track Aid To Haiti From ‘Pledge To Impact’

Agence France-Presse reports that the U.N. has launched “a new website to track the estimated 9.9 billion dollars in aid pledged to Haiti by the international community in the wake of a devastating January 12 earthquake.” The website is a joint project of the Haitian government and the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP). The new portal aims to ensure “transparency and accountability,” according to a UNDP press release. “The system tracks the money from pledge to impact,” the release said.