Aid groups in West Africa are trying out new strategies and products for treating moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) as part of a U.N.-led effort to change 30 year old policies, IRIN reports.
Food Security and Nutrition
Lancet Comment: Make Pain Treatment, Palliative Care Available To End ‘Suffering Of Millions’ “The undertreatment of pain caused by cancer and other conditions is a global health tragedy,” write the authors of a Lancet Comment. Noting a resolution adopted by the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which called on states…
A global food crisis does not appear to be on the horizon despite recent food price rises, but steps must be taken to regulate volatile food commodities markets, Hafez Ghanem, a top official at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
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HIV-Positive Children On HAART May Need Revaccination HIV-positive children on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) “may need to be revaccinated to maintain their immunity against preventable childhood diseases,” according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, HealthDay/BusinessWeek reports. After reviewing 38 studies, researchers found that children…
“Global efforts to improve access to drinking water have been hampered by rapid urbanisation, with the proportion of people in urban areas with access actually declining, according to U.N. figures presented” at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Agence France-Presse reports.
World Bank Report Highlights Concerns, Potential Benefits Of Large-Scale Farm Deals In Developing Countries
Foreign purchases of agricultural land in developing countries “pose ‘significant risks’ to the livelihoods of farmers in countries with ‘weak land governance,’ the World Bank said in a report” (.pdf) on Tuesday, which also noted the potential benefits of these investments, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has named 15 experts to a committee “to help formulate policies to ensure food security and avoid a repeat of the food crisis of a few years ago,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 9/6).
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India To Review Antibiotic Use; Japan Detects Resistant Gene Originally Found In South Asia “The health ministry has formed a committee to frame a policy for antibiotic use, following an uproar over a Lancet study that traced a drug-resistant bacterial superbug’s origins to India,” LiveMint.com reports. The panel will also…
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U.S.Â Global Fund Commitment A Times of Trenton editorial looks at the work of the Global Fund toÂ Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is “estimated to have already saved 5 million lives, enables programs that prevent and treat infections, eliminate the transmission of HIV from pregnant women to their unborn children,…
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “has called a special meeting on the recent spike in food prices, responding to fears of a repeat of the shortages that led to riots in parts of the world two years ago,” the Associated Press reports. The inter-governmental committee on grains will meet on Sept. 24, most likely in Rome, according to FAO spokesperson Christopher Matthews. “He said a large number of member countries had expressed concern about a possible repeat of the 2008 food crisis,” the AP reports (9/3).