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U.S. Government Blog Posts Discuss Findings From New Lancet Series On Breastfeeding

The following blog posts discuss findings from a new series of papers on breastfeeding published by The Lancet. USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Healthy Beginnings: New Evidence Cites Breastfeeding’s Health Benefits for Moms, Babies, and Economies Elizabeth Fox, director of the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition in USAID’s Bureau for Global…

Near Universal Breastfeeding Could Prevent 800K Child Deaths Annually, Lancet Series Says

The Guardian: Breastfeeding could prevent 800,000 child deaths, Lancet says “If almost every mother breastfed her children it could prevent more than 800,000 child deaths a year, yet governments are failing to promote and support breastfeeding, with rates remaining far below international targets, new research has found. Poor government policies,…

Nearly 2M Libyans Need Humanitarian, Medical Assistance, WHO Warns

U.N. News Centre: Dire health situation of 2 million Libyans ‘cannot wait for political solution’ to conflict — U.N. agency official “With a political deal among Libya’s numerous factions in flux, some $50 million is urgently needed to meet the life-saving needs of nearly two million people in the crisis-torn…

Middle East Conflicts Causing Widespread Hunger, Medical Supply, Fuel Shortages

Associated Press: In Mideast wars, hunger grips millions across the region “In a Middle East torn apart by war and conflict, fighters are increasingly using food as a weapon of war. Millions of people across countries like Syria, Yemen, and Iraq are gripped by hunger, struggling to survive with little…

E.U. To Provide $4.5M To Zimbabwe For Drought Assistance

VOA News: European Union Unveils $4.5 Million for Tackling Severe Drought in Zimbabwe “The European Union is set to give Zimbabwe an additional $4.5 million with a view of raising more funds to ease a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon and a crumbling economy. E.U. ambassador to…

Drought-Hit Ethiopia Needs $500M To Support Food Aid To 10.2M People Beyond April, WFP Says

Agence France-Presse: Millions in drought-hit Ethiopia facing food shortages: U.N. “Millions of people in drought-hit Ethiopia face dire food shortages, with the United Nations warning Thursday of a break in deliveries that could leave huge numbers without life saving aid…” (1/28). Reuters: Ethiopia drought relief needs $500 mln for support…

Gates, Dangote Foundations Announce $100M Commitment To Address Malnutrition In Nigeria

Agence France-Presse: Gates and Dangote team up against malnutrition in Nigeria “Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote and tech billionaire Bill Gates on Thursday announced plans for a $100-million scheme to cut malnutrition in the continent’s most populous nation, Nigeria…” (1/21). Daily Trust: Dangote, Gates foundations commit $100m to malnutrition in…