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Major Rally To Be Held In London’s Hyde Park Ahead Of Nutrition Summit

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graça Machel, will speak at a major rally in [London’s] Hyde Park this weekend as part of a campaign to end child malnutrition,” The Guardian reports. “The Hyde Park…

Patent Application On MERS Creates Questions For Cooperative Medical Research

At the closing session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 27, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said an outbreak of a newly identified virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), is “a threat to the entire world.” At the meeting, controversy emerged because researchers at Erasmus Medical Centre in…

International Harm Reduction Conference Begins In Lithuania

The four-day International Harm Reduction Conference opened in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sunday, drawing “hundreds of scientists, politicians, researchers, health workers, doctors and activists from about 70 countries” to “focus on an HIV hotspot: central and eastern Europe and central Asia, where there are more than 3.7 million injecting drug users,…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding Nutrition For Growth, G8 Meetings

On June 8, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron co-hosted the Nutrition for Growth summit in London, ahead of hosting the G8 meeting later in the month. The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding the summits and the global campaign against hunger. Kirtana Chandrasekaran and Nnimmo Bassey, The Guardian’s Poverty Matters…

G8 Accountability Report Should Focus More On NTD Treatment

“Last Friday, the G8 Lough Erne Accountability Report [.pdf] was released by the U.K. government in the lead-up to the G8 summit happening at the end of this week,” the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog writes, adding, “We are pleased to see that the G8’s…

Berlin Hosts International Policies Against Hunger Conference

“Berlin is once again host to the international conference ‘Policies against Hunger,'” a Press TV video report notes. “International conferences like ‘Policies Against Hunger’ work on applying and developing guidelines that will contribute towards food security and reducing world hunger, one of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, the news service…

Some Eastern European, Central Asian Countries Working To Improve Harm Reduction Programs

“As former presidents, senior diplomats and experts meet in the Lithuanian capital to discuss a litany of rights abuses, lethal epidemics and social destruction caused by repressive drug policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, pockets of hope for drug reform are emerging across the region,” Inter Press Service reports.…

Daily Antiretroviral Dose Reduces Risk Of HIV Infection Among IDUs, Study Shows

“A daily dose of powerful anti-HIV medicine helped cut the risk of infection with the AIDS virus by 49 percent in intravenous drug users [IDUs] in a Bangkok study that showed for the first time such a preventive step can work in this high-risk population,” Reuters reports (Steenhuysen, 6/13). “Earlier…

Guardian Roundtable Discussion Examines Issues Surrounding Global Nutrition

As part of The Guardian’s “In Focus: Nutrition Matters” series, the newspaper published a sponsored feature summarizing a recent roundtable discussion “held by The Guardian, in association with global science company DSM.” According to the newspaper, “The roundtable involved participants from the private and [non-governmental organization (NGO)] sectors, as well…