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WHO Calls For Tighter Controls On Marketing Of Unhealthy Foods To Children

“The marketing of unhealthy foods to children has proven ‘disastrously effective,’ driving obesity by using cheap social media channels to promote fat-, salt- and sugar-laden foods, the [WHO’s] Europe office said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. The WHO “called for tighter controls on such marketing, saying tougher regulations were crucial to…

AIDS-Free Generation Within Reach 10 Years After Inception Of PEPFAR

Noting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement on Tuesday “that a cumulative total of one million babies will have been born HIV-free … due to direct PEPFAR support” over the last decade, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and head of the State Department’s Office of Global Health…

BBC Radio Show Examines Child Undernutrition

BBC World Service’s “More Or Less” radio show “examines the claim that every 15 seconds a child dies of hunger,” which “is a popular statistic used by celebrities and charity campaigners in support of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.” However, the show summary states, “According to the experts…

PEPFAR’s Commitment To Orphans, Vulnerable Children Must Continue

“Despite the daunting numbers of children affected by AIDS, global resources for such programs are declining,” Rachel Yates, a senior adviser for UNICEF’s Children Affected by AIDS, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “Thankfully, the recent PEPFAR Blueprint and PEPFAR Guidance on Orphans and Vulnerable Children [OVC] which is…

Millionth Baby Born HIV-Free Celebrated On PEPFAR’s 10th Anniversary

This month in sub-Saharan Africa, the one-millionth infant will be born without HIV to a mother living with the virus, “thanks in large part” to PEPFAR, which is marking its 10th anniversary, Agence France-Presse reports. In an interview with AFP, Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office…

At Least 25 Children Infected With Wild Polio Virus In Northern Nigeria

At least 25 children in northern Nigeria have been infected with wild polio virus this year, according to an official, the country’s Premium Times reports. WHO Consultant on Vaccine Security and Logistics Bolaji Buari “said this on Friday at Tegina town in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State ……

U.N. Releases Annual Report On Children, Armed Conflict

In its annual report on children and armed conflict, the U.N. “says thousands of children have been killed, injured, tortured or recruited into militias and armies in the past year as a result of armed conflicts,” noting “progress in some states, but a worsening situation in others, such as Mali,…

Invest In Frontline Health Workers To Prevent Newborn, Child Deaths

Citing Save the Children’s 14th annual ‘State of the World’s Mothers’ report, which says one million children worldwide die on their first day of life each year, Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) write in a Roll Call opinion piece, “One year after 173 countries pledged to end…

People Of CAR Remain Cut Off From Health Services 2 Months After Rebel Coup

“Rebels and bandits in Central African Republic (CAR) have ransacked clinics and forced medical staff to flee, leaving tens of thousands of children at risk as the rainy season approaches, an international health charity has warned,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Two thirds of CAR’s population — 3.2 million people –…

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