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Though Poverty Declining Worldwide, More Than 2.2B People ‘Poor Or Near-Poor,’ U.N. Reports

Agence France-Presse: More than 2.2 billion people ‘poor or near-poor’: U.N. “More than 2.2 billion people are ‘poor or near-poor’, with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices, and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday…” (7/24).

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Ghana To Begin Free Sanitary Pad Program To Lower Girls’ Dropout Rates

VOA News: World Bank Loan to Subsidize Ghana School Project “Ghana’s government plans to use some of its World Bank loans to fund a free sanitary pad program for young girls in poor rural communities to reduce dropout rates. The initiative is part of a program known as the Ghana…

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PLOS Blog Post Discusses MDG 6 Progress

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Millennium Development Goal 6: Measuring Progress Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, examines findings from two “studies that aim to measure the global public health progress on MDG 6,” which aims to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases (7/24).

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Gates Speaks About Public Health In Africa, Polio In Nigeria

News outlets report on recent comments from Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about public health in Africa and polio in Nigeria. Mail & Guardian: Africa’s growth path: Reduce diseases, Bill Gates cautions “Unless Africa dramatically decreases its rates of malnutrition and premature mortality, it will…

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Malnutrition Affects Countries’ Economies, Agricultural Expert Says

Devex: Roger Thurow: Global malnutrition is a challenge to the worldwide economy “…[S]ome countries with 30-50 percent stunting rates due to childhood malnutrition have seen their gross domestic product knocked down between five and 15 percent, according to Roger Thurow, a senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy at…

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Lancet Articles Discuss Impact Of Reproductive Health Rights, Climate Change On Development

New Security Beat: Addressing Reproductive Health and Rights in a Post-MDG World Begins With Inequality Sarah Meyerhoff, contributor to New Security Beat, discusses two Lancet articles on the impact of reproductive health rights and climate change on sustainable development (7/23).

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Incorporating Human Rights Into HIV Programs Will Help End AIDS Epidemic

Open Society Foundations: End AIDS by 2030? Not at This Rate. Ralf Jürgens, director of the Open Society Law and Health Initiative, argues for the incorporation of human rights initiatives into HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs (7/23).

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Experts Urge Inclusion Of NTDs In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: Global Health Partners Continue to Urge the Inclusion of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Post-2015 Development Agenda “In a recently released policy brief, partners from the global health community continue to urge all United Nations (U.N.) Member States to ensure that…

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Ending AIDS Proposed As Goal In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. working group wants goal of ending AIDS epidemic by 2030 — UNDP “Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is one of the goals proposed to replace U.N. development targets that expire next year, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Tuesday…” (Nguyen,…

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Congress Considering Measures To Help Electrify Africa

Inter Press Service: U.S. Debating “Historic” Support for Off-Grid Electricity in Africa “Pressure is building [in Washington, D.C.,] for lawmakers to pass a bill that would funnel billions of dollars of U.S. investment into strengthening Africa’s electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities…”…

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