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Timor-Leste Launches National Campaign For Universal Access To Food

U.N. News Centre: Timor-Leste becomes first Asia-Pacific country to launch U.N.’s Zero Hunger Challenge “Timor-Leste, Asia-Pacific’s youngest country, today became the region’s first to launch a national campaign under the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, which seeks to ensure universal access to food in the face of looming threats such…

CGIAR Announces Increased Funding To Address Food Insecurity

VOA News: Expanded Research Puts Global Food Security on the Horizon “Scientists and food experts have high hopes in achieving global food security as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) recently announced a billion-dollar funding milestone. The world’s largest agriculture research partnership says funding for research and development went…

U.N. Appeals For More Aid To CAR, South Sudan

In two articles, the U.N. News Centre reports on the U.N.’s request for more aid to Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan as the refugee crisis worsens in and around each country. U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: amid ongoing violence, U.N. rights expert calls for more aid “A…

Gates Foundation Support Enables Indonesian TB Treatment Program

Gabrielle Fitzgerald, director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about a TB treatment program in Indonesia. “…I visited Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital with colleagues from the [Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] and Tahir, a prominent…

Bill Gates Discusses Achieving A Polio-Free India

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates discusses the success of India’s polio elimination efforts. He writes, “India’s victory galvanized the global health community to commit to achieving a polio-free world by 2018.” He notes that “India’s success is cause…

Indonesia Launches Universal Health Coverage Amid Public Enthusiasm, Caution From Experts

IRIN: Hopes and fears as Indonesia rolls out universal health care “The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care. The government aims to have every Indonesian covered by health insurance by…