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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…

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Experts Recommend Expanding AIDS Paradigm To Fit In Post-2015 Agenda

Devex: Fitting AIDS into the post-2015 agenda “Ongoing negotiations on a new global development framework have raised fears that existing targets may be forgotten — and gains lost — once the Millennium Development Goals expire at the end of 2015. This is why world leaders appear to be honing in…

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Number Of Smokers Increased Worldwide, With China Leading, Study Shows

News outlets examine the results of a new study released by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, titled “Smoking Prevalence and Cigarette Consumption in 187 Countries, 1980-2012.” Results show that China, in particular, has seen a rise in its number of smokers. U.S. News & World…

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WHO Reports 7 New H7N9 Cases In China

The WHO on Thursday reported seven additional cases of H7N9 avian influenza in China. Reuters: WHO says China has seven more cases of new H7N9 bird flu “Seven more people in China have been found to be infected with a potentially deadly new strain of bird flu in the past…

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Canadian Who Died Of H5N1 Was Young, Otherwise Healthy Woman, WHO Reports

News outlets continue to report on North America’s first H5N1 case, with the WHO confirming the fatality and releasing additional information on the victim. CIDRAP News: Exposure source in Canadian H5N1 case a mystery “It remained unclear today how the victim of the first H5N1 avian influenza infection in North…

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U.N. Warns Of Worsening Humanitarian Situation In Two Unstable Iraqi Cities

IRIN: Iraq fighting slows aid to the displaced “The U.N. is warning of a ‘critical humanitarian situation’ that is only ‘likely to worsen’ following sustained fighting among Islamic insurgents, tribal groups and government forces in the Iraqi province of Anbar that has displaced at least 5,000 families. Aid agencies are…

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U.N. Senior Officials Urge G77 Nations To Work Collectively To Achieve Anti-Poverty Goals By 2015

U.N. News Centre: Senior U.N. officials urge ‘Group of 77’ nations to work collectively on anti-poverty goals “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the General Assembly President John Ashe, today urged the bloc of developing countries known as the ‘Group of 77 and China’ to work collectively towards reaching the…

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WHO Set To Review 8 Proposals Addressing Neglected Disease Research; Critics Worry Schemes Are Not Innovative

Nature: Projects set to tackle neglected diseases “…Pharmaceutical companies say that poor customers cannot afford to pay the high prices needed to recoup development costs. Critics say that eight proposals, endorsed last month by reviewers for the World Health Organization (WHO) to break the stalemate for [kala-azar] and other neglected…

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Exclusive Breastfeeding Is Best, But Challenges Remain In Swaziland

Inter Press Service: Breast Is Best, But Not in Swaziland “…Exclusive breastfeeding — giving the baby nothing but breast milk — for six months is recommended by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), by [the Swaziland Infant Nutrition Action Network (SINAN)] and by the Ministry of Health. … Yet many…

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Half Of CAR’s Population Left Homeless, In Need Of Aid

News outlets report on the continuing strife in Central African Republic (CAR). The U.N. has resumed delivery of food aid to camps and aid organizations have begun a measles emergency response vaccination campaign. Al Jazeera: U.N. warns CAR on brink of catastrophe “U.N. officials are warning the Security Council that…

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