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UNFPA Executive Director Speaks About Necessity Of Family Planning Services At A.U. Maternal Health Event

“Ensuring availability of family planning services and their acceptability to every woman, man and to young people, would improve the health of mothers and children in Africa, besides saving health care systems unnecessary expenditure, according to Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA),” who spoke at…

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U.N. Calls For Additional Funding For Humanitarian Response In Syria

“As fighting continues in Syria’s civil war, the United Nations has said that it will be forced to cut already reduced food rations to hundreds of thousands of refugees unless a huge cash injection is found,” Al Jazeera reports. “About four million Syrians rely on international assistance to cope with…

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1 In 5 People Infected With Swine Flu During First Year Of Epidemic, WHO-Led Study Shows

“At least one in five people worldwide were infected with swine flu during the first year of the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic, an international research group said on Friday, but the death rate was just 0.02 percent,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 1/25). The WHO-led study “looked at more than 90,000 blood samples…

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WHO Executive Board Meeting Discusses Consensus On R&D For Neglected Diseases

Intellectual Property Watch reports on discussions at the ongoing WHO Executive Board meeting “over legal and political aspects of a consensus reached by a small number of member states in November on implementing a plan to address the global lack of research and development [R&D] for neglected diseases predominantly afflicting…

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In Fight Against Hunger, 6 Principles To Increase Resilience In Food-Insecure Communities

“As we grow more interconnected, a range of complex risks, including climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, conflict, and food and fuel price volatility, are exacerbating the challenges faced by vulnerable communities,” Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP); José Graziano da Silva, director general of…

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Devex Interviews WHO NTD Department Director On Roadmap For Eliminating 17 Diseases

“Lorenzo Savioli, director of WHO’s department of neglected tropical diseases, spoke to Devex from Geneva in a phone interview on Wednesday, January 23, days after WHO released a progress report on its year-old roadmap to eliminate 17 tropical diseases,” Devex’s “Development Newswire” blog reports. “The conversation highlighted some of the main front…

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Urging U.N. To Collect, Report Data On Aging Population Affected By HIV

“Estimates suggest that by 2040, over nine million people with HIV will be 50 or older in sub-Saharan Africa, triple that of current data,” the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance writes in The Body. “Despite this, the 2012 UNAIDS report does not mention the aging of HIV,” and “[b]ecause it does not…

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Two Global Campaigns Launched Focusing On Ending Hunger, Reducing Food Waste

“A coalition of 100 U.K. development charities and faith groups will on Wednesday launch [the If campaign,] a major campaign to lobby David Cameron, the prime minister, to use Britain’s presidency of the G8 to leverage action on ending global hunger,” the Guardian reports. “As well as more money for…

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UNAIDS Presents Online Discussion On Post-2015 AIDS Agenda

The World We Want 2015 webpage is hosting an online discussion (eDiscussion), presented by UNAIDS as part of the Post-2015 Health Thematic Consultation and running from January 21 through February 3, according to the webpage. The eDiscussion — an “open and inclusive online discussion for individuals, and members of civil…

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WHO Reports Significant Decrease In Measles Deaths Over Past Decade But Warns Large Outbreaks In Certain Regions Threaten Progress

“While the number of measles deaths around the world has significantly decreased over the past decade, large outbreaks in certain regions are jeopardizing progress, the United Nations health agency said [Thursday], adding that improved vaccination rates are critical to eliminate the disease,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Between 2000 and 2011, measles…

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