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FAO Food Price Index Decreased In March, But Drop Might Not Be Permanent

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday that world food prices dropped last month for the first time in eight months, “but it warned that prices may resume rising as higher output may not be enough to replenish low stock levels,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Henshaw, 4/7).

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Officials Ask For U.S. To Continue Support For U.N. In Capitol Hill Meetings

The U.N. needs the U.S. to continue providing strong financial support, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told U.S. lawmakers in Washington on Thursday, “as President Barack Obama and Congress negotiate federal budget cuts to try to avoid a government shutdown,” Reuters reports. “We need to have robust financial support from the United States,” Ban said (Cornwell/Alexander, 4/7).

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Recent Releases In Global Health

Panel Examines Global TB Fight: The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on the recent briefing, “Accelerating Progress to Combat TB: Innovation and Partnership,” which featured TB experts and African health ministers discussing the global fight against TB. Kenneth Castro, director of TB elimination at the CDC; Rachel…

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Marking World Health Day, WHO Warns Misuse Of Antibiotics Undermining Global Fight Against Infectious Diseases

U.N. officials on Thursday marked World Health Day with a warning that “the misuse and irrational use of antibiotics has undermined the global fight against tuberculosis and malaria, warning of a possible return to the days before the drugs were developed,” and called for urgent action to control the spread of drug resistance, Reuters reports. In addition to growing resistance to TB and malaria treatments, “treatment for gonorrhea was threatened by growing resistance to the last-line treatment, and the WHO said hospital-acquired superbugs, resistant to major antibiotics, were becoming increasing frequent,” the news service writes (Mogato, 4/7).

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Also In Global Health News: Japan Considering Foreign Assistance Cuts; Conditions In Libya; Flooding In Namibia; Foreign Aid In India; Maternal Mortality In Rwanda; Dengue In Sri Lanka; China’s One-Child Policy

Japan Considering Reducing Foreign Aid By 20 Percent To Help Fund Disaster Relief Japanese media reported on Thursday that the country “is considering cutting foreign aid by 20 percent this fiscal year to help fund its extra budget for disaster relief after last month’s massive quake and tsunami,” Reuters reports.…

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U.N. Officials To Testify On Capitol Hill As Lawmakers Propose Cutting U.S. Funding For U.N.

High-level U.N. officials are scheduled to testify this week on Capitol Hill, “where they will argue against initiatives to pare back U.S. funding and shake up the way the United Nations does business,” CQ reports.

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World Health Day 2011 Highlights Problem Of Antimicrobial Resistance

On the eve of World Health Day 2011, Inter Press Service examines the growing global challenge of antibimicrobial resistance.

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Also In Global Health News: Potential Corruption With DFID Funds; HIV/AIDS In Tanzania; Drug Substitution Program In Afghanistan; Rare Disease Consortium; Pnuemonococcal Vaccine In DRC

U.K.’s National Audit Office Warns DFID To Be On Guard Against Possible Corruption The U.K.’s National Audit Office (NAO) on Wednesday issued a report on the financial management of the Department for International Development (DFID) warning that “the UK had no clear picture of the ‘extent, nature and impact’ of…

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U.N. Secretary-General Urges University Leaders To Prioritize Women’s Empowerment

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday spoke about the role universities can play in empowering women worldwide during an address to students and academic leaders gathered in Philadelphia for the fifth Global Colloquium of University Presidents, the Associated Press reports (Matheson, 4/4).

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Aid Groups Respond To Escalating Violence In Cote d’Ivoire

“Aid organizations are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis for tens of thousands of refugees who have arrived in Liberia after fleeing violence” in Cote d’Ivoire, CNN reports.

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