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Drop In AIDS-Related Deaths In Eastern, Southern Africa Due To Improved Treatment Access, UNAIDS Report Says

“A 10-fold increase in access to life-prolonging drugs contributed to a 38 percent drop in the number of people dying from AIDS-related causes in eastern and southern Africa between 2005 and 2011, the United Nations said on Tuesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. In a new UNAIDS report (.pdf), titled “Getting…

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FAO Urges Developing Countries To Stop Distribution, Use Of Toxic Pesticides

“The tragic incident in India in which nearly two dozen children died after eating a contaminated school meal is a stark reminder that highly hazardous pesticides should be phased out in developing countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said” Tuesday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “In a…

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Only 1 In 5 Countries Implement Guidelines On Marketing Of Breast-Milk Substitutes, WHO Report Says

The WHO on Tuesday “called for ensuring that women have accurate information and support regarding the importance of breastfeeding, after a new report found that only one in five countries fully implement international guidelines about the marketing of breast-milk substitutes,” the U.N. News Centre reports (7/30). “Only 37 countries, or…

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The Guardian Profiles New Head Of U.N. Women

The Guardian profiles Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, formerly the deputy president of South Africa, who “takes the helm next month at U.N. Women, a three-year-old agency still striving for enough funds, recognition and a chance to make its mark.” Mlambo-Ngcuka “replaces Michelle Bachelet, who resigned in March to run for another term…

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India Continues To Use Dangerous Pesticides Banned In Most Countries

“Nearly a decade ago, the Indian government ruled out a ban on the production and use of monocrotophos, the highly toxic pesticide that killed 23 children this month in a village school providing free lunches under a government-sponsored program,” Reuters reports. “Although the government argues the benefits of strong pesticides…

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President Carter Congratulates Colombia On Eradicating River Blindness

“Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today congratulated President Juan Manuel Santos and the people of Colombia for becoming … the first country in the Americas to eliminate river blindness and … the first country in the world to apply for and be granted verification of elimination of river blindness by…

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Empowering Women, Girls Is Most Effective Strategy To Fight Global Hunger, Report Says

“Focusing the lens of social and economic development on women and girls is the most inexpensive and effective tool in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, says a new study [.pdf] on gender and food security in the Asia Pacific region,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Women’s education alone resulted in…

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Cameroon Facing High Rates Of Malnutrition Among Children

“Prolonged drought in northern Cameroon, an aspect of the changing climate that is affecting the whole Sahel region, has reduced food output, pushed up prices and increased the severity and prevalence of malnutrition among children, experts say,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “An estimated 330,600 children under five are at risk…

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Head Of U.N. Drug Office Calls For Stronger Prevention Efforts On World Hepatitis Day

“Marking World Hepatitis Day [on Sunday], the head of the United Nations drugs and crime agency … called for stronger prevention efforts to stop the spread of this major global health risk and urged authorities to ensure that all victims, including injecting drug users and prisoners, get the care and…

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World Hepatitis Day Aims To Raise Awareness Of, Action On Viral Infections

“Only one-third of the world’s countries have national strategies for viral hepatitis, the [WHO said Wednesday,] urging governments to scale up measures to tackle this ‘silent epidemic,’ in particular the five types that, over time, cause chronic and debilitating illnesses,” the U.N. News Centre reports. World Hepatitis Day, recognized on…

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