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More Than 14M People Diagnosed With Cancer Worldwide In 2012, WHO Group Says

“The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million” in 2012, compared with 12.7 million cases in 2008, according to new data released Thursday by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), BBC News reports (Gallagher, 12/12).…

Aid Workers Warn Of Worsening Humanitarian Crisis In CAR

“Aid workers warned Thursday of a looming humanitarian crisis in the Central African capital as tens of thousands of residents desperate for protection slept rough near a French army base in Bangui,” Agence France-Presse reports. “But as some districts of the capital returned to a semblance of normality,” following the…

NPR Examines Efforts To Eradicate Polio In 2013

“The lowest number of polio cases ever recorded in the world was 223. And 2013 was on track for an even lower number, on the road to complete eradication of the virus,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports, adding, “But this was a year when polio pushed back. Hard.” The blog examines…

Humanitarian Situation Continues To Worsen In CAR; Food Security Deteriorating, FAO Says

“The humanitarian situation in the conflict-wracked Central African Republic (CAR) is deteriorating, with 450 people killed in the capital Bangui and 159,000 others driven from their homes in Bangui in the last week alone, United Nations agencies reported [Friday], as the largest airlift of emergency supplies since the violence erupted…

Media Outlets Examine Food Security In Urban Areas

“According to the United Nations human settlements program, U.N. Habitat, … [b]y 2050, 60 percent of all Africans will be living in cities,” The Guardian reports in an article examining urban poverty and a program by the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) to address urban food security issues (Van Ark, 12/17).…

Forbes Interviews Chief Of HIV/AIDS Section At UNICEF’s New York Headquarters

In a recent interview with Forbes, Craig McClure, chief of the HIV/AIDS section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters, “discussed their latest report examining the progress being made in the response to HIV and AIDS for children.” The report “highlights key strategies to prevent HIV and to accelerate access to the…

WHO Expert Panel On Innovation In Funding For R&D Faces Criticism

“A WHO expert panel set up to find new ways to fund health research for neglected diseases has defeated the purpose of the initiative by selecting less-ambitious rather than mold-breaking ideas, civil society groups have said,” SciDev.Net reports. “At a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month (December 3-5), the…

U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Visits CAR To Assess Ongoing Violence, Next Steps

“The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations arrived Thursday in Central African Republic [CAR] in the highest profile American effort to date to quell the cycle of violence in this impoverished country that has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced at least 10 percent of the population,” the Associated Press…