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New Regulatory Agency In Africa Aims To Facilitate Approval Of CD4 Diagnostic Tests

Noting the WHO has called for 15 million people living with HIV to be receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) by 2015 and new WHO HIV treatment guidelines say ART should be prescribed when patients’ CD4 cell counts reach 500 cells/mm3, a higher threshold than previously recommended, The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals…

Japan, Britain Donate Funds To Help U.N. Provide Polio Vaccinations In Somalia, Kenya

“An emergency contribution from Japan will enable the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners to tackle a polio outbreak in Somalia that has already paralyzed nearly 100 children and threatens hundreds of thousands more who are not vaccinated,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/5). “With a growing number…

WFP Begins Distribution Of Maize To North Korea Flood Victims

“The U.N.’s World Food Programme [WFP] said on Tuesday it had begun distributing 460 tons of maize to victims of major floods in North Korea that have killed more than 30 people,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The aid is aimed at addressing the ‘immediate food needs’ of around 38,000 people living…

MDGs Did Not Accelerate Development Progress, Study Says

“A new study suggests that the United Nations’ much-lauded Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], which expire in the year 2015, did not accelerate developmental progress globally after they were announced in September 2000,” U.S. News & World Report writes. “The study, which was done by a statistician with the U.N. Population Fund…

U.N. Releases New Guidelines On Mental Health Care For Trauma, Loss

“The United Nations health and refugee agencies [on Tuesday] released new guidelines and clinical protocols on mental health care for adults and children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and bereavement,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The guidelines — released by the WHO, in conjunction with the U.N. High Commissioner for…

U.N. Women Has Opportunity To Improve Women’s Health

“U.N. Women has an important role as a global champion for women and girls; and the change in leadership later this month will have important implications for the welfare of women, especially in terms of health,” a Lancet editorial states. “A change in leadership” — from former President of Chile…

Head Of Georgian Health Policy Group Discusses HIV/AIDS, Public Health Trends

In partnership with the Skoll World Forum, Forbes features an interview with George Gotsadze, who since 1996 has led Georgian think tank Curatio International Foundation, which focuses on health policy and health systems issues, primarily in the post-Soviet states. According to the interview transcript, Gotsadze reflects on public health in…

FAO Food Price Index At Lowest Level Since June 2012

“Global food prices declined for the third consecutive month, largely driven by lower international prices for grains, soy and palm oil, while sugar, meat and dairy prices were also down, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported” on Thursday, the U.N. News Centre reports (8/8). The FAO “price…