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New Development Goals Should Be ‘Discrete, Quantitative, Achievable’

Wall Street Journal: Smart Aid for the World’s Poor Matt Ridley, member of the British House of Lords and author “…The lesson, surely, from this first round of setting development goals is the need to be even more ruthlessly selective next time. A list of eight goals is too long…

Affordable Hepatitis C Medicine Can Cut Number Of New Infections

Financial Times: Global push can bring remedies within reach of all who need them Stefan Wiktor, team leader of the WHO’s global hepatitis program, and Gottfried Hirnschall, director of WHO’s HIV department “We are witnessing a remarkable transformation in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV). Intensive research is…

Heavy Rains Present Challenges For Food Transport In South Sudan

U.N. News Centre: Heavy rains, ongoing violence push South Sudan towards ‘hunger catastrophe,’ warns U.N. agency “Already working hard to get supplies to people in South Sudan cut off by flooded roads, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) [Friday] warned that the rains, as well as the ongoing fighting,…

UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Concludes 34th Meeting

UNAIDS: UNAIDS Board calls for ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 This press release from UNAIDS discusses the recently concluded 34th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, noting the “UNAIDS Executive Director’s report to the board, and the board’s decisions from the meeting can…

Somali Capital Facing Imminent Hunger Crisis, U.N. Warns

Agence France-Presse: Somali capital one step short of famine: U.N. “War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency levels just short of famine, the United Nations warned Monday…” (7/7).

WFP, UNHCR Launch Appeal To Close Funding Shortfall Causing Food Aid Cuts

IRIN: New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa “The World Food Programme (WFP) and the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June,…

Field Tests For Chagas Disease Show Success In Study

New York Times: New Field Tests May Curb Kissing Bug Disease “Six different rapid diagnostic tests have proved reliable in detecting Chagas disease without having to wait for laboratory confirmation, according to a study by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization…” (McNeil, 7/7).

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