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Nearly 22M Infants Went Unvaccinated In 2013, Report Shows

GlobalPost: U.N. reports 21.8 million infants weren’t vaccinated in 2013 “Nearly 22 million infants around the world were not vaccinated last year that should have been, according to a report released last week by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The startling number underscores the need for innovations in vaccination…

Polio Nearly Eradicated; Last Cases Originate In Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria

Forbes: World Looks Anxiously To Pakistan, Afghanistan, And Nigeria To Eradicate Polio “…The Global Polio Eradication Initiative hopes to see the final case of polio either late this year or early next year. All polio cases, regardless of where they are found, now originate from three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and…

WHO Warns Obesity In Children Will Reach 70M By 2025

VOA News: Childhood Obesity Weighs on WHO “If current trends continue, the World Health Organization warns there will be 70 million obese children globally by 2025…”(Schlein, 7/18).

Overcoming Stigma, Discrimination Key To Ending AIDS

Devex: Redoubling efforts to fight stigma and discrimination key to ending AIDS Anne Stangl, senior behavioral scientist at the International Center for Research on Women “…As the world’s attention turns to HIV and AIDS this week, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that sufficient attention is focused on how…

Call To Action Issued To Integrate Holistic Approach For AIDS-Free Generation

UNAIDS: Global Partners Forum: a holistic approach needed to keep children and young people safe from HIV UNAIDS reports on discussions in the Global Partners Forum on Children and HIV and AIDS, which took place on the first day of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. “A call…

Ending AIDS Proposed As Goal In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. working group wants goal of ending AIDS epidemic by 2030 — UNDP “Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is one of the goals proposed to replace U.N. development targets that expire next year, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Tuesday…” (Nguyen,…

Cameron Calls For Worldwide Ban On FGM, Child Marriage At Girl Summit

News outlets discuss the Girl Summit in London and report on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Agence France-Presse: Worldwide FGM ban sought at ‘Girl Summit’ “Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female…

U.N. Takes Measures To Curb Polio Spread In Middle East

News outlets report on U.N. efforts to curb the spread of polio in the Middle East region. Reuters: Polio still threatens Middle East after Syria, Iraq cases: U.N. “Thirty-six children in Syria and two in Iraq have been paralyzed by polio since October, and the risk of the virus spreading…

U.N. Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Drops By Air Amid Multiple Refugee Crises

News outlets report on the refugee crises in South Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, and Central African Republic, noting the U.N. is stepping up air delivery of humanitarian assistance. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. refugees in S. Sudan face perfect storm of woe as war drags on (+video) “When war broke out in…

U.N. Warns Shrinking Number Of Girls In India Reaches ‘Emergency Proportions’

Reuters: India faces crisis over dwindling numbers of girls, U.N. says “The dwindling numbers of Indian girls, caused by the illegal abortion of millions of babies, has reached ‘emergency proportions,’ fueling an increase in crimes such as kidnapping and trafficking, the United Nations warned on Tuesday…” (Bhalla, 7/22).