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Doctors, Advocates Urge U.N. To Take Health-Based Approach To Drug Control Policies

The Lancet: Doctors criticize U.N.’s approach to global drugs control “Growing numbers of doctors are calling for a health-based approach to be adopted as a cornerstone of global drugs policy as a high-level U.N. conference highlights what critics say are continued failings in international bodies’ strategies for dealing with global…

African Parliamentarians Commit To Advancing AIDS Response Now, Beyond 2015

Earlier this week, parliamentarians met during a roundtable at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa to discuss advancing the AIDS response now and post-2015. According to a UNAIDS press release, “[t]he aim of the dialogue was to create awareness and build the capacity of parliamentarians on the agreed 2013 Abuja…

Ebola Outbreak Spreads In Guinea, Spills Over to Sierra Leone, Liberia

News outlets report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: Senegal closes border with Guinea over Ebola fears “Senegal has closed its land border with neighboring Guinea to prevent the spread of the Ebola outbreak, which has killed at least 70 people…” (3/30). Associated Press: 8 cases of…

Human Rights Group, U.N. Official Denounce Syria For Blocking Aid To Warn-Torn Regions

Human Rights Watch and U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos on Friday denounced Syria for blocking the flow of humanitarian aid, news outlets report. Al Jazeera America: Syrian government accused of blocking aid to war-ravaged areas “A leading human rights group accused Syria’s government Friday of blocking aid to war-torn…

6 African Countries Set To Benefit From New U.N.-Backed Food Security Fund

U.N. News Centre: U.N. announces first countries set to benefit from African-led food security fund “A unique, Africa-led United Nations-backed fund designed to improve food security across the continent has become a reality for the first six countries slated to benefit from the initiative. The Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Malawi,…

Health Workers Say Water Shortages Contribute To Rotavirus Infections In Cameroon

VOA News: Cameroon Medics Battle Rotavirus “In the past 12 months, thousands of children in Cameroon have died of severe diarrhea caused by rotavirus, with thousands more said to be hospitalized. Although the United Nations has come in to help with a vaccine, local medics say the situation is difficult,…

Climate Change To Increase Risk Of Conflict, Natural Disaster, Hunger, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss a new report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that says climate change will adversely affect health, food security, and economic and political stability. Agence France-Presse: Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: U.N. “Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods…

New U.N. Report Urges Proactive, Preventive Aid Approach

U.N. News Centre: Saving more lives requires abandoning broken, reactive approach to aid — U.N. “Relief aid should anticipate and prevent — not just react and treat, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) declares today in a new report that challenges humanitarian and development actors…

Spread of Hunger, Displacement In South Sudan Is ‘Alarming,’ U.N. Reports

News outlets report on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. U.N. News Centre: U.N. relief officials arrive in South Sudan amid ‘alarming’ spread of hunger, displacement “Senior United Nations relief officials began a visit to South Sudan [Monday] to meet conflict-affected people and to review the ongoing response and needs…

The Telegraph Interviews WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

The Telegraph: Meet Ertharin Cousin: the woman who feeds the world “She’s friends with the Obamas. She rose from poverty to run the World Food Programme. And she plans to end global hunger in our lifetime. Meet Ertharin Cousin…” (Llewellyn-Smith, 3/30).

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