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WHO Nutrition For Health Director Discusses ICN2 Outcomes In Devex Interview

Devex: What’s next for global nutrition efforts after ICN2 “…[A]side from the official items on the agenda [of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)], what buzz topics took center stage at the conference, what do experts now view as the main nutrition challenges, and how must we reform food…

Polio Outbreak In Pakistan Can Be Controlled In 2015, WHO Official Says

The Guardian: Pakistan polio outbreak ‘will probably be fixed next year,’ says WHO official “…So far this year, 262 cases have been detected in the country, including in Swat, an area that had been free of polio for five years. … But Elias Durry, one of the World Health Organization’s…

Lassa Fever Kills 9 In Benin; No Ebola Detected, Country, WHO Officials Say

Associated Press: Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found “Nine people have died in Benin from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola, the country’s health minister said. … But so far no Ebola cases have been confirmed in Benin, Health…

Progress Made In Delivering Aid To Syria, But Global Community Must Do More To Alleviate Humanitarian Suffering, End Violence, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Syria: humanitarian efforts falling short, U.N. relief chief warns, calling for end to violence “While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top…

Overweight, Obesity Responsible For Nearly 0.5M Cancer Cases In 2012, WHO Reports

Reuters: Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says “…In a study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said high body mass index (BMI) has now become a major cancer risk factor, responsible for some…

UNAIDS Report Sets ‘Ambitious Targets,’ Focuses On Reducing New HIV Infections

Center for Global Development’s “Views from the Center”: World AIDS Day 2014: UNAIDS Shifts Its Emphasis toward Reducing New Infections CGD Senior Fellow Mead Over discusses an annual report by UNAIDS that “for the first time focus[es] more on the need to reduce new [HIV] infections than on treatment expansion.…

U.S. General Notes Improvement In Liberian Ebola Outbreak; U.N. Will Miss Containment Goal In Sierra Leone; Mali Records Another Case, Up To 8

Reuters reports on aspects of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali. Reuters: ‘Dramatic improvement’ in Ebola outlook in Liberia: U.S. general “A U.S. general in the force helping Liberia fight the Ebola epidemic reported on Monday a dramatic improvement in the situation there and confirmed the cancellation…