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WFP Head Says Funding Short For Food Emergencies In Pakistan, North Korea

“Hunger in Pakistan is at emergency levels after years of conflict and floods, but funding has dwindled as new crises such as Syria grab donors’ attention, the United Nations food aid chief said on Sunday,” Reuters reports. “[A]bout half of Pakistan’s population still does not have secure access to enough…

One In 3 Women Experience Sexual, Physical Violence, WHO Report Says

“One in three women experience sexual or physical violence — most likely from their intimate partner, according to a report from the [WHO],” CNN reports (Park, 6/20). “The report, ‘Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence,’ represents…

Reports Highlight Economic Impact Of Child Malnutrition In Uganda, Egypt

“Uganda loses about $899 million a year due to effects of malnutrition such as lost productivity, according to a report,” titled “The Cost of Hunger in Africa,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Ruitenberg, 6/18). “The study was conducted by the Government of Uganda with the support of the African Union Commission including…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Address WHO Report On Violence Against Women

According to a new report from the WHO, published in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council, 35 percent of women worldwide are victims of sexual or physical violence. The following opinion piece and editorial address the report’s findings. The…

WHO Calls For Tighter Controls On Marketing Of Unhealthy Foods To Children

“The marketing of unhealthy foods to children has proven ‘disastrously effective,’ driving obesity by using cheap social media channels to promote fat-, salt- and sugar-laden foods, the [WHO’s] Europe office said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. The WHO “called for tighter controls on such marketing, saying tougher regulations were crucial to…

Place Women At Center Of Global Development Agenda

“It’s time for women to move from the sidelines to the center” of the global development agenda, and “we must build on the achievements of the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] while avoiding their shortcomings,” Lakshmi Puri, U.N. assistant-secretary general and acting head of U.N. Women, writes in the Huffington Post’s…

WHO Releases Guidelines For Use Of Bedaquiline For MDR-TB

“The [WHO’s] release this week of interim policy guidelines on the use of bedaquiline for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis [MDR-TB] offers hope to patients and their physicians running out of options to treat the disease, but the document also highlights the need for more research, selective use, and vigilant roll out…

World Population Expected To Reach 9.6B By 2050, U.N. Report Says

“The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by one billion over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050, according to a United Nations report launched today, which points out that growth will be mainly in developing countries, with more than half in Africa,”…

U.N. Releases Annual Report On Children, Armed Conflict

In its annual report on children and armed conflict, the U.N. “says thousands of children have been killed, injured, tortured or recruited into militias and armies in the past year as a result of armed conflicts,” noting “progress in some states, but a worsening situation in others, such as Mali,…