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Facing $1B Funding Shortfall, WFP Scales Back Projects In Some Countries

News outlets report on funding shortages at the World Food Programme, which are causing the U.N. organization to scale back operations in some countries. Agence France-Presse/South China Morning Post: U.N. World Food Programme scales back projects to feed the hungry “The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling back projects…

WHO Warns Number Of Cancer Cases Increasing Rapidly Worldwide

On World Cancer Day, news outlets report on the findings of the WHO’s World Cancer Report 2014 which say that cancer cases could hit 22 million a year within the next two decades. BBC News: Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO “The globe is facing a ‘tidal wave’ of…

A.U. Summit Ends With Commitment To Ending Hunger By 2025

The African Union Summit ended on Saturday with a commitment to ending hunger on the continent by 2025, media outlets report. U.N. News Centre: U.N. agricultural agency hails ‘historic’ new commitment to end hunger in Africa by 2025 “The head of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has…

U.N., Humanitarian Groups Ask International Community To Step Up Aid Efforts In Syria

News outlets report on calls from the U.N. and humanitarian groups for stepped up efforts in Syria and refugee camps resulting from the conflict. The Guardian: Humanitarian groups demand action to alleviate suffering of Syrians “The heads of seven of the world’s largest humanitarian and human rights organization who are…

More Can Be Done To Help Children In Afghanistan

New York Times: Child Hunger in Afghanistan Werner Schultink, chief of nutrition at UNICEF Referring to a January 5 New York Times article on child nutrition in Afghanistan, Schultink writes, “Under the leadership of the Afghan government, last year UNICEF and partners treated some 185,000 children under five with acute…

Lancet Editor-In-Chief Urges Donors To Support Women’s, Children’s Health

The Lancet: Offline: Ban Ki-moon’s global health initiative in jeopardy Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet “An important element of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s flagship Every Woman, Every Child initiative is under threat. That was the conclusion of last week’s stakeholder meeting on Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, held…

Humanitarian Groups Aim To Deliver Aid In Syria

News outlets report on the state of humanitarian aid in Syria, where conflict began nearly four years ago. Devex: Syrian breakthrough? Aid convoy expected in Homs “Following moderately successful diplomatic efforts in Switzerland over the weekend, the Syrian city of Homs is expected to receive on Monday its first convoy…

South Sudan Cease-Fire Deal Signed, But Aid Groups Continue To Face Challenges

News outlets report progress on a South Sudan cease-fire deal, but humanitarian groups continue to struggle to provide aid and health care. New York Times: South Sudan Cease-Fire Signed After More Than a Month of Fighting “The government of South Sudan and rebels loyal to the country’s ousted former vice…

U.N., Malawi Government Launch Initiative To Combat Childhood Stunting

Inter Press Service: U.N., Malawi Government Collaborate to Fight Against Childhood Malnutrition “The United Nations, working in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP), Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Malawi’s government in a series of relief operations, has launched another initiative to combat the effects of stunted child growth…

U.N. Urges Global Community To Continue Support For Unstable DRC

Agence France-Presse: U.N. urges world not to forget ‘crisis’ in eastern DR Congo “The United Nations on Friday called for continued support for the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, amid fears that aid efforts risked being overshadowed by the crises in Syria and the Central African Republic…” (1/25).

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