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Accountability Lacking For Cholera Outbreak In Haiti

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, former Associated Press reporter Jonathan Katz recounts his experience in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake and during the October 2010 outbreak of cholera. In the piece, adapted from a book he authored, Katz describes his investigation into how and where cholera was introduced to…

CDC Releases Update On Polio Eradication Efforts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an update on its polio eradication efforts. “The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take…

WHO Presents ‘2012 In Review’ Photo Essay

“Key public health milestones were reached in 2012, including the end of polio transmission in India and meeting the Millennium Development Goal target on drinking water ahead of schedule,” the WHO reports in a summary of a “2012 In Review” photo essay. Among other accomplishments, “WHO published new statistics highlighting the growing problem…

WHO Recommends Switching To Injectable Polio Vaccine

“[T]his month the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, proposed a shift in [polio] vaccination strategy from oral vaccines to injected ones that may have to be administered in clinics,” Nature reports, adding, “The change is needed to mop up the last remaining pockets of polio, but experts say that it…

WHO Warns Of Dengue’s Spread, Says Progress Made Against NTDs In New Report

“Dengue is the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease and represents a ‘pandemic threat,’ infecting an estimated 50 million people across all continents, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. In a statement, the WHO said dengue “register[ed] a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the past 50 years,” and the…

IRIN Examines Global Food Situation For 2013

“IRIN — with the help of food experts, the most recent reports from [the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)] and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — reflects on the global food situation in 2012 and the outlook for 2013,” the news service reports. The article includes comments from representatives…

Two Global Campaigns Launched Focusing On Ending Hunger, Reducing Food Waste

“A coalition of 100 U.K. development charities and faith groups will on Wednesday launch [the If campaign,] a major campaign to lobby David Cameron, the prime minister, to use Britain’s presidency of the G8 to leverage action on ending global hunger,” the Guardian reports. “As well as more money for…

Urging U.N. To Collect, Report Data On Aging Population Affected By HIV

“Estimates suggest that by 2040, over nine million people with HIV will be 50 or older in sub-Saharan Africa, triple that of current data,” the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance writes in The Body. “Despite this, the 2012 UNAIDS report does not mention the aging of HIV,” and “[b]ecause it does not…