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U.N. Appeals For More Aid To CAR, South Sudan

In two articles, the U.N. News Centre reports on the U.N.’s request for more aid to Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan as the refugee crisis worsens in and around each country. U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: amid ongoing violence, U.N. rights expert calls for more aid “A…

Providing HIV Treatment To Children Remains Difficult In Kenya

Inter Press Service: Many Kenyan Children Miss Out on Life-Saving Drugs “Thanks to antiretroviral drugs, HIV-positive children can now live to adulthood. Yet a significant number of children living with HIV in Kenya will die due to delay in receiving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), inconsistent use of ARVs or, simply, no…

Humanitarian Efforts In Syria Need Ongoing Support

Two articles examine the humanitarian situation in Syria, focusing on polio vaccination efforts and the need for continuing support for the provision of basic humanitarian needs. New York Times: Polio Vaccination Effort in Syria Appears to Have Some Effect “The first polio outbreak in Syria in 14 years, which caused…

Timor-Leste Launches National Campaign For Universal Access To Food

U.N. News Centre: Timor-Leste becomes first Asia-Pacific country to launch U.N.’s Zero Hunger Challenge “Timor-Leste, Asia-Pacific’s youngest country, today became the region’s first to launch a national campaign under the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, which seeks to ensure universal access to food in the face of looming threats such…

Experts Recommend Expanding AIDS Paradigm To Fit In Post-2015 Agenda

Devex: Fitting AIDS into the post-2015 agenda “Ongoing negotiations on a new global development framework have raised fears that existing targets may be forgotten — and gains lost — once the Millennium Development Goals expire at the end of 2015. This is why world leaders appear to be honing in…

Number Of Smokers Increased Worldwide, With China Leading, Study Shows

News outlets examine the results of a new study released by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, titled “Smoking Prevalence and Cigarette Consumption in 187 Countries, 1980-2012.” Results show that China, in particular, has seen a rise in its number of smokers. U.S. News & World…

WHO Reports 7 New H7N9 Cases In China

The WHO on Thursday reported seven additional cases of H7N9 avian influenza in China. Reuters: WHO says China has seven more cases of new H7N9 bird flu “Seven more people in China have been found to be infected with a potentially deadly new strain of bird flu in the past…

Canadian Who Died Of H5N1 Was Young, Otherwise Healthy Woman, WHO Reports

News outlets continue to report on North America’s first H5N1 case, with the WHO confirming the fatality and releasing additional information on the victim. CIDRAP News: Exposure source in Canadian H5N1 case a mystery “It remained unclear today how the victim of the first H5N1 avian influenza infection in North…

U.N. Warns Of Worsening Humanitarian Situation In Two Unstable Iraqi Cities

IRIN: Iraq fighting slows aid to the displaced “The U.N. is warning of a ‘critical humanitarian situation’ that is only ‘likely to worsen’ following sustained fighting among Islamic insurgents, tribal groups and government forces in the Iraqi province of Anbar that has displaced at least 5,000 families. Aid agencies are…