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U.N. Nutrition Report Calls For Increased Action To Address Stunting In Children

“A United Nations nutrition report [.pdf] released [Monday] shows that progress has been made in recent years in addressing stunting in children, and calls for increased efforts to accelerate a response to a condition that affects some 165 million children across the world,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The UNICEF…

U.N. Aid Agency Heads Appeal To World Leaders To End Syrian Violence

“World leaders must act urgently to break the diplomatic deadlock around Syria if they want to prevent the crisis from reaching a dangerous tipping point, the heads of the United Nations aid agencies said on Monday in a rare political appeal,” Reuters reports (Humphries, 4/15). In the statement, published as an…

un agReports Of H7N9 Cases, Deaths Continue From Across China

“Two more people have died in China from a new strain of bird flu, raising the death toll from the virus to 13, state media reported Sunday,” the Associated Press reports. “A total of 11 new cases were reported Sunday — including two in a central province that previously had…

U.N. Secretary General Calls For Renewed Focus On MDGs As Deadline Nears

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday “rallied the United Nations community in a Call to Action, capping off a week of activities to spur accelerated progress in the 1,000 days to the end of 2015 — the target date for achieving the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” the U.N.…

400 Scientists From 80 Countries Sign Scientific Declaration On Polio Eradication

“Around 400 scientists from 80 countries have come together to declare that polio could be wiped off the face of the Earth in five years if plans to eliminate both wild and vaccine-derived polioviruses are implemented,” SciDev.Net reports (Malhotra, 4/11). “The plan, launched [last week] by the Global Polio Eradication…

Gates Foundation’s Programs Complement New Global Plan To Prevent 2M Child Deaths

John Grove, a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gretchen Meller, a program officer at the foundation, write in the group’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “By addressing [pneumonia and diarrhea] together, the [Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD)]…

Research Suggests Number Of Dengue Cases Three Times Higher Than Current WHO Estimate

“Around 390 million people are infected each year with dengue fever — the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease — more than triple the current estimate by the World Health Organization, experts said on Sunday,” Reuters reports. The findings, published by researchers from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust in the…