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Fighting In Somali City Kills At Least 71 People, Wounds More Than 300, WHO Says

“At least 71 people have been killed and more than 300 wounded in ongoing fighting between rival militias in the Somali city of Kismayo, the World Health Organization said Thursday,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (7/4). “The city ‘remains a volatile area,’ the organization said in a statement, ‘with observed…

U.N. Appeals For Additional Humanitarian Aid For Sahel Region

“The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says $1 billion is still required for emergency needs in Africa’s Sahel region, which stretches from Senegal in the west to Chad in the east,” VOA News reports. “To date, humanitarian agencies say they have received only about one-third of…

UNAIDS, Lancet Commission Addresses AIDS Response, Global Health Issues

“Strategic challenges for the future of the AIDS response and global health were discussed at the first meeting of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: From AIDS to Sustainable Health, which was held in Lilongwe, Malawi, from June 28-29, 2013,” a UNAIDS press release reports. “Three main issues were debated during…

U.N.-Organized Meeting On Food Security In Africa Held In Addis Ababa

“More than 150 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the farming industry met over the weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to establish partnerships to guarantee food security in Africa during a United Nations-organized meeting,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “We hope that this meeting will help us to…

Anti-Smoking Policies Could Prevent Millions Of Premature Deaths, WHO Study Says

“Anti-smoking measures including higher taxes on tobacco products, bans on adverts and controls on lighting up in public places could prevent tens of millions of premature deaths across the world, researchers said on Monday,” Reuters reports. “Similar steps taken by Turkey, Romania and 39 other countries between 2007 and 2010…

International Cooperation, Action Necessary To End Violence Against Women

Noting several different U.N. actions taken recently condemning violence against women, including a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted last week “devoted to the issue of sexual violence in armed conflict,” Lakshmi Puri, acting head of U.N. Women and U.N. assistant secretary general, writes in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” that…

New WHO HIV Treatment Guidelines Could Prevent 3.5M New Infections By 2025

“Doctors could save three million more lives worldwide by 2025 if they offer AIDS drugs to people with HIV much sooner after they test positive for the virus, the [WHO] said on Sunday,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 6/30). “Recent evidence indicates that earlier [antiretroviral therapy (ART)] will help people with HIV…