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Afghanistan Faces Increasing Hunger Among Children, Aims To Boost Food Security

News outlets examine hunger and food insecurity in Afghanistan. New York Times: Afghanistan’s Worsening, and Baffling, Hunger Crisis “Afghan hospitals like Bost, in the capital of war-torn Helmand Province, have been registering significant increases in severe malnutrition among children. … Reasons for the increase remain uncertain, or in dispute. Most…

Two Reports Recognize Progress In Malaria Eradication, Call For Increased Funding

“Malaria eradication programs will fail in the face of rising drug resistance without increased funding in malaria research and development (R&D), according to two major reports published this month,” SciDev.net reports. “Over the next decade, malaria R&D will need as much as $8.3 billion to overcome increasing resistance of mosquitoes…

WHO Expert Panel On Innovation In Funding For R&D Faces Criticism

“A WHO expert panel set up to find new ways to fund health research for neglected diseases has defeated the purpose of the initiative by selecting less-ambitious rather than mold-breaking ideas, civil society groups have said,” SciDev.Net reports. “At a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month (December 3-5), the…

Forbes Interviews Chief Of HIV/AIDS Section At UNICEF’s New York Headquarters

In a recent interview with Forbes, Craig McClure, chief of the HIV/AIDS section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters, “discussed their latest report examining the progress being made in the response to HIV and AIDS for children.” The report “highlights key strategies to prevent HIV and to accelerate access to the…

U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Visits CAR To Assess Ongoing Violence, Next Steps

“The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations arrived Thursday in Central African Republic [CAR] in the highest profile American effort to date to quell the cycle of violence in this impoverished country that has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced at least 10 percent of the population,” the Associated Press…

Media Outlets Examine Food Security In Urban Areas

“According to the United Nations human settlements program, U.N. Habitat, … [b]y 2050, 60 percent of all Africans will be living in cities,” The Guardian reports in an article examining urban poverty and a program by the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) to address urban food security issues (Van Ark, 12/17).…

Humanitarian Situation Continues To Worsen In CAR; Food Security Deteriorating, FAO Says

“The humanitarian situation in the conflict-wracked Central African Republic (CAR) is deteriorating, with 450 people killed in the capital Bangui and 159,000 others driven from their homes in Bangui in the last week alone, United Nations agencies reported [Friday], as the largest airlift of emergency supplies since the violence erupted…

NPR Examines Efforts To Eradicate Polio In 2013

“The lowest number of polio cases ever recorded in the world was 223. And 2013 was on track for an even lower number, on the road to complete eradication of the virus,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports, adding, “But this was a year when polio pushed back. Hard.” The blog examines…

Aid Workers Warn Of Worsening Humanitarian Crisis In CAR

“Aid workers warned Thursday of a looming humanitarian crisis in the Central African capital as tens of thousands of residents desperate for protection slept rough near a French army base in Bangui,” Agence France-Presse reports. “But as some districts of the capital returned to a semblance of normality,” following the…