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Misunderstanding Of Sex Hinders Effective HIV Prevention Strategies, Experts Say

IRIN: Does the global HIV response understand sex? “Stigma, squeamishness, and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behavior, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards ‘sex positive’ approaches could enhance social acceptance and…

Awareness Should Be Raised On Climate Change’s Impact On Human Health, WHO Official Says

Deutsche Welle: Climate change’s health toll: ‘We can save millions of lives, even now’ “While the effects of climate change on the environment are gaining wide attention, there’s a lack of awareness about the impact on human health. The WHO’s Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum tells DW how both can be addressed…” (Rasper,…

Lack Of Global Response Contributing To Worsening Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the responses to and predictions for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Wall Street Journal: Ebola Virus Crisis Worsens for Lack of Global Help “…The rapid expansion of the Ebola epidemic sends a shrill wake-up call to the global health community and the governments that often…

WHO, U.S. Official Warn Ebola Outbreak Will Worsen, As Death Toll Reaches 1,550

News outlets report on the widening scope of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: U.S. official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse “A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak…

U.S., U.N. Pledge Additional Funding To Help African Nations Address Ebola

News outlets report on additional funding from the U.S. and U.N. to help nations in Africa address Ebola ABC News Radio: USAID Pledges Additional $5 Million to Combat Spread of Ebola “The U.S. Agency for International Development on Wednesday pledged an additional $5 million to help fight the continuing outbreak…

WHO Workshop Aims To Educate African Health Experts On Ebola

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N.-organized workshop aims to boost Africa’s defenses against deadly disease “A three-day workshop organized by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at strengthening Africa’s defenses against the Ebola outbreak is underway with health experts from Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia,…

Aid Groups Preparing To Deliver Food To West African Nations Affected By Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: Groups rush to avoid food crisis in Ebola-stricken areas “With food stocks running low in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, international organizations are preparing for a looming food crisis amid concerns that imports are being affected and farmers in areas quarantined will not be able to harvest…

U.N. Experts Call For Action On Climate-Related Health Risks At Global Conference

News outlets report on the WHO’s call for action on climate and health-related activities at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened Wednesday in Geneva. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Act now on climate change or face growing health risks – U.N. “Swift action to tackle climate change would…

Economists Criticize Proposed U.N. Development Goals

Financial Times: Proposals for U.N. development goal face criticism “Proposals for a new set of U.N. development goals, used to shape national and international policies for raising living standards, have been criticized by the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a think-tank founded by the Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg. A group of 32…

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