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U.N., U.S., NGO Health Agencies Launch Action Plan Against TB In Children

“The deaths of more than 74,000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first action plan developed specifically on TB and children, which was launched [Tuesday] by the United Nations health agency in Washington, D.C.,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The ‘Roadmap for…

U.N. Shifts To Long-Term Humanitarian, Structural Aid Approach In Syria

“The United Nations is shifting its aid effort for Syria to prepare for long-term help to neighboring countries to cope with the humanitarian crisis, the head of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “Over half of [Syria’s] 20 million people need aid and around two million…

October 2013 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The October issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial on the inclusion of health rights in the post-2015 development agenda, a public health news roundup, a systematic review of the prevalence of dementia and cognitive impairment among older people in sub-Saharan Africa, and a perspective piece on the development…

U.N.-Backed Report Says Countries Not Prepared For Growing Aging Population

“The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study … issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group,” the Associated Press/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. “The report ranks the social and economic well-being of…

Global Leaders Urge U.N. Member States To Include UHC In Post-2015 Development Agenda

“An emerging movement of global leaders of government, civil society and finance is urging United Nations member states … to include universal health coverage (UHC) in the next round of global goals for economic development, just as similar reforms take root in the U.S.,” where enrollment opens on Tuesday “for…

Donor Funding For HIV/AIDS ‘Essentially Remained Flat Since 2008,’ Devex Reports

“[A] joint report from UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals donor contributions to HIV and AIDS have essentially remained flat since 2008,” Devex reports. “The report also notes that total HIV and AIDS commitments among major donor countries decreased in 2012 — governments pledged to provide $8.8 billion in…

Rep. Lee Reflects On Her Attendance At U.N. General Assembly

In a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) reflects on her attendance at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. “Every year since the early days of the United Nations, two representatives have been sent from Congress to participate in the U.N. General Assembly,” she notes,…

Eliminating Violence Against Women Must Be Included As Development Goal, Leaders Say

“Violence against women and girls is so pervasive that the next set of United Nations development objectives must include it as a priority when the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] expire in 2015, panelists at a U.N. ministerial meeting on gender violence and the post-2015 agenda said on Wednesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation…

Leaders At U.N. Adopt Outcome Document On MDGs

“World leaders meeting at United Nations Headquarters today agreed to take bolder action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease, and called for a summit to take place in 2015 to adopt the next set of anti-poverty goals, which will heavily focus on achieving sustainable development,” the U.N. News Centre reports.…