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U.N. Discusses Levy On Oil From Africa To Fund Health Efforts

News outlets report on the U.N.’s proposed funding mechanism to use a levy on oil to fight disease in developing countries. Agence France-Presse: U.N. eyes Africa oil levy to fight disease “The United Nations has begun talks with African leaders over a levy on oil that could rake in huge…

World Health Assembly Opens; WHO DG Launches Commission On Childhood Obesity

News outlets report on the opening of the World Health Assembly and the launch of a new WHO initiative focused on childhood obesity. Devex: Will NCDs gain traction at the World Health Assembly? “The 67th World Health Assembly is happening this week in Geneva, and one of the key issues…

Better Care At Birth Can Save 3M Children, Lancet Series Says

Media outlets report on findings released in a series of papers published in The Lancet and supported by UNICEF on maternal and newborn health. Agence France-Presse: Better care can save 3 mn babies, mothers per year “The lives of three million women and babies can be saved every year by…

Syrian Health Workers Struggle With Ethics, Lack Of Facilities In War-Torn Country

Inter Press Service: Syrian Doctors Grapple With Medical Emergency and Ethics “As once-eliminated diseases resurface and barrel bombs and alleged chlorine attacks target civilians, doctors in rebel-held areas and across the border struggle with issues of how best to serve their profession. Up to 70 percent of Syria’s health workers…

Empowerment Of Women Can Be ‘Global Game-Changer’

Inter Press Service: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It! Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women “…A billion women will enter the world economy in the next decade. With equal opportunities, their impact on our future prosperity will be a global game-changer. We can and must turn this picture to…

Melinda Gates Works To Improve Newborn Survival With Low-Tech Approaches

Wall Street Journal: Melinda Gates Works to Curb Newborn Deaths “…[Melinda Gates,] the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is promoting some low-tech approaches as part of a push to improve the survival of newborns, a problem she said has been neglected. In a speech Tuesday at the…

Crisis In South Sudan Needs Immediate Attention, U.N. Official Says

The Guardian: South Sudan crisis among gravest in history, says U.N. “The crisis engulfing South Sudan is greater than those endured by Darfur or the Central African Republic, according to a senior U.N. diplomat who says the world urgently needs to donate at least another $500m (£298m) if the country’s…

Number Of HIV Cases Rising Among MSM In Vietnam

Thomson Reuters Foundation: HIV rising among men having sex with men in Vietnam “Long overshadowed by the government’s attention to other at-risk groups, Vietnam is failing to stem HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM), a group that is hidden due to social stigma…” (Kimmons, 5/16).