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Two Global Campaigns Launched Focusing On Ending Hunger, Reducing Food Waste

“A coalition of 100 U.K. development charities and faith groups will on Wednesday launch [the If campaign,] a major campaign to lobby David Cameron, the prime minister, to use Britain’s presidency of the G8 to leverage action on ending global hunger,” the Guardian reports. “As well as more money for…

UNAIDS Presents Online Discussion On Post-2015 AIDS Agenda

The World We Want 2015 webpage is hosting an online discussion (eDiscussion), presented by UNAIDS as part of the Post-2015 Health Thematic Consultation and running from January 21 through February 3, according to the webpage. The eDiscussion — an “open and inclusive online discussion for individuals, and members of civil…

WHO Reports Significant Decrease In Measles Deaths Over Past Decade But Warns Large Outbreaks In Certain Regions Threaten Progress

“While the number of measles deaths around the world has significantly decreased over the past decade, large outbreaks in certain regions are jeopardizing progress, the United Nations health agency said [Thursday], adding that improved vaccination rates are critical to eliminate the disease,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Between 2000 and 2011, measles…

92% Of Voters Surveyed Favor U.S. Support Of WHO, Better World Campaign Poll Shows

A new poll (.pdf) released on Wednesday by the Better World Campaign (BWC) “found that 61 percent of voters see the WHO favorably and 92 percent say the United States should continue contributing money to the agency,” The Hill’s “Healthwatch” blog reports. “The BWC touted its figures and argued U.S. funding for…

IRIN Examines Global Food Situation For 2013

“IRIN — with the help of food experts, the most recent reports from [the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)] and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — reflects on the global food situation in 2012 and the outlook for 2013,” the news service reports. The article includes comments from representatives…

WHO Warns Of Dengue’s Spread, Says Progress Made Against NTDs In New Report

“Dengue is the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease and represents a ‘pandemic threat,’ infecting an estimated 50 million people across all continents, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. In a statement, the WHO said dengue “register[ed] a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the past 50 years,” and the…

WHO Recommends Switching To Injectable Polio Vaccine

“[T]his month the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, proposed a shift in [polio] vaccination strategy from oral vaccines to injected ones that may have to be administered in clinics,” Nature reports, adding, “The change is needed to mop up the last remaining pockets of polio, but experts say that it…

WHO Presents ‘2012 In Review’ Photo Essay

“Key public health milestones were reached in 2012, including the end of polio transmission in India and meeting the Millennium Development Goal target on drinking water ahead of schedule,” the WHO reports in a summary of a “2012 In Review” photo essay. Among other accomplishments, “WHO published new statistics highlighting the growing problem…

CDC Releases Update On Polio Eradication Efforts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an update on its polio eradication efforts. “The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take…