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Nearly Half Of Girls In South Asia Marry By Age 18

Associated Press: UNICEF: 46 percent of South Asia girls marry by 18 “Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a UNICEF report released Thursday…” (Olson, 9/11).

Global Food Prices Drop To 4-Year Low, FAO Reports

News outlets report on a drop in global food prices recorded by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Bloomberg News: Food Prices Drop to 4-Year Low on Tumbling Milk to Oils “Food prices fell to the lowest in almost four years in August as costs of milk, cheese, and cooking…

Global Burden Of Disease Data Show Ending AIDS Epidemic Possible

The Lancet: MDG 6 and beyond: from halting and reversing AIDS to ending the epidemic Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director; Mark Dybul, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria executive director; and Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and U.S. global AIDS coordinator “…Overall, [the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME)…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding West African Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Washington Post: The world yawns as Ebola takes hold in West Africa Richard Besser, chief health editor at ABC News “…There’s no cure for Ebola, but supportive treatment as simple as supplementary fluids can save lives and…

CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett Speaks About Ebola Outbreak

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “NewPublicHealth”: The Ebola Response: Q&A with Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations “NewPublicHealth” interviews Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa (9/9).

U.N. Humanitarian Chief Allocates $4M To Support Ebola Operations In West Africa

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. relief chief allocates $4 million to bolster aid deliveries in West Africa “To help offset disruptions in aid delivery caused by travel restrictions on Ebola-affected countries, the top United Nations relief official today approved an emergency allocation of nearly $4 million for the U.N. Humanitarian…

Indonesia Must Plug $30M Funding Gap To Address HIV, U.N. Official Says

Reuters: Indonesia’s new president must fill funding gap in HIV fight — U.N. “Indonesia, one of only three countries in the Asia-Pacific region that is seeing a trend of increased HIV infections, must plug a $30 million funding gap in its fight against HIV, a U.N. health official said on…

Guardian Panel Discusses Funding Food Aid To N. Korea

The Guardian: Should the world fund food aid to North Korea? “Pyongyang presses on with its nuclear program and prestige projects while millions remain malnourished. Our expert panel asks whether donations are the best response…” (9/10).

SDGs Must Contain Clear Goals, Practical Targets

New York Times: How to Prioritize U.N. Goals Abhijit Banerjee, international professor of economics at MIT, and Varad Pande, sustainability science fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School “…What is needed now is a clear, concise set of objectives [for the Sustainable Development Goals]. Without them, the entire project is in…

Ban Appoints Deputy U.N. Ebola Coordinator, Will Convene High-Level Meeting On Outbreak

News outlets report on U.N. efforts to address the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. U.N. News Centre: Ebola: Ban to convene high-level meeting at U.N. headquarters to scale-up crisis response “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene leaders gathering in New York for the upcoming high-level segment of this year’s United…

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