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U.N. Calls For Increased Efforts To Stop Potential Famine In South Sudan

News agencies report on the worsening food crisis in South Sudan, as the United Nations calls for increased donor efforts to fight potential famine. Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms “Top U.N. aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming…

Indonesian Health Minister Questions UNAIDS Gap Report

The Jakarta Post: Indonesia questions new UNAIDS report “Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has strongly questioned the validity of a Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) GAP Report released in Geneva on July 16, which categorized Indonesia as a country of concern given its increase in HIV new infections,…

Forced Sterilization Mistakenly Believed To Stop HIV Transmission

The Guardian: Women with HIV fight crushing injustice of forcible sterilization “…Speaking at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, [South African human rights activist Sthembiso] Mthembu said global action was needed to stop women being forced into the procedure [of sterilization], in the mistaken belief it stopped HIV transmission. ……

Affordable Hepatitis C Medicine Can Cut Number Of New Infections

Financial Times: Global push can bring remedies within reach of all who need them Stefan Wiktor, team leader of the WHO’s global hepatitis program, and Gottfried Hirnschall, director of WHO’s HIV department “We are witnessing a remarkable transformation in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV). Intensive research is…

New Development Goals Should Be ‘Discrete, Quantitative, Achievable’

Wall Street Journal: Smart Aid for the World’s Poor Matt Ridley, member of the British House of Lords and author “…The lesson, surely, from this first round of setting development goals is the need to be even more ruthlessly selective next time. A list of eight goals is too long…

U.N. Relief Agencies Defy Syrian Blockade, Send Aid Supplies Across Turkish Border

New York Times: Defying Syria, United Nations Sends in Trucks Carrying Aid “Empowered by the Security Council to defy what United Nations officials have called an arbitrary aid blockade imposed by the warring parties in Syria, United Nations relief agencies for the first time sent a convoy of trucks carrying…

Chagas Disease Gains Traction Among Immigrants In U.S.

The Atlantic: Northern Virginia: ‘Ground Zero’ for Kissing Bug Disease “…The number of people with Chagas disease just outside the nation’s capital is small — about two dozen cases, according to interviews with local physicians — but doctors and experts say they wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers were higher.…

U.N. Calls For ‘Zero Tolerance’ On Child Marriage, FGM

Inter Press Service reports from the Girl Summit in London, where the United Nations has called for an end to child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). Inter Press Service: Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High “As Tuesday’s major summits here and in London focused global attention…

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