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Reports Highlight Economic Impact Of Child Malnutrition In Uganda, Egypt

“Uganda loses about $899 million a year due to effects of malnutrition such as lost productivity, according to a report,” titled “The Cost of Hunger in Africa,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Ruitenberg, 6/18). “The study was conducted by the Government of Uganda with the support of the African Union Commission including…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Address WHO Report On Violence Against Women

According to a new report from the WHO, published in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council, 35 percent of women worldwide are victims of sexual or physical violence. The following opinion piece and editorial address the report’s findings. The…

WHO Calls For Tighter Controls On Marketing Of Unhealthy Foods To Children

“The marketing of unhealthy foods to children has proven ‘disastrously effective,’ driving obesity by using cheap social media channels to promote fat-, salt- and sugar-laden foods, the [WHO’s] Europe office said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. The WHO “called for tighter controls on such marketing, saying tougher regulations were crucial to…

Place Women At Center Of Global Development Agenda

“It’s time for women to move from the sidelines to the center” of the global development agenda, and “we must build on the achievements of the [Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)] while avoiding their shortcomings,” Lakshmi Puri, U.N. assistant-secretary general and acting head of U.N. Women, writes in the Huffington Post’s…

WHO Releases Guidelines For Use Of Bedaquiline For MDR-TB

“The [WHO’s] release this week of interim policy guidelines on the use of bedaquiline for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis [MDR-TB] offers hope to patients and their physicians running out of options to treat the disease, but the document also highlights the need for more research, selective use, and vigilant roll out…

World Population Expected To Reach 9.6B By 2050, U.N. Report Says

“The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by one billion over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050, according to a United Nations report launched today, which points out that growth will be mainly in developing countries, with more than half in Africa,”…

U.N. Releases Annual Report On Children, Armed Conflict

In its annual report on children and armed conflict, the U.N. “says thousands of children have been killed, injured, tortured or recruited into militias and armies in the past year as a result of armed conflicts,” noting “progress in some states, but a worsening situation in others, such as Mali,…

WHO Should Take Leadership Role To Ensure Access To Health Care For LGBT Community

Noting the WHO “has led efforts to reduce health disparities for women, ethnic, racial and religious minorities, those with disabilities, and others who have struggled to attain the health care they need,” Nils Daulaire, assistant secretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, writes in…

WHO Recognizes World Blood Donor Day

The WHO recognizes June 14 as World Blood Donor Day, and the agency “is appealing for more voluntary blood donors to boost the supply of this life-saving product,” VOA News reports. The WHO “says the need for blood and blood products is increasing every year,” but “millions of patients requiring…

SciDev.Net Interviews Economist Sachs On Post-2015 Development Agenda

“With less than 1,000 days until the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire,” SciDev.Net interviews economist Jeffrey Sachs, special adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and director of the Earth Institute, about the post-2015 development agenda. According to the interview transcript, Sachs “tells SciDev.Net what the road to 2015 will…