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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).

UNAIDS Addresses HIV Vaccine Research, LGBTI Human Rights

In two press releases, UNAIDS addresses HIV vaccine research and LGBTI human rights in the context of HIV. UNAIDS: On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, UNAIDS calls for scaled-up action to find a vaccine for HIV “On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day UNAIDS is urging for global efforts to be stepped up…

Global Life Expectancy Grows But Gaps Remain Between High-, Low-Income Nations

News outlets continue to cover the WHO’s report on global life expectancy. Reuters: Global life expectancy rises again, but new challenges loom “…Big advances in the battles against infectious diseases such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and polio have continued to extend life expectancy although other factors, such as people’s lifestyles,…

U.N. Highlights Role Of Families In Achieving Development Goals

U.N. News Centre: U.N. officials highlight role of families in achieving development, advancing better world “United Nations officials are using this year’s International Day of Families to highlight the vital role that these critical social units found in every society play in achieving globally agreed [upon] development goals and advancing…

WHO Expresses Concern Over MERS, Does Not Declare Global Health Emergency

News outlets report on the findings of a WHO panel that concluded the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) does not yet constitute a global health emergency, as well as other developments in the outbreak. Associated Press: WHO: MERS virus isn’t an emergency — yet “The spread of a puzzling respiratory…

World Sees Large Gains In Life Expectancy, WHO Report Says

Media outlets discuss the WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2014” report, which was released on Thursday. Bloomberg Businessweek: People Live Longer as Child Mortality Falls, Treatments Improve “Life expectancy around the world surged in the past two decades as the rate of child mortality declined in Africa and wealthier countries improved…

33.3M People Displaced By War In 2013, U.N. Reports

News outlets discuss a U.N.-backed report that reveals that 33.3 million people were displaced by war in 2013. Associated Press: U.N.: Wars internally displace 33.3 million in 2013 “A record 33.3 million people worldwide were displaced by conflict and violence inside their own nations in 2013, U.N. and Norwegian officials…

U.N. Global Compact Publishes Food, Agriculture Business Principles

Eco-Business.com: U.N. Global Compact launches six principles for sustainable food industry “The U.N. Global Compact on Tuesday unveiled a set of six Food and Agriculture Business (FAB) principles that will help food and agriculture businesses to operate in a more sustainable manner, embark on cross-sector collaborations, and develop more consistent…

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