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Long-Term Impact Of Food Vouchers ‘Remains To Be Seen’

The Economist: Giving generously “…Last year, the WFP helped to feed over 90 million people in 80 different countries. But the way it distributes food relief has been changing. … Economists now see the next great challenge for the international community as reducing the negative consequences of malnutrition rather than…

New York Times Examines Foreign Policy, Diplomacy Surrounding Gay Rights

New York Times: Antigay Laws Gain Global Attention; Countering Them Remains Challenge “…The issue of gay rights has catapulted up the diplomatic agenda in recent years, as international organizations have extended rights protections to gays and lesbians and donor nations have faced new challenges in dealing with governments that discriminate…”…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Discusses WHO Consolidated Guidelines Supplement on HIV

The Center for Global Health Policy “Science Speaks” blog discusses the WHO launch of the March 2014 Supplement to the 2013 Consolidated Guidelines on the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection. The supplement provides “responses to the guidelines to date … highlights trends to help countries…

Near East, North Africa Governments Conclude FAO Regional Conference

“Governments from the Near East and North Africa [on Friday] wrapped up a five-day meeting on regional food security challenges pledging enhanced cooperation to tackle the critical issues of water management, food waste and building more resilient rural communities. In a final report, the 32nd FAO regional conference for the…

Humanitarian Crisis In Syria Poses Challenges For Aid Groups

News outlets report on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and how the U.S. and the international community are responding. Associated Press: U.N. chief: 20 years after Rwanda, Syria shameful “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that 20 years after the Rwanda genocide the international community’s collective failure to prevent…

Conflict Linked To Water Management, Food Security

News outlets examine the links between conflict and water management, and between conflict and food security. IIP Digital: Effective Water Management Can Prevent Conflict, USAID Says “Countries with unreliable supplies of water are more vulnerable to conflict, according to a new report from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).…

Violence Grips South Sudan; Aid Groups Struggle To Provide Assistance

News outlets report on continuing violence in South Sudan, where humanitarian aid groups are struggling to provide assistance amid the destruction of hospitals and other facilities. Associated Press/ABC News: Scenes of Death in South Sudan: ‘No Humanity Here’ “…Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both government and rebel forces are…

U.N. To Recognize March 1 As ‘Zero Discrimination Day’

U.N. News Centre: Ahead of Zero Discrimination Day, U.N. agency appeals for tolerance, dignity for all “‘Zero Discrimination Day,’ to be marked on 1 March, is a worldwide call to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to a full life with dignity — no matter what they look like, where they…

‘Greater Attention’ Needed For Adolescent Girls’ Reproductive Health

The Lancet: Every newborn, every mother, every adolescent girl “With the launch of a new report by Save the Children this week, the momentum to achieve substantial reductions in neonatal mortality is accelerating. … One area of dedicated and targeted intervention, although mentioned in passing in the report, deserves more attention.…

Health Systems Struggle To Keep Pace With Niger’s Progress In Reducing Child Deaths

IRIN: Niger’s ‘remarkable’ progress in reducing child deaths “Niger has made remarkable progress in cutting under-five mortality over the past decade, and it looks set to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing infant mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. But high maternal mortality, skyrocketing population growth, and low…

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