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U.N. Agencies Scale Up Health Care Responses In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: Amid massive displacement, U.N. agencies move to combat spread of communicable diseases “United Nations relief agencies and their partners working amid the ongoing turmoil and massive population displacement in Iraq are scaling up their health care responses, with a major polio vaccination campaign in Baghdad, and…

Heavy Rains Present Challenges For Food Transport In South Sudan

U.N. News Centre: Heavy rains, ongoing violence push South Sudan towards ‘hunger catastrophe,’ warns U.N. agency “Already working hard to get supplies to people in South Sudan cut off by flooded roads, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) [Friday] warned that the rains, as well as the ongoing fighting,…

UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Concludes 34th Meeting

UNAIDS: UNAIDS Board calls for ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 This press release from UNAIDS discusses the recently concluded 34th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, noting the “UNAIDS Executive Director’s report to the board, and the board’s decisions from the meeting can…

MDG Results ‘Mixed,’ U.N. Women Head Says In Interview

Xinhua/Shanghai Daily: Interview: U.N. Women chief calls MDG progress a “mixed bag” “As the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline is drawing near, the executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, categorized the international community’s progress as a…

U.N. Recommends Actions To Reduce Food Waste

U.N. News Centre: U.N. expert panel urges collective action to reduce global food losses, waste “A newly issued United Nations-backed expert panel report takes a close look at where and how food waste occurs and recommends a number of actions that could help reduce the 1.3 billion tons of food…

Canada Faces Challenges In Efforts To Eradicate TB, Experts Say

Globe and Mail: WHO’s goal to eradicate tuberculosis draws attention to Canadian challenges “The World Health Organization is ramping up its efforts to wipe out tuberculosis in countries with low rates of active TB by setting a goal of eradicating the disease by 2050 in 33 countries, including Canada. Meeting…

Food Rations Cut For 800,000 Refugees In Africa, U.N. Says

News outlets report on cuts to food rations for 800,000 refugees in Africa due to a lack of funding. Reuters: African refugees face cuts in rations as funding runs low: U.N. “African refugees who have fled wars or persecution face cuts in their daily rations because of a $225 million…

Reports Highlight Threat Of Foodborne Illnesses

News outlets highlight two new reports, one from the CDC and another from the U.N., that discuss the threats from foodborne illnesses, including those resistant to antibiotics. HealthDay News: Antibiotic Resistance Among Foodborne-Illness Germs a Mixed Bag: CDC “There’s good news and bad news about antibiotic resistance among the germs…

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