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June 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The theme of the June 2014 WHO Bulletin is BRICS and global health. The issue includes several editorials, news stories, and research and policy papers on the topic (June 2014).

U.N., World Bank Leaders Urge World To Invest In MCH At Summit

News outlets report on the final day of the Saving Every Mother Every Child summit, held last week in Canada. Canadian Press/Huffington Post Canada: Maternal Health Summit: Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary General, Urges Canada To Boost Foreign Aid “The secretary general of the United Nations is calling on Canada to…

U.N. Calls For Higher Taxes On Tobacco

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency advocates for higher tobacco taxes to save millions of lives “Ahead of World No Tobacco Day, the United Nations health agency is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent other people from becoming addicted to tobacco…” (5/30).

U.N. Releases $1.8M In Humanitarian Aid To Solomon Islands

Solomon Star: U.N. releases $13.1m for flood relief work “The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$1.8 million (SBD 13.1 million) to provide critical humanitarian support to flood-affected people in the Solomon Islands. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Health Organization…

Scientists Urge WHO To Resist Classifying E-Cigarettes As Tobacco Products

News outlets report on a letter from more than 50 scientists urging the WHO to resist classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Agence France-Presse: Ahead of No Tobacco Day, doctors oppose ban on e-cigarettes “The e-cigarette was pushed center stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts…

WHO Again Delays Decision On Destroying Smallpox Stocks

Nature: WHO postpones decision on destruction of smallpox stocks — again “The stalemate continues over the question of when to destroy the last stocks of the virus that causes smallpox, a killer disease that was eradicated in 1980. One of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) two advisory committees on smallpox…

U.N. Welcomes First Africa-Wide Campaign To End Child Marriage

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agencies welcome African-led push to end child marriage “Two United Nations agencies today welcomed the first campaign by the African Union to end child marriage, a practice that robs over 17 million girls — one in three — across the continent of their youth…” (5/29).

Global Development Leaders Earn Spot On Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List

Devex: The most powerful women in global development “A newly released ranking of the world’s most powerful women not only includes politicians, celebrities, and CEOs. Global development leaders, human rights activists, and philanthropists also earned a coveted spot on Forbes’ annual list…” (Santos, 5/29).

WHO’s Vision Of Sustainable Development In Health ‘Prioritizes Disease’

The Lancet: Offline: WHO offers a new future for sustainable development Richard Horton, The Lancet editor-in-chief “…Does WHO see health negatively: preventing, controlling, and eliminating disease? Or does WHO view health more positively: achieving a healthy life and improved wellbeing? For billions of people, the first concept still remains overwhelmingly…

U.N. Launches Campaign To Improve Access To Toilets, End Open Defecation By 2025

News outlets report on the launch of a U.N. campaign to improve access to basic sanitation and end the practice of open defecation. Inter Press Service: U.N. Vows to Eliminate Open Defecation by 2025 “…[T]he United Nations Wednesday formally launched a global campaign to help improve access to toilets for…

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