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WHO Hiring Process Needs Reforms

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Hiring Reform at WHO Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, discusses the hiring of the WHO’s regional directors and calls for the process to be reformed (10/15).

Handwashing Is Important Tool In Fight Against Ebola, UNICEF Says

Media sources report on Global Handwashing Day, recognized annually on October 15, and UNICEF’s spotlight on how the practice is an important tool in the fight against Ebola. U.N. News Centre: On World Day, U.N. spotlights handwashing as vital tool in fight against Ebola “As the world celebrates the seventh…

World Food Day Focuses On Family Farming

Inter Press Service: Family Farming — A Way of Life “It does not make the headlines, but 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and family farming will be center stage at this year’s World Food Day on Oct. 16 at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the…

Deutsche Welle Examines Malnutrition, Family Planning In Niger

Deutsche Welle: Niger’s malnourished children “In Niger, children with dusty blond hair are ubiquitous: It’s a sure sign of widespread malnourishment. Resources are scarce, while fertility rates are soaring. Yet family planning is an uphill struggle…” (Conrad, 10/15).

Opinion Pieces Discuss Food Security, Recognize World Food Day

The following opinions discuss various aspects of food security and recognize World Food Day, marked on October 16. CNN: Can we feed everyone? Evan Fraser, a Canada research chair at the University of Guelph, a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, and a fellow of the Pierre Elliot…

WHO Approves Measure Urging Nations To Raise Tobacco Taxes

Washington Times: U.N. approves increased global tobacco tax during secret session “The U.N.’s World Health Organization on Tuesday approved a measure [urging] countries around the world to sharply raise excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, a key step to what critics warn will be a push for a…

U.N. Considering New Entity To Tackle Global Nutrition Challenges, Devex Reports

Devex: A new U.N. body to combat global malnutrition? “The United Nations is considering setting up a new body to address global malnutrition as early as next month, Devex has learned. Tentatively called ‘U.N. Nutrition,’ the new entity will be headed by UNICEF and the World Food Programme, according to…