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WHO Calls For Renewed Focus On Vector-Borne Diseases

Media sources report on WHO’s call for renewed focus on vector-borne disease control for World Health Day 2014, recognized on April 7. VOA News: Global Threat of Vector-borne Diseases Grows “The United Nations and international agencies are warning more than half the world’s population is at risk from the growing…

Ban Urges African Leaders To Fund Malaria Eradication Efforts

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief, in Brussels, urges scaled-up investment in fight against malaria “Highlighting the critical importance of keeping investments in health high on the international development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged African decision-makers today to fund programs for the eradication of malaria…” (4/3).

Devex Interviews Leader In Campaign To End FGM

Devex: ‘Nothing can stop’ fight against female genital mutilation — advocacy group “More than 125 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation worldwide, and another 30 million are at risk of being cut over the next decade — yet few interventions have focused on stopping the practice, and…

Blogs Discuss Challenges, Progress Made In NTD Efforts

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect” blog highlights an event that took place in Paris on Wednesday where global leaders convened to discuss progress made in NTD efforts. The event “coincided with the release of a new report highlighting gains over the past two years ……

World Health Day 2014 Focuses On Vector-Borne Diseases

Huffington Post: World Health Day Peter Hotez, president of Sabin Vaccine Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital endowed chair in tropical pediatrics, and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine “This year on World Health Day — Monday, April 7 — the World Health Organization (WHO) is emphasizing the prevention and…

Experts Urge Framing Of Climate Change As Food Security, Health Issue

News outlets continue to examine a new report from the U.N.-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Guardian: Frame climate change as a food issue, experts say “Reframing climate change as a food issue as the world’s leading scientists did this week could provide an opportunity to mobilize people, experts…

Guinea, Neighboring Countries Work To Contain Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ABC News: Ebola, Crossing Borders in Africa, Could Land in U.S. “An Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 78 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., health officials warned today…” (Moisse, 4/1).…

U.N. Official Urges Donor Community To Scale Up Cholera Response In Haiti

U.N. News Centre: Haiti: Senior U.N. official urges donor community to ramp up efforts to tackle cholera “The United Nations official tasked with coordinating the response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti says the country is not receiving the international attention it deserves, and is calling on the donor community…

U.N. Women Head Discusses Women’s Rights Work

Huffington Post: U.N. Women Rep Pushes Equality In this video segment of HuffPost Live, “U.N. Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri … joins us to discuss her work, the recent Commission on the Status of Women agreement, and what remains to be done for women worldwide…” (Modarressy-Tehrani, 4/1).

Climate Change To Increase Risk Of Conflict, Natural Disaster, Hunger, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss a new report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that says climate change will adversely affect health, food security, and economic and political stability. Agence France-Presse: Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: U.N. “Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods…