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UNICEF’s New Strategy Combines Development Theories, Humanitarian Crises-Type Responses

Devex: As U.S. interest wanes, UNICEF pivots strategy “…The new strategy merges development theories with humanitarian urgency. UNICEF plugs into existing institutions to build a long-term response, but utilizing the extra personnel, expertise, and funding that humanitarian crises require. Particularly in protracted crises, the approach offers a way to build something permanent, while also spending…More

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Children Make Up Most Of Rohingya Refugees, Lack Food, Water, Health Care, UNICEF Report Says

Associated Press: UNICEF: Rohingya Children Refugees Face ‘Hell On Earth’ “UNICEF says the children who make up most of the nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are seeing a ‘hell on earth’ in overcrowded, muddy, and squalid refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh…” (10/20). CBS News: “The magnitude of the challenge is…More

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Pollution Causes Estimated 9M Premature Deaths Annually, 1 In 6 Deaths Worldwide, Lancet…

CNN: Pollution linked to 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, study says “…In 2015, nearly one in six deaths, an estimated nine million worldwide, was related to pollution in some form — air, water, soil, chemical, or occupational pollution, according to a new report published Thursday in The Lancet…” (Scutti, 10/20). Deutsche Welle: Pollution killing…More

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Uganda Reports 1 Confirmed, 1 Probable Case Of Marburg Virus; WHO Working With Local Officials

Associated Press: Marburg hemorrhagic fever kills 1 person in Uganda “One Ugandan has died of Marburg, a highly infectious disease that, like Ebola, manifests as a viral hemorrhagic fever, Uganda’s health minister said Thursday. Tests on a 50-year-old woman who died Oct. 17 came back positive for Marburg, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told reporters…More

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Governments Endorse Plan To Address NCDs As Development Priority At WHO-Backed Conference

U.N. News Centre: Governments endorse U.N.-backed plan to tackle cancer, diabetes, and other deadly diseases “Global leaders have pledged to take bold action to reduce suffering from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which include the world’s leading killers — heart and lung diseases, cancers, and diabetes — the United Nations health agency has reported. Governments on Wednesday…More

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NPR, Harvard School Of Public Health Host Webcast Exploring Polio Eradication Efforts

NPR: Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio? “The world is incredibly close to wiping out polio. This year the number of polio cases has shrunk to fewer than a dozen. And those cases are in just two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan. … On Friday at 11 a.m

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Reuters Review Finds Significant Differences Between Draft, Published Versions Of IARC Report…

Reuters: In glyphosate review, WHO cancer agency edited out “non-carcinogenic” findings “…Documents seen by Reuters show how a draft of a key section of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) assessment of glyphosate — a report that has prompted international disputes and multi-million-dollar lawsuits — underwent significant changes and deletions before the report…More

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Illicit Financial Flows Must Be Stopped In Africa For Nations To Reach SDGs, Experts Say

Devex: Curbing illicit financial flows key to reaching SDGs in Africa “Curbing illicit financial flows out of Africa is a vital part of the domestic resource mobilization toward the Sustainable Development Goals, experts at the Pan African Conference on Illicit Financial Flows and Tax said last week in Nairobi. The continent is estimated to be…More

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Discrimination, Stigma Help Fuel HIV Incidence Increase In Russia, Eastern Europe

Deutsche Welle: Hate, discrimination lead to rise of HIV in Russia, experts say “Experts are shocked over the spread of HIV in Russia and Eastern Europe. The problem has reached epidemic proportions, despite the fact that methods for stopping the spread of the virus are well known…” (Esipov, 10/19).

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Ebola Survivors Experience Eye Complications, Including Cataracts Among Youth

New York Times: Ebola’s Legacy: Children With Cataracts “…Cataracts usually afflict the old, not the young, but doctors have been shocked to find them in Ebola survivors as young as five. And for reasons that no one understands, some of those children have the toughest, thickest cataracts that eye surgeons have encountered, along with scarring…More

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In Speech, Devex Interview, USAID Administrator Mark Green Outlines Priorities For Feed The…

Devex: USAID chief outlines vision for agriculture, food security “For U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green, investments in agriculture are something of a no brainer — in part because he has seen what it’s like for the U.S. to operate in countries without a clear strategy on agriculture and food security. … He…More

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In Blog Post, Former WFP Director Lists ‘Ingredients’ To End Global Hunger

Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Recipe for Creating Zero Hunger Ertharin Cousin, Payne distinguished lecturer at Stanford’s Spogli Institute, visiting fellow in their Center on Food Security, and distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, discusses the “ingredients” needed to end global hunger, including peace and stability, “sustainable and durable food systems (from fork to farm),…More

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Public Sector Should Incentivize Private Sector To Develop New Antibiotics, UNCTAD Official…

U.N. Conference on Trade and Development: Fighting the war on antibiotic resistance with new investment schemes — Q&A with Christoph Spennemann “With medical experts warning of a ‘post-antibiotic apocalypse,’ UNCTAD legal officer Christoph Spennemann explains why joint public-private investment is the missing weapon in the war against the spread of antibiotic resistance…” (10/20).

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U.S. Government Should Allow USAID To Join Puerto Rico Humanitarian Response Efforts

HuffPost: Let USAID Help Puerto Rico Ben Barer, journalist and former USAID employee “U.S. disaster relief agencies are struggling but failing to restore electricity, water, food, and medical care to 3.4 million citizens on Puerto Rico since two hurricanes hit last month. … The failure to allow USAID to join in rescue and relief operations…More

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