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Health officials briefed on Ebola and chikungunya during 53rd PAHO Directing Council

Delegates to the 53rd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) were briefed today on the Ebola in West Africa and chikungunya in the Americas, both rapidly spreading epidemics that show the importance of public health preparedness and response.

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Climate Change Analysis Strengthens Early Warning of Food Insecurity

As populations grow and agricultural seasons shift, insights into historical climate patterns are helping forecast future conditions with increasing accuracy and geographical precision.

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Feed the Future Researchers Fight Back as Climate Change Exacerbates Crop Contamination

Aspergillus flavus (A. flavus) is a fungus that attacks corn and other plants and can contaminate the grain from these crops with a potentially lethal toxin called aflatoxin. Aflatoxin at low, chronic levels can cause stunted growth and impair immunity; at higher levels it can cause liver cancer or even death in humans and animals that ingest it. Once harvested, poor storage conditions of contaminated grains can lead to more aflatoxin accumulation, making the grain even more toxic and unfit to be sold on the market.

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Building Resilience to Climate Change through Irrigation Development

Agriculture is the cornerstone of rural livelihoods in the developing world, and irrigated agriculture contributes to rural economic growth and food security through more reliable water supplies in the face of low and unevenly distributed rainfall. In partner countries around the world, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is supporting irrigated agriculture, ensuring that farmers have access to the water they need to grow crops and earn income.

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United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security holds ninth consultative meeting in New York on 29 September



On 29 September 2014, the United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security held its ninth consultative meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly. The United Nations Secretariat and African Union Commission were represented by senior officials from the two organizations.

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Africa Year of Agriculture and Food Security

The African Development Bank Group’s commemoration of the Africa Year of Agriculture and Food Security, on September 29, 2014 in Abidjan held its promises. The meeting comes at a time when the continent is fast becoming an investor destination of choice and agriculture is at the centre of conversations about ensuring that prosperity experienced in an increasing number of African countries becomes inclusive.

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La nutrition, l’affaire de tous


Dans sa stratégie « Nutrition dans les pays en développement » de 2010, la France s’engageait à mettre en place un « portefeuille d’actions agissant en synergie sur les causes immédiates, sous-jacentes et fondamentales» de la sous-nutrition. Ce document d’orientation stratégique (le « DOS Nutrition ») tirait ainsi les leçons de décennies de recherche internationale, en faisant de la multisectorialité la clé de voute de la lutte contre la sous-nutrition, mais sans pour autant en donner véritablement le mode d’emploi ni les outils nécessaires à sa mise en œuvre.

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Niveau record des déplacements forcés : il faut repenser le système mondial de financement de l'aide humanitaire

Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés António Guterres a alerté aujourd'hui sur le fait que le système humanitaire mondial était dangereusement mis à mal par les nouvelles crises au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique et par les conflits prolongés non résolus en Afghanistan, République démocratique du Congo, Somalie et ailleurs.

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Laboratory Guidance for the Diagnosis of Ebola Virus Disease - Interim Recommendations

These recommendations reflect current understanding of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and are intended for national laboratory staff performing diagnostic testing to detect Ebola virus. WHO continues to monitor the situation closely for any changes that may affect these recommendations. Should any factors change, WHO will issue a further update. These recommendations are not intended for laboratories performing patient care and management testing such as biochemistry and haematology.

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Health authorities agree on the need to ensure that health is at the center of the post-2015 development agenda

Washington, DC, October 1, 2014 (PAHO/WHO) - Health authorities of the Americas agreed today on the need to ensure that health is at the center of the sustainable development agenda following 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by countries within the United Nations expire.

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UN chief urges more action to tackle displacement; recalls youth as a refugee

GENEVA, October 1 (UNHCR) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on countries around the world to do more to prevent forced displacement, address its root causes and support solutions for those affected by it at a time of multiple crises.

"This requires greater resources and more political leadership. It also requires unprecedented cooperation by the international community," added Ban Ki-moon, who was addressing the annual meeting in Geneva of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee (ExCom).

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Ocean Experts Call for Greater Local Government Role in Fight Against Marine Waste

Fresh Strategies to tackle Pollution, Plastics and Climate Impacts to be Included in New Plan to Manage the World's Seas.

Athens, 1 October 2014 - Leading scientists and policymakers meeting in Athens this week acknowledged that marine litter remained a "tremendous challenge" in almost all regions of the world, with significant socio-economic consequences and clear impacts on marine ecosystems.

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Ebola Virus Disease: Waste Management Guidance

A guidance note on how to handle infected waste and apply waste treatment control measures in the fight against ebola transmission.

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Can natural disasters precipitate peace? Research brief – August 2014

This brief considers the prospects for natural disasters to provide windows of opportunity for achieving peace via negotiated settlements, drawing on case studies of Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

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Les pays en développement devraient recruter leurs étudiants en médecine et en soins infirmiers dans les régions rurales –L'épidémie du virus Ébola en Afrique occidentale est aggravée par la pénurie de personnel de la santé

AVIS AUX LECTEURS: Le Bulletin de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé a été créé par elle pour être un forum permettant aux experts de la santé publique de publier leurs observations, d’exprimer leurs opinions et d’inciter un plus large public à réfléchir sur les questions essentielles de santé publique dans l'actualité. Par conséquent, les opinions exprimées par les auteurs dans ces pages ne représentent pas nécessairement celles de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé.

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FAO urges Europe to support nutrition and sustainable farming

Director-General addresses informal meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Milan

30 September, 2014, Milan - European governments must help combat hunger and malnutrition on a global level, as failure to do so will only boost migration flows and stoke conflicts, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

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Global AgeWatch Index 2014, Insight report

Mauritius highest ranked African Country, Norway tops the list, Latin America leads pension revolution, life expectancy continues to rise, a third of countries trail significantly behind top performers

Today (1 October 2014), the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, HelpAge International is launching the Global AgeWatch Index 2014 ranking 96 countries according to the social and economic wellbeing of older people.

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“We cannot afford to leave behind hundreds of millions of older persons,” says UN rights expert

UN International Day of Older Persons

GENEVA (1st October 2014) – The new United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, calls on all States to ensure that the concerns of older persons are reflected in the post-2015 development agenda in a cross-cutting manner.

On occasion of the 24th UN International Day of Older Persons, Ms. Kornfeld-Matte urges Governments around the world to promote full inclusion of older persons in society by combatting ageism, age discrimination and stigmatization.

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Price Watch September 2014 Prices

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in August, with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.