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KENYA:Two Million Children Face Chronic Malnutrition

May 2014 TheStar;  CHILD malnutrition is among the biggest threats to Vision 2030 and Kenya’s achievement of the millennium development goals, an global nutrition advocay group has said. Scaling up Nutrition Alliance said two million children under five years in Kenya are facing chronic malnutrition and stunted growth. It said …

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SUDAN:Juba, Khartoum Sign Health Cooperation Agreement

May 2014 SudanTribute; Sudan’s health minister, Bahar Idriss Abu Garda, and his South Sudanese counterpart, Riek Gai Kok, have signed a health cooperation agreement between the two countries. Abu Garda, who received Kok and his accompanying delegation on Thursday, praised the spirit of brotherhood and cooperation which dominated the bilateral …

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World on brink of post-antibiotic era – WHO

May 2014 Health-e;  “Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” said Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security. The report draws on data …

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Foreclosures may raise neighbors’ blood pressure, study finds

May 2014 WashingtonPost; The stress of living near a foreclosed home may increase a person’s chances of developing high blood pressure, according to research published Monday in an American Heart Association journal called Circulation. While foreclosures are known to drag down the values of neighboring properties, the new research suggests …

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Maternity protection makes headway amid vast global gaps

May 2014 ILO; Most countries have adopted maternity protection provisions since 1919, when the ILO adopted the first Maternity Protection Convention, yet at least 830 million women workers still don’t have adequate protection, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report. In its report, Maternity and Paternity at …

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