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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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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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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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7 Things You Should Know About Universal Health Coverage

May 2014 RockefellerFoundation;  This year’s World Bank Spring Meeting featured a blockbuster event on health entitled, Toward Universal Health Coverage by 2030, featuring United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, World Bank President Jim Kim, Harvard Professor Lawrence Summers; Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan, and …

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Is It Time to End the Nigeria Aid Charade?

May 2014 TheCentreforGlogalDevelopment; Following its recent 90 percent GDP adjustment, Nigeria is now a solidly middle-income country. With an income per capita of $2,700, it now stands alongside countries like the Philippines and Morocco. Not exactly a rich country per se, but with a GDP of roughly $500 billion, it’s …

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NIGER: Dust and wind linked to ‘meningitis belt’ outbreaks

May 2014 SciDevNet; The prevalence of atmospheric dust and certain wind conditions could signify impending meningitis outbreaks in the ‘meningitis belt’ in Sub-Saharan Africa that stretches from Senegal to Ethiopia, according to a study.   Researchers mapped seasonal outbreaks based on data collected from 1986 to 2006 for 38 districts …

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