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Low HIV and Aids rates saw west Africa ‘miss out on health investment’

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 30 October 2014

In most parts of Africa, health systems have been strengthened by aid funding toward focused on reducing HIV prevalence. West Africa however missed out on much of this significant health investment over the past decade or more because of the regions low rates of HIV.

Malala Yousafzai gives $50,000 to reconstruction of Gaza schools

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 30 October 2014

Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to helping the children of gaza who have suffered from conflicts and war. The Nobel peace prize winner says money will go through UN agency and help rebuild 65 schools in Palestinian territory ensuring children can get a quality education and continue their lives.

Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues

Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters on 30 October 2014

A study released on wednesday analysing the first Ebola cases in Sierria Leone is the first time substantial data has been collected on Ebola patients. This report has drawn a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body.

Explosion in wealth inequality needs urgent plan of action, says Oxfam

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 30 October 2014

“Inequality is one of the defining problems of our age" says Mark Goldring, Oxfam’s chief executive. In a new report, Oxfam said that inequality has been significently increasing between 2009 and 2014 - a period in which many countries suffered deep recession, rising unemployment, welfare cuts and falling real incomes.

Nairobi’s female slum dwellers march for sanitation and land rights

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 30 October 2014

About 100 female residents of Mukuru, an informal settlement in south-east Nairobi, travelled across town to wave signs and sing songs to protest against the slow government response to their legal action for improved sanitation and land rights.

Resilience for food and nutrition security

Posted by CID sourced from IFPRI on 29 October 2014

Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security is a publication that brings together a series of informative briefs from the 2020 conference held early in 2014. The resource touches on the frequency of shocks, why some communities are more resilient than others, and what works to build resilience, among other topics.

Strengthening policy coherence for development in Switzerland: The case of Food Security

Posted by CID sourced from ECDPM on 29 October 2014

This is a discussion paper, commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, discusses how policy coherence is needed to ensure food security, in particular, the authors touch on action across a wide range of policies at different levels of governance.

Professionals say TPPA risks climate and health protection

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 29 October 2014

The New Zealand Climate and Health Council warns that negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) threaten New Zealand’s ability to protect our climate and health.

Solomon Islands’ record on women’s rights to face scrutiny

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 29 October 2014

The record of the Solomon Islands on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Education must be protected from the forces of privatization

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 29 October 2014

“Education is not a privilege of the rich and well to do; it is an inalienable right of every child,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education "calls again for all Governments to meet their basic obligation to provide free, high quality primary education for all".

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