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Earl Gregg Swem Library

WHO Statement on the Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee Regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Categories: Africa,Health/Medical

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2014/ebola-20140808/en/

Deems the West Africa ebola outbreak an extraordinary event and outlines steps to take for states with the outbreak or for those bordering on states with cases.  From the World Health Organization

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Frequently Asked Questions and Background

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43655.pdf

Provides information about the early August 2014 U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington and covers Africa’s development and economic challenges, U.S. aid to Africa, democracy and human rights issues, and peace/security issues. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Gap Report

Categories: Africa,Asia,Health/Medical,Latin America,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.unaids.org/en/media/unaids/contentassets/documents/unaidspublication/2014/UNAIDS_Gap_report_en.pdf

 

Estimates that 19 million people of the 35 million people living with HIV are unaware of their HIV-positive status. Offers regional snapshots of trouble areas, and portraits of the 12 populations who are at greatest risk of being left behind in the campaign to eradicate AIDs.  From UN Aids

 

Children and Armed Conflict [2013]: Report of the Secretary-General

Categories: Afghanistan,Africa,Children,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Syria,United Nations

http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=a/68/878

Covers 23 conflict situations mostly in Africa and the Middle East, and mistreatment of children by seven national armies and 50 armed groups.  From the United Nations

 

International Food Security Assessment, 2014-2024

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/ersDownloadHandler.ashx?file=/media/1499869/gfa25_final-0626.pdf

Surveys the status of food insecurity in 76 low- and-middle-income countries.  Projects the number of food-insecure people to fall 9% from 2013 to 2014 with Sub-Saharan Africa projected to remain the most food-insecure area.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing, and Ivory Trade

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Headlines,United Nations

http://www.cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/com/sc/65/E-SC65-42-01.pdf

Warns that poaching rates for African elephants continue to far exceed the natural elephant population growth rates, resulting in a further decline in the elephant population.  Identifies African poverty, weak governance, and the demand for ivory in consuming states as the major reasons for the illegal killing.  From the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

 

Progress in Combating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): U.S. and Global Efforts from FY2006 to FY2015

Categories: Africa,Asia,Health/Medical,Latin America

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42931.pdf

Discusses the nature and prevalence of NTDs such as dengue fever, U.S. and global actions to reduce the incidence, and actions that Congress might consider.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

 

Laws Criminalizing Apostasy in Selected Jurisdictions

Categories: Africa,Asia,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/apostasy/apostasy.pdf

Surveys the apostasy laws in 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia.  From the Law Library of Congress

 

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