News Rounds: 40 aid groups warn of human costs in US budget battle, flu vaccine barely works in seniors, Sri Lanka bans foreign land sales and more |
Aid groups warn of human cost of sequester (Foreign Policy) – Forty international humanitarian organizations are warning that the impending arbitrary budget cuts known as the “sequester” will have dire consequences for people in crisis situations in the world’s most conflict-affected areas.
Flu vaccine barely worked in seniors (MSNBC) – The flu vaccine barely worked to protect elderly people this year, and it helped prevent illness in just 56 percent of adults and children overall, federal health officials said Thursday.
Sri Lanka bans land sales to foreigners (VOA) – Sri Lanka has decided to ban land sales to foreigners after finding that some offshore investors did not use land and property purchases to benefit the nation’s economy, the government spokesman said on Thursday.
UN refuses to pay cholera claims (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Thursday it would not pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation claimed by cholera victims in impoverished Haiti, where an epidemic has killed thousands of people and been blamed on U.N. peacekeepers.
Agricultural research must support local innovation (SciDev) – New approaches to agricultural research and development (R&D) that support local innovation are needed in order to tackle global poverty, say agriculture experts.
Major Audit Urges Devolution of U.S. AIDS Programme (Inter Press) – A major audit of the United States’ flagship global anti-HIV/AIDS programme, prepared for the U.S. Congress, notes “remarkable progress” over the past decade. However, it is also warning of insufficient monitoring and urging a stepped-up process of handing over greater control to partner countries.
Polio in Pakistan highlights need for better approach (SciDev) — After half of the 58 cases of polio recorded in Pakistan during 2012 turned out to be of children who had received oral polio vaccine (OPV), health authorities have formally complained to the WHO concerning the quality of doses distributed by the UN body.