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Food Price Rise Will Affect ‘Millions,’ FAO Economist Says

Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on Friday “warned of a ‘worrying rise’ in food prices which will affect millions of people following unexpected shortfalls in major cereals owing to bad weather in 2010,” Agence France-Presse reports.

News Outlets Examine Reaction To WHO Plan To Contain Drug-Resistant Malaria

In follow-up coverage of the WHO’s announcement Wednesday of a plan to contain the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria, news outlets examined the scope of the problem, reactions to the plan and speculations by some of how the anticipated $175 million annual cost would be funded.

WHO, Roll Back Malaria Partnership Launch Initiative To Contain Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria

The WHO and Roll Back Malaria partnership (RBM) on Wednesday launched an initiative to “stop a form of drug-resistant malaria from spreading from Southeast Asia to Africa, where millions of lives could be at risk,” Reuters reports. “It would cost about $175 million a year to contain and prevent the global spread of the artemisinin-resistant parasite which first emerged along the Thai-Cambodian border in 2007, the United Nations agency said,” according to the news agency (Nebehay, 1/12).

Obama Briefly Highlights Foreign Policy Themes In State Of Union Address

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday “focused on jobs, budget trimming, and investment, but he also underscored foreign policy concerns and outlined an approach to international relations with ‘a new level of engagement,'” CBS News’ “Political Hotsheet” blog reports.

African First Ladies Gather To Discuss HIV/AIDS

On the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday, the General Assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) gathered to discuss the continent’s progress against HIV/AIDS, Walta Info reports.

Also In Global Health News: HIV, Health Insurance In India; Measles Immunization Drive In Liberia; U.S. Aid To Egypt; Expansion Of Ugandan Pharma; Funding Cuts To Non-Profit Offering HIV/AIDS Drugs In Africa

Health Officials To Press For National Insurance Policy For People Living With HIV/AIDS “India could soon see a national medical insurance policy for people living with HIV,” Times of India reports. Though HIV coverage is currently “excluded from all insurance policies available in the country … Union health ministry officials…

FAO Monthly Food Price Index Expected To Remain High

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) monthly food price index for January is expected to be at a similar level to the record highs measured in December’s index, Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist with the agency, said on Monday, Reuters reports. “FAO’s expectation is that the January index would be very close or slightly below December,” Abbassian said ahead of the release of FAO’s monthly food index, which is due to be published on February 3.