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WHO urges global action to curtail consumption and health impacts of sugary drinks

Geneva: Taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay, says a new World Health Organization (WHO) report. Fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20% increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products, according to the report titled Fiscal policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). Reduced consumption of sugary drinks means lower intake of “free sugars” and calories overall, improved nutrition and fewer people…

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Ethiopia needs major health support to stop devastation from El Niño

4 December 2015—With Ethiopia in the grip of its worst drought in 30 years due to El Niño, the World Health Organization (WHO) deployed an emergency response team to support the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and partners in coordinating the health sector response across the country. Ethiopia has experienced two poor growing seasons in 2015. Due to delayed rains attributed to El Niño, Ethiopia’s main annual harvest saw a severe reduction in output, which has already put some 8.2 million people in urgent need of…

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