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WHO Activates New Cholera Vaccine Stockpile In South Sudan

Reuters: Q&A with WHO: Cholera vaccine stockpile — a new tool to avoid needless suffering “The World Health Organization (WHO) has activated for the first time a new cholera vaccine emergency stockpile to protect hundreds of thousands displaced by conflict in South Sudan and living in temporary camps. Although there…

Aid Cuts To Uganda Will Not Affect Maternal, Child Health Program, Official Says

News outlets continue to report on reaction to and implications of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law. Associated Press/Washington Post: Aid cuts, delays hit Uganda’s poor health sector “The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said…

Malaria Cases Decline But Many Still At Risk

News outlets report on continued efforts to eliminate malaria in Asia and Africa. While the number of deaths due to malaria declines, many are still at risk of the disease. IRIN: Malaria fight sees decade of progress, with pitfalls ahead “A lot can change in a decade … the field…

Most Southern African Countries Will Miss MDG Targets For Water, Sanitation, Report Says

News outlets highlight a new report (.pdf) from WaterAid examining Southern African countries’ progress on water and sanitation goals. The Guardian: Southern African leaders fail to prioritize water and sanitation “The majority of Southern Africans are living in an ‘unrelenting struggle against sanitation and water poverty,’ according to a new…

UNICEF Educates Somaliland Communities About Harms Of FGM

Associated Press: Somaliland leaders want female genitals to be cut “…UNICEF is weaving a delicate campaign to educate communities in Somaliland about the harms of female genital mutilation and to get leaders, who are meeting there this month to debate the practice, to denounce it. Child rights advocates in nearly…

IRIN Investigates Food Security Situation In Zimbabwe

IRIN: Unraveling Zimbabwe’s ‘food crisis’ “Is there a food crisis in Zimbabwe? The U.N. says 2.2 million people will be in need of food assistance until the end of March, based on a 2013 government-led joint survey by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC). But the government is now questioning…

Food Crisis Set To Worsen In CAR, U.N. Official Warns

News outlets discuss the challenges that U.N. agencies face in delivering food to conflict-torn Central African Republic. Agence France-Presse: Food crisis looms in strife-torn Central Africa: U.N. “A food crisis is looming in the Central African Republic after nearly a year of inter-religious violence, a U.N. humanitarian official warned Sunday…”…

New York Times Examines Foreign Policy, Diplomacy Surrounding Gay Rights

New York Times: Antigay Laws Gain Global Attention; Countering Them Remains Challenge “…The issue of gay rights has catapulted up the diplomatic agenda in recent years, as international organizations have extended rights protections to gays and lesbians and donor nations have faced new challenges in dealing with governments that discriminate…”…

Near East, North Africa Governments Conclude FAO Regional Conference

“Governments from the Near East and North Africa [on Friday] wrapped up a five-day meeting on regional food security challenges pledging enhanced cooperation to tackle the critical issues of water management, food waste and building more resilient rural communities. In a final report, the 32nd FAO regional conference for the…