The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) on Friday said it would begin providing emergency food aid to 3.5 million people in North Korea, Reuters reports (Mackenzie, 4/29).
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A WHO team has visited the western region of Cote d’Ivoire to assess damage to the medical system and identify ways to improve access to care, following months of violence after the country’s presidential election last year, U.N. News Centre reports.
U.N. agencies have begun providing humanitarian assistance in the western region of Libya for the first time since civil unrest began in February, following an April 17 agreement between the organization and the Libyan government to allow a “humanitarian corridor,” Bloomberg reports (Varner, 4/19).
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Israel Signs Agreements With UNAIDS, WHO On Wednesday, Israel signed agreements with UNAIDS and the WHO to bolster the country’s response to global health issues, UNAIDS reports (4/13). “Within the framework of the [WHO] agreement, several joint teams from Israel’s health authorities, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) and…