After touring flood-hit areas in Pakistan on Tuesday, the executive directors of UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP) appealed for more flood relief aid, VOA News reports (Maroney, 8/31).
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WHO Proposes Creation Of African Public Health Emergency Fund, Strategy To Reduce Alcohol Use In Africa
During the 60th session of the Africa Committee of the WHO on Monday, Luis Sambo, regional director of the WHO for Africa, proposed the creation of a public health emergency fund to provide financial support to African countries in emergency situations, Agencia AngolaPress reports (8/30).
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Congolese Community Leaders Warned U.N. About Security; 240 RapeÂ Victims Now Identified “Congolese community leaders say they begged local U.N. officials and army commanders to protect villagers days before rebels gang-raped scores of people, from a month-old baby boy to a 110-year-old great-great-grandmother,” the Associated Press reports. The Walikale Civil Association…
Vice President Joe Biden and British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently said the U.S. and Britain would provide “‘sustained long-term’ support to Pakistani flood victims,” Agence France-Presse reports.
The U.N. on Friday launched an appeal for $2 billion in flood relief for Pakistan, Bloomberg reports. The request is the “largest appeal for humanitarian relief ever made by the world body,” the news service writes (Varner, 9/17).
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TIME Examines Status Of Child Health In India; Rights GroupÂ CriticizesÂ Delhi’s Figures On Maternal MortalityÂ TIME examines India’s progress on improving child health, which has been “particularly slowÂ â€“ and lopsided.” The article states: “Despite its drastic economic advances in the last two decades, India still accounts for 20% of the world’s…
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American Health Workers Now Await Trial In ZimbabweÂ Today, a Zimbabwean court released on bail four American citizens whoÂ were jailed and accused of dispensing AIDS drugs without proper licenses last week, theÂ Associated Press reports. Six “health care workers,” Â includingÂ a Zimbabwean and New Zealand national, were ordered to pay $200 bail,…
USAID, Transparency International Sign Agreement To ‘Ensure Transparency’ Funds To Pakistan USAID and Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) signed an agreement Wednesday to “ensure transparency and prevention of corruption in the utilisation of [a] $7.5 billion grant to be provided to Pakistan under the Kerry Lugar Bill,” according to Daily Times.…
Lancet Editorial Makes Recommendations For Health-System Strengthening “There is strong consensus in the global health community, among donors, recipient countries, and policy makers, about the need for health system strengthening in low-income and middle-income countries,” write the authors of a Lancet Comment. The article recommends areas in health-system strengthening that…
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday asked former President Bill Clinton, currently the U.N. special envoy for Haiti, to oversee aid and rebuilding efforts in Haiti, CNN reports (2/3).