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Much Progress Made On MDGs But Challenges Remain, U.N.’s Final Assessment Shows

News outlets report on the U.N.’s final assessment of the Millennium Development Goals. The Guardian: U.N.: 15-year push ends extreme poverty for a billion people “The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have driven ‘the most successful anti-poverty movement in history’ and brought more than a billion people out of extreme penury,…

U.N.’s Ban Highlights Civil Society’s Growing Role In Responding To Humanitarian Crises

U.N. News Centre: At Oslo forum, Ban warns capacity to meet humanitarian needs under ‘unprecedented strain’ “The capacity of the United Nations and its partners to meet humanitarian needs is under ‘unprecedented strain,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned [Monday] at a forum in Oslo, Norway, where he highlighted the critical role…

Oral Vaccine, WASH Efforts Effective Tools To Control Cholera Outbreaks

Healthline News: Cholera Risk Remains High Today, but Vaccine Can Control Epidemic “In spite of an estimated three million to five million cases of cholera each year in the world, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) are confident this potentially deadly disease can be controlled. The fight against cholera…

Increasing Tobacco Taxes Can Help Curb Global Epidemic, WHO Report Says

VOA News: WHO: Raising Taxes on Tobacco Can Save Lives “The World Health Organization is calling for governments to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. A new WHO report presents strong evidence that increasing taxes is one of the best ways to help curb the global tobacco epidemic…”…

More Than 34M Children Saved Since 2000 At Cost Of About $4K Each, Report Shows

The Guardian: Investment in child health in world’s poorest countries saves 34m lives “More than 34 million children’s lives have been saved in the last 15 years at a cost, in the poorest countries, of about $4,000 (£2,500) each, say experts who have compiled a scorecard of donor and government…

U.N. Continues Humanitarian Aid Delivery To Yemen Despite Security, Other Challenges

U.N. News Centre: Yemen: despite major obstacles and insecurity, U.N. continuing to deliver aid to displaced “The United Nations is working to deliver humanitarian aid in war-torn Yemen despite widespread insecurity, port delays, and severe restrictions on access, several of the organization’s agencies and partners confirmed [Friday], citing efforts to…