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Disaster Risk Reduction Meeting To Address Health, Food Security, Intergovernmental Cooperation

Devex: Reducing disaster risk for better health Rick Brennan, director of emergency risk management and humanitarian response at WHO “…The [World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction] comes 10 years after governments adopted the Hyogo Framework for Action, which was a comprehensive guide to reducing disaster risk. On March 14, governments…

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Ebola Death Toll Surpasses 10,000, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: Ebola death toll passes 10,000: WHO “The global death toll from the Ebola outbreak centered in West Africa has topped 10,000 out of more than 24,000 recorded cases, the World Health Organization said Thursday…” (3/12). Associated Press: U.N. tally of Ebola deaths passes 10,000, most in West Africa…

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14M Children At Risk In Syria; More Funding Needed For Humanitarian Efforts, UNICEF, Aid Groups Say

News outlets report on a statement released by UNICEF and a report published by 21 humanitarian agencies on children at risk in war-torn Syria. Deutsche Welle: UNICEF warns whole generations of Middle East children are at risk “About 14 million children across the Middle East are suffering from the escalating…

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WHO, WFP To Collaborate To Reach Zero Ebola Cases In West Africa

U.N. News Centre: Two U.N. agencies combine expertise in new partnership to reach zero Ebola cases “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) [Wednesday] announced they are combining their expertise in public health and logistics in a new partnership to bring the Ebola outbreak…

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Ebola Epidemic Could End By Summer If Funding, Efforts Are Sustained, WHO Official Says

New York Times: Ebola Outbreak Could Be Ended by Summer, U.N. Says “The Ebola outbreak that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives over the past 15 months could be halted by the summer, but only if international financial support is sustained, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday…” (Cumming-Bruce, 3/11). Reuters:…

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Participants At U.N. Session Hear Global Impacts Of Unsafe Reproductive Health Practices

Inter Press Service: U.N. Audience Shocked by Sexual Health, Abortion Statistics “Audible gasps echoed through the United Nations’ Trusteeship Council chamber on Tuesday, with audiences told the grim impacts of unsafe reproductive practices on women worldwide…” (Butler, 3/12).

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Disaster-Risk Reduction ‘Lies At The Nexus Of’ Development Assistance, Humanitarian Aid

Project Syndicate: A Global Strategy for Disaster Risk Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary-general “…It is time to stop addressing development and humanitarian emergencies separately. Disaster-risk reduction lies at the nexus of development assistance, which seeks to advance better living conditions, and humanitarian aid, which begins after a disaster hits. Starting our…

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Ketamine Is ‘Essential Medicine,’ Should Not Be Restricted Under U.N. Conventions

Global Health Hub: Ketamine is an essential medicine: an update from the frontline Jason Nickerson, a clinical scientist with the Bruyère Research Institute, discusses a Chinese proposal to the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs to place “restrictive controls” on ketamine, an anesthetic used in many low-resource settings. He writes, “…While…

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2.5M Lives Saved Since 2010 Under U.N.’s Every Woman Every Child Partnership

Reuters: Child and maternal deaths tumble, East Africa leads the way: U.N. “Maternal and child death rates fell in every one of the poorest 49 countries in the world between 2010 and 2013, largely as a result of a U.N. initiative launched in 2010, the world body said on Tuesday…”…

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WHO Announces Formation Of Independent Panel To Assess Agency’s Ebola Response

Associated Press: WHO creates independent panel to assess its Ebola response “The World Health Organization says it has created a panel of independent experts to assess its response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak in history. … The panel will be chaired by Barbara Stocking, a former chief executive of Oxfam…

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