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WHO, UNICEF Launch Largest-Ever Polio Vaccination Campaign In Middle East

“The U.N. has launched the largest-ever polio vaccination campaign in the Middle East, aiming to immunize more than 20 million children in seven countries amid an outbreak of the crippling virus in war-torn Syria, officials said on Friday,” Agence France-Presse reports (11/8). “The mass vaccination against polio, which can spread…

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U.S., International Community Respond To Humanitarian Emergency In Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“The United States rushed assistance to the Philippines after a typhoon killed at least 10,000 people and will provide additional aid if it is needed, President Barack Obama said on Sunday,” Reuters reports (Mohammed/Stewart, 11/10). “The Obama administration made an initial $100,000 available Saturday [through USAID] to provide basic health…

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UNAIDS ‘Expresses Deep Gratitude’ To Ambassador Goosby For Work On HIV/AIDS

In a press release, UNAIDS “expresses deep gratitude to Ambassador Eric Goosby for his outstanding work on the AIDS response as United States Global AIDS Coordinator and head of the Department of State’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy.” Goosby resigned his position on November 1, the press release notes, adding,…

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U.N. Foundation Official Releases Statement Regarding Award For Frontline Polio Workers

A United Nations Foundation press release highlights a statement released Tuesday by Ambassador John Lange, a senior fellow for global health diplomacy at the foundation, regarding “the announcement that the United Nations Association of the USA will honor frontline polio workers at its Global Leadership Dinner in New York City.”…

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Media Outlets Report On Lawsuit Seeking Reparations From U.N. For Haitian Cholera Outbreak

CBS News examines the cholera epidemic in Haiti and “an unprecedented lawsuit” against the U.N., whose peacekeepers are suspected of bringing the disease to the country following the 2010 earthquake. However, “[t]he U.N. said it has legal immunity and will not accept claims for compensation,” according to the news service,…

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CRIEnglish.com Examines Sexual, Reproductive Health Among Chinese Adolescents

CRIEnglish.com reports on the Forum on Adolescent Pregnancy, held in Beijing on October 31, “to discuss challenges facing Chinese youth regarding sexual and reproductive health.” Noting the recent release of the UNFPA’s 2013 State of World Population Report, which discussed the challenge of motherhood in childhood, the news service features…

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Opinion Pieces Address UNFPA Report On ‘Motherhood In Childhood’

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the 2013 State of World Population report, titled “Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy,” released by UNFPA last week. Babatunde Osotimehin, Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog: UNFPA Executive Director Osotimehin examines the issue of adolescent pregnancy, noting,…

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Promote Women’s Rights, Punish Perpetrators To End Sexual Violence

“The story of sexual violence in conflict is as old as war itself. It knows no boundaries — location, ethnicity, religion, or age,” U.N. Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin and Zainab Bangura, a U.N. under-secretary-general and the special representative of the U.N. secretary-general on sexual violence in conflict,…

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New Report Urges Shift In Focus For FAO; Official Rejects Report’s Conclusions

“A report by leading academics calls for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to change the way it operates and shift to a greater focus on ‘global public goods’ such as data and analysis, though some of its findings are rejected by a senior FAO official,” IRIN reports. “The report…

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WHO Reports 2 New Confirmed Cases Of H7N9 In China

“The [WHO] said Wednesday that China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission has notified it of two new laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus,” RTT News reports. “The U.N. health agency said in a statement that one of the new patients was a three-year-old boy…

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