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GAPPD Presents Opportunity To Meld Global, Local Agendas

“Beyond integration across the two diseases, the [Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD) released by the WHO and UNICEF last week] is an opportunity to meld global and local agendas, giving national governments a comprehensive tool to determine the specific plans, investments, and partners needed…

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U.N., U.S. Offer Aid To Iran, Pakistan In Wake Of 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the remote south-east Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, with tremors felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East, BBC News reports (4/16). “According to media reports dozens of people were killed in both countries when the quake struck the border region,” and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “[v]oic[ed] sorrow over…

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H7N9 Virus Continues To Spread; International Research Team Traveling To China To Assist

“Two more people in China have died from a new strain of avian influenza, bringing to 16 the number of deaths from the H7N9 virus, and the government has warned that the number of infections could rise,” Reuters reports. “The latest victims were from the commercial capital of Shanghai, where the majority…

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Misconduct By Zimbabwe U.N. Official Might Have Worsened 2008 Cholera Outbreak, U.N. Tribunal Finds

South Africa’s Mail & Guardian examines the findings of a recent U.N. tribunal that found misconduct by the former head of the U.N. Development Programme office in Zimbabwe, which led to the 2009 wrongful dismissal of the head of the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs after he warned…

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U.N. Nutrition Report Calls For Increased Action To Address Stunting In Children

“A United Nations nutrition report [.pdf] released [Monday] shows that progress has been made in recent years in addressing stunting in children, and calls for increased efforts to accelerate a response to a condition that affects some 165 million children across the world,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The UNICEF…

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U.N. Aid Agency Heads Appeal To World Leaders To End Syrian Violence

“World leaders must act urgently to break the diplomatic deadlock around Syria if they want to prevent the crisis from reaching a dangerous tipping point, the heads of the United Nations aid agencies said on Monday in a rare political appeal,” Reuters reports (Humphries, 4/15). In the statement, published as an…

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un agReports Of H7N9 Cases, Deaths Continue From Across China

“Two more people have died in China from a new strain of bird flu, raising the death toll from the virus to 13, state media reported Sunday,” the Associated Press reports. “A total of 11 new cases were reported Sunday — including two in a central province that previously had…

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U.N. Secretary General Calls For Renewed Focus On MDGs As Deadline Nears

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday “rallied the United Nations community in a Call to Action, capping off a week of activities to spur accelerated progress in the 1,000 days to the end of 2015 — the target date for achieving the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” the U.N.…

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400 Scientists From 80 Countries Sign Scientific Declaration On Polio Eradication

“Around 400 scientists from 80 countries have come together to declare that polio could be wiped off the face of the Earth in five years if plans to eliminate both wild and vaccine-derived polioviruses are implemented,” SciDev.Net reports (Malhotra, 4/11). “The plan, launched [last week] by the Global Polio Eradication…

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WHO, UNICEF Launch Global Initiative Aimed At Preventing Childhood Deaths From Pneumonia, Diarrhea

“The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a global action initiative Friday to save up to two million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhea by the year of 2025,” Xinhua reports (4/12). “The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention…

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