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WHO AFRO Nominates Agency Veteran Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti As Next Regional Director

News outlets report the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) on Wednesday nominated Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, a physician from Botswana, as the agency’s next Regional Director for Africa. Agence France-Presse: WHO appoints new Africa chief after Ebola criticism “The Africa arm of the World Health Organization — which has been…

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World Must Prepare For Aging Population, WHO, Lancet Say

Media sources report on calls from the WHO to prepare for a global aging population and the publication of a series in The Lancet on the issue. The Lancet: Series on Aging “This Series on Aging highlights a neglected area in the health sector and in social and economic-policy development.…

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U.N. Human Rights Panels Issue Joint Statement On Prevention, Elimination Of Harmful Practices On Women, Girls

U.N. News Centre: U.N. rights panels outline States’ obligation to prevent harmful practices on women, girls “For the first time, two United Nations human rights committees have joined forces to issue a comprehensive interpretation of the obligations of states to prevent and eliminate harmful practices inflicted on women and girls,…

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U.N. Refugee Agency Launches Campaign To Eliminate Statelessness

Associated Press: U.N. refugee agency moves to wipe out statelessness “The U.N. refugee agency launched an ambitious campaign Tuesday to wipe out statelessness in the next decade with the goal of preventing millions from spending their entire lives without legal documentation. The goal is to focus attention on people who…

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Global Humanitarian System Reaching Limits In Dealing With Crises Worldwide, U.N. Refugee Head Says

U.N. News Centre: Humanitarian system ‘scrambling’ to meet skyrocketing needs, warns U.N. refugee agency chief “The global humanitarian system has reached its limits in dealing with the upward trend in forced displacement due to mounting pressures from conflicts and persecution around the world, the head of the United Nations refugee…

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Sudan Denies Peacekeepers Access To Darfur To Investigate Mass Rape Report

Reuters: Sudan denies U.N. access in Darfur to look into mass rape report “Sudanese troops denied U.N. and African Union peacekeepers access to a town in the country’s western Darfur region to investigate reports of an alleged mass rape of some 200 women and girls, the United Nations said on…

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U.N. Campaign To Address ‘Hidden’ Issue Of Statelessness

The Guardian: Statelessness is an evil that has been hidden for too long Hélène Lambert, professor of international law at the University of Westminster in London “[Tuesday], the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) launched its campaign to end statelessness by 2024 … This is an ambitious task, almost bold, yet feasible…

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World Bank, U.N. Officials Say Mixed Progress On Ebola In West Africa, But Improvements No Reason To Let Down Guard

News outlets report on comments from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Anthony Banbury, head of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), about mixed progress on Ebola in West Africa. Reuters: World Bank chief sees mixed progress in West Africa Ebola battle “The World Bank’s president on…

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Ebola Quarantines In Sierra Leone Hindering Food Security

Associated Press: Thousands break Ebola quarantine to find food “…Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes. The government, with help from the U.N.’s World Food Programme,…

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Humanitarian Agencies Adopt New Strategies For Ebola Efforts

IRIN: Aid agencies adapt to Ebola challenge “From using Bitcoins to fundraise, to adopting new strategies to prevent malaria victims appearing to be Ebola cases, to working with new partners — aid agencies in West Africa are learning to adapt fast…” (11/4).

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