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WHO Executive Board Meeting Discusses Global Initiative To Fund Research Of Diseases That Affect Developing Countries

“Hopes for a global convention aimed at kick starting research and development programs on diseases that particularly affect developing countries have been reignited after a meeting of the World Health Organization’s executive board,” BMJ reports. “A report [.pdf] commissioned by WHO and published last April recommended a convention that committed all countries to spending…

WFP Spokesperson Defends Agency’s Supply Of Food Aid To Syrian Opposition Areas

In a Google+ online discussion on Friday, World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Abeer Etefa “downplayed recent reports that not enough of [the agency's] Syrian food aid is going to people in opposition areas,” GlobalPost reports. “The panel discussion comes as new figures from the United Nations show that the WFP has only been able to…

High-Level Panel On Post-2015 Development Agenda Wraps Up Second Meeting

The U.N. Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda wrapped up its second meeting on Friday in Monrovia, Liberia, with British Prime Minister David Cameron, a co-chair of the panel, “say[ing] it is possible to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide within our generation,” Liberia’s The Inquirer reports. Cameron co-chairs the panel with…

Preventing Deaths Among Women Globally

In this audio report from United Nations Radio, Marleen Temmerman, head of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the WHO, talks to the U.N.’s Beng Poblete-Enriquez about preventable deaths among women globally. Temmerman discusses the need for family planning, safe motherhood, sexual education and prevention of unsafe abortion, among…

Ongoing Conflict Aggravating Health Of Syrians, WHO Warns

The WHO on Tuesday “warned that the ongoing conflict in Syria, which will soon enter its third year, will lead to a sharp spike in the number of people needing urgent aid, including food, clean water and vital medical services,” the U.N. News Centre reports (2/5). “Further aggravating the health of Syrians,…

WHO, WIPO, WTO Release Book On Intellectual Property And Access To Medical Technologies

“For the first time, the three global intergovernmental bodies dealing with health, intellectual property and trade have pooled their expertise on a study of policies needed to advance medical and health technologies and to ensure they reach the people who need them,” a WHO press release states. The book — released by the WHO,…

Africa, Middle East See Decline In Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, U.N. Data Show

“Changing attitudes have resulted in a decline in female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East, where the practice is most prevalent, according to United Nations data released on” the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, observed February 6, TrustLaw reports (Mollins, 2/6). According to a WHO press…

WHO-Sponsored Meeting Discusses Post-2015 Goals For Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) experts gathered in Geneva on Wednesday for a WHO-sponsored two-day meeting “to discuss a consensus on the appropriate post-2015 tuberculosis goals,” Nature reports. In the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, TB is named under Goal 6, with the objective of reducing global TB incidence, but “the tuberculosis community is itching to…

IPS Interviews UNFPA Director On U.N. Efforts To End Practice Of FGM/C

Noting the United Nations on Wednesday observed the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C), “an act that is shocking and inhumane to much of the world but remains a tradition among a significant minority,” Inter Press Service correspondent Marzieh Goudarzi interviews U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive…

Disruption Of Water, Sanitation Services Threaten Health In Syria; Conflict Causes Surge In Number Of Syrian Refugees

“The severe disruption of water and sanitation services and a lack of access to basic hygiene in Syria have increased the risk of waterborne diseases among children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) [warned Friday], following a nationwide assessment,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The agency found that in areas affected by…