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Devex Interviews UNFPA Director On Development Challenges, Gender Equality

Devex: UNFPA chief: What is gender parity, when you can’t exercise your rights? “How can parliamentarians push population issues more prominently in the international development agenda?” Devex interviews U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin about the challenges of development cooperation and including gender equality in the post-2015 framework…

Haiti Sees Gains In Cholera Fight As Dry Season Ends, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: As dry season ends in Haiti, significant gains seen in fight against cholera, U.N. official says “Significant gains in the fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti have been recorded as the dry season ends and the United Nations continues to support the government’s comprehensive strategy of…

5M Children Projected To Face Acute Malnutrition In Sahel

Agence France-Presse: 5 million children in Africa’s Sahel face acute malnutrition “Aid operations need urgent funding in north Africa’s Sahel region where five million children face the prospect of acute malnutrition, U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said…” (4/30).

U.N. Calls For Accountability Mechanism To Assess Post-2015 Development Goals

U.N. News Centre: Accountability key to ensuring development progress beyond 2015 — U.N. officials “As Member States continue work on a new post-2015 development agenda, United Nations officials today stressed the need for a robust yet flexible accountability framework to assess progress and achieve results, as well as ensure that…

U.S. Officials Urge Postponement Of Smallpox Virus Stockpile Destruction

Associated Press/ABC News: Scientists Urge Delay in Destroying Last Smallpox “More than three decades after the eradication of smallpox, U.S. officials say it’s still not time to destroy the last known stockpiles of the virus behind one of history’s deadliest diseases…” (Neergaard, 5/2).

WHO Declares Polio A World Health Emergency

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement on Monday that the spread of polio is now a world health emergency. Associated Press: U.N.: Spread of polio now a world health emergency “The World Health Organization says the spread of polio is an international public health emergency that threatens to infect…

Blog Discusses Various Topics On HIV/AIDS

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses articles on various topics regarding HIV/AIDS, including synopses on a UNAIDS letter addressing Russia’s drug policies; health promotion by sex workers in Bangladesh; Zambia’s HIV efforts; and Uganda’s anti-gay law (Barton, 5/2).

International Day Of The Midwife, Hand Hygiene Day Recognized On May 5

May 5 marks the International Day of the Midwife. “In 2014 the new subtheme ‘Midwives changing the world one family at a time’ sends a strong signal that midwives provide care that changes families, communities and the world by saving the lives of mothers and babies,” according to a statement…

UNAIDS Executive Director Speaks At amfAR Capitol Hill Briefing

“Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, [last week] delivered a keynote speech at The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) Capitol Hill Conference ‘Making AIDS History: From Science to Solutions.’ The conference gathered leading government, research, policy, and advocacy experts in Washington, D.C. to build on the enormous progress seen in…