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U.N. Responds To Humanitarian Situation In Syria

The U.N. News Centre reports on humanitarian efforts in Syria. U.N. News Centre: U.N. begins polio vaccination campaign at besieged Palestinian refugee camp in Syria “The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees said today it has begun a large-scale polio vaccination campaign targeting thousands of children in the Yarmouk refugee…

Nigeria Reinforces Commitment To Achieving MDGs

This Day Live: U.N. Envoy Pushes for More Progress on Health-related MDGs “With about 694 days to the dateline for health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations Special Envoy for Financing Health, MDGs, and Malaria, Ray Chambers, has called for [a] more concerted effort to accelerate the progress of…

E.U. Pledges $431M To UNICEF To Improve Maternal, Child Health

News outlets report that the European Union has pledged more than $400 million to UNICEF to improve maternal and child health. EurActiv: E.U. donates €320 million to UNICEF for child health, nutrition “The European Union announced yesterday (4 February) that it will give €320 million to UNICEF for projects tackling…

More Aid Needed To Tackle Zimbabwe’s Food Shortage, WFP Says

Deutsche Welle: More aid needed to stave off hunger in Zimbabwe “An estimated two million people in Zimbabwe are said to be facing starvation. The World Food Programme (WFP) has been finding it hard to raise funds to ease their situation due to demands from more recent crisis regions on…

UNAIDS Praises Kenyan First Lady’s Maternal, Child Health Campaign

The Star: U.N. praises First Lady’s maternal health project “The United Nations has lauded the Beyond Zero Campaign launched by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. It said the initiative will improve maternal and child health in [Kenya]. ‘Fifteen women die every day due to pregnancy related complications in Kenya and 20…

Reaching MDG Child Mortality Target Will Require Continued Investment, Innovation

Devex: Who’s winning the battle against child mortality? “Around the globe, child mortality rates are dropping … thanks to investments and partnerships among governments, investors, aid groups, and other stakeholders. … ‘The data show that tremendous progress has been made during the past few decades’ in improving the well-being of…

Global Measles Deaths Decline 78% Since 2000, WHO Data Show

News outlets report on new data from the WHO showing a significant decline in global deaths from measles since 2000. BBC News: Measles global deaths decline by 78%, WHO estimates “Global deaths from measles dropped 78 percent between 2000 and 2012, the World Health Organization estimates. New figures from the…

Shaky Ceasefire In Syrian City Of Homs Highlights Difficulties Delivering Aid

The U.N. News Centre and New York Times report on the humanitarian situation and three-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs. U.N. News Centre: U.N. humanitarian chief urges safe passage for aid delivery to Syrians in need “A top United Nations official said she is deeply disappointed that a…

‘Every Newborn Action Plan’ Will Put Newborn Survival At Top Of Global Agenda

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, discusses the “Every Newborn Action Plan [which is] led by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Now in draft form, the plan will be discussed during the 134th session of the…

U.N. Humanitarian Resolution On Syria Threatened After Russia, China Fail To Show Up

News outlets report on talks surrounding a U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria, which threaten to unravel after Russian and Chinese representatives failed to show up on Monday. Agence France-Presse: U.N. to press Russia on Syria humanitarian resolution “U.N. diplomats resumed the task of trying to persuade Russia to back a…